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Greenville senior Joe Larsen shoots at a recent event for the Flat River Conservation Club.

Greenville shooter earns ‘opportunity of a lifetime’

It’s going to be a busy couple of weeks for Greenville High School senior Joe Larsen. Aside from graduation on June 3, Larsen was selected to train with the USA Shooting team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Second graders at Lincoln Heights Elementary School helped load lumber back into the Habitat for Humanity truck after signing boards that will be used to build a new home. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville students raise money for local Habitat for Humanity

Through a bake-sale fundraiser, Lincoln Heights Elementary School students raised money to buy lumber for the Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity. Dan Eagles of the Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity has been working with Betsy Gryka’s second-grade class over the years and helping out in the classroom.

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SHORT TAKES: To good health — for us and our children

A local brother-sister duo have inspired us to fight even harder for good health. Jeremy Britt, 23, is the youngest contestant ever to win the title of “The Biggest Loser,” the popular NBC show where real people work to lose real weight. Jeremy lost 199 pounds, while his sister, Conda, 24, lost 115 pounds.

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Trio charged after high-speed motorcycle chase

Three local motorcyclists have been arrested and charged with crimes after a high-speed chase from police last Friday night. Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Clay Thomas attempted to make a traffic stop on Jesse Ellsworth, 37, of Crystal, Scott Ripley, 37, of Greenville, and Chad Simmons, 32, of Edmore, just before midnight Friday.

Elizabeth Wittenbach spots one of the last remaining apple blossoms on her father’s orchard while taking a stroll through the trees Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding senior is area’s only student to win National Merit Scholarship

They say an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. For Belding High School senior Elizabeth Wittenbach, having grown up on an apple orchard farmed by her father, that analogy couldn’t be more appropriate.

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Greenville City Council reviews 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Program budget

The Greenville City Council held a special meeting Tuesday to review items on the Capital Improvement Program budget with the city manager. The 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Program is a plan that identifies projects and equipment purchases and how they will be funded. The typically five-year plans area aimed to improve the city and its entities.

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Funeral Notices for May 23, 2012

Read The Daily Funeral Notices for Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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Crystal man dies in car crash

Jack Russell Vrooman, 68, of Crystal, died around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash on Sidney Road near Vickeryville Road in Evergreen Township.

Lakeview’s Alex King, left, and Central Montcalm’s LaShae Wright jump over the last hurdle in their preliminary heat in the 100-meter hurdles at Tuesday’s CSAA league meet.

Chippewa Hills, Morley Stanwood win CSAA track titles

The Central State Activities Association has some track teams in it that force every individual on the teams to perform their best. “In the CSAA you get tested every week,” Central Montcalm boys track coach Kris Kolbe said. “From top to bottom it’s the toughest league I’ve seen. But it really prepares you for regionals and invites, where your kids can shine.”

Tri County High School senior Isaac Smith is set to graduate Thursday night. He will be attending East Tennessee State University on a music scholarship this fall. He plans to incorporate his career as a musician with his second love, helping special needs students. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tri County senior uses music to help special needs students

When you wade into the world of music with most high school students, certain names tend to rise to the surface — Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber. Tri County High School senior Isaac Smith marches to the beat of a different drummer — or he would if drums were featured more prominently in bluegrass music. Del McCoury, Earl Scruggs and Mississippi John Hurt are far more likely to find their way onto Smith’s iPod than any pubescent heartthrob crowding pop’s top 100.