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From left to right, Montcalm County commissioners Lloyd Walker, Betty Kellenberger and John Johansen study a map of the Flat River Nature Park in Montcalm Township. Commissioners are discussing ways they can expand in the park in the future. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Flat River Nature Park plans continue to unfold

Montcalm County commissioners continue to discuss expanding the 69-acre Flat River Nature Park in Montcalm Township. The Economic Development and Physical Resources Committee discussed the issue again Monday, led by Commissioner John Johansen of Montcalm Township.

Lester Lawrence filled a lockbox with personal mementos and left it at a Crystal bank, where the box went unopened for seven decades. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Century-old mementos key to Crystal family’s history

Lester Lawrence opened a lockbox at a Crystal bank a century ago, filling the container with jewelry, letters, photographs, receipts and other personal mementos. Lawrence died in 1939 at the age of 73. The box went unopened in the bank’s basement for seven decades. In late 2008, Carol Peiffer became branch manager of Chemical Bank in Crystal. While cleaning out the basement, she tried opening the old lockbox, but it had rusted shut. Peiffer eventually had someone drill open the lockbox.

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Funeral Notices for April 10, 2012

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Greenville opens season with shutout of Lakeview

Lakeview’s girls soccer team had three games under their belt going into Monday’s game against Greenville. But it was the Yellow Jackets who looked like the team that had played more games, even though it was their first.

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Montabella golfers return experience

The Montabella Mustangs boys golf team has improved on the course each of the past couple of years. Those improvements are expected to continue with high expectations this year. The Mustangs did not make it beyond districts a year ago, but will be looking to return to regionals and even the state tournament.

Central Montcalm’s Christa DePue, left, clears a hurdle during an event last season. The Hornets host Carson City-Crystal and Montabella on Wednesday.

Central Montcalm track ready to resume season

Both the boys and girls Central Montcalm track teams finished with even records in 2011. Both teams finished the season with 4-4 overall dual records, but will be looking to improve upon that this season.

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SHORT TAKES: Ferris State on the hockey map

Hats off to the Ferris State Bulldogs. Those words came from Boston College coach Jerry York, whose Eagles won the NCAA national championship hockey showdown Saturday night.

Members of G.H.O.S.T. Paranormal Investigations watch a live feed on a monitor of four infrared cameras that were set up up throughout Clifford Lake Inn. — Daily News/Cory Smith

G.H.O.S.T. paranormal group certifies Clifford Lake Inn as haunted (VIDEO)

The question of whether spirits from the afterlife are among us here on earth has lingered for centuries, but according to one paranormal investigation team, Clifford Lake Inn in Stanton is officially haunted with their presence. G.H.O.S.T. Paranormal Investigations, based out of Mount Pleasant, officially declared the restaurant haunted earlier this year. Their findings, despite what you may believe, were discovered using equipment and tactics similar to what you might see on several paranormal television shows, but without the theatrics.

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Funeral Notices for April 9, 2012

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A white Buick car crashed into a tree on the property of the former Greenville Country Club off Judd Street near Marvel Drive after the driver led police officers on a chase spanning more than 12 miles throughout Montcalm County. — Daily News/Cory Smith

High-speed chase ends in Greenville crash (W/Dash-cam VIDEO)

A Marion man is in custody after leading police officers on a chase that spanned more than 12 miles early this morning, ending when he crashed his car into a tree in Greenville. Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a possibly intoxicated man driving a white car in the wrong lane in the Stanton areas around midnight Sunday.