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Although some damage was done to this cherry tree at Watts’ Orchards in Howard City, it was the frost in early spring that took fruit from the tree, leaving owners Wayne, above, and Bruce Watts without any crops to harvest. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

2012 has been one of the hardest years for local growers

Between the unusual warm winter, a freeze and now a record-setting heatwave in Montcalm County, this year has been a struggle for local growers and possibly one of the worst years in history. “It’s devastating to us,” summarized Wayne Watts, who owns Watts’ Orchards in Howard City along with his son, Bruce Watts.

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Suspects caught after wave of Orleans Township larcenies

ORLEANS TOWNSHIP — After responding to more than 20 reported larcenies near Long Lake throughout the past few weeks, the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office has identified several persons responsible for the recent crime spree. According to Undersheriff Dale Miller, the sheriff’s office responded to 12 reports of larceny and two reports of breaking and entering [...]

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Funeral Notices for July 9, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, July 9, 2012

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Reynolds Township fatal victim identified

REYNOLDS TOWNSHIP — A 19-year-old woman who was killed after she was struck by a car Friday morning has been identified as Mariah Coral Kohn of Howard City. According to Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger, the accident occurred around 5:30 a.m. when Kohn was lying down in the road on M-46 near Edgar Road just [...]

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Crystal Motor Speedway hosts double the action

The Fourth of July holiday has always made Crystal Motor Speedway a very busy place and this Independence Day was no different. Fresh off a race June 30th, racers and fans gathered again at the speedway on the eve of the national holiday and then again on Saturday a mere four days later.

Belding’s Telson Jones clears the bar in the high hurdles during a track meet in the spring.

Belding track teams deal with injuries, inexperience

Belding normally has had some good track teams in recent years. 2012 was not one of them due to injuries and youth, according to coach John Carlson.

This Arctic Blast Sno-Cone machine, worth $900, hasn’t been used once since it arrived in Montcalm County last winter as part of a federal grant. — File photo

Montcalm County Homeland Security snow cone machine remains unused

Temps broke the 100-degree mark this week.
More than 9,000 Montcalm County residents were without power after a Thursday morning windstorm.
The annual Montcalm County 4-H Fair took place amid some of the hottest weather anyone can remember. Special plans had to be made to make sure youths and animals stayed hydrated.
A major Greenville business was destroyed in a fire that took 75 firefighters from 11 fire departments to extinguish — plus a weeklong investigation by a federal agency.

Ron Farrell retired June 30 after serving Montabella Community Schools for a total of 41 years. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Montabella says goodbye to longtime leader, welcomes new superintendent

Montabella Community Schools is bidding farewell to longtime Superintendent Ron Farrell as two new faces fill administrative vacancies. Shelly Millis is leaving her position as Montabella Elementary School principal to assume the superintendent vacancy, while Brad Reyburn is taking over as elementary principal.

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OUR VIEW: Healthcare ruling leaves many questions

Well, it’s here. The Supreme Court of our country, in a landmark decision, has apparently made universal health care availability the law of our land.

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Summer heat is difficult for the homeless

Look around Greenville and you will see people trying to beat the summer heat. Thinking about the homeless and wondering how they escape the extreme temperatures at this time of year? One place of refuge is Hope Rescue Mission in Greenville. We offer those with no place else to go a place out of the sun. We try to keep plenty of liquids available for people at the shelter and in need. However, our donations of water to give away is depleted