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Emma Fowler, 12, of Greenville, holds up necklaces of beads, which each bead represented a feat in her recovery of Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

HEALTH and WELLNESS: Cancer — Stories of survival

The sound of glass breaking somewhere downstairs when you’re tucked safely into a 3 a.m. bed; the low growl of an unseen dog on a dark summer’s night; unexpected knocking from beneath your car’s hood when you’re miles from home. All these qualify as scary noises. But the scariest noise of all, the one most people fear above all else, may be summed up in three words: “You have cancer.”

Owen Newland, left, and Dayton Reeves have been collecting chapsticks and toy tractors to donate to the  DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids for young patient, in honor of Bree and Madison Town of Greenville. Bree Town is battling leukemia. The two Belding five-year-old boys will be collecting donations until June 16. Drop donations off at The Daily News office at 109 N. Lafayette St. in Greenville or call (616) 550-0668 for more information.

Lil tykes, big heart: Belding 5-year-old boys collect donations for young patients

Five-year-old Belding buddies Owen Newland and Dayton Reeves have been collecting chapsticks and toy tractors to donate to the DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids for young patient, in honor of Bree and Madison Town of Greenville. Bree Town is battling leukemia.

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Greenville OKs public safety agreement

The Greenville City Council accepted an agreement with the Police Officers Association of Michigan for the officers of the Greenville Department of Public Safety. After coming out of an executive session on Tuesday, the City Council approved the one-year agreement. Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden said in the past, the agreements have been three-year-long agreements. However, with the unpredictable budgets, the last two years the agreements were only one-year agreements.

Miss Danish Festival Audrey Frank is competing next week in the Miss Michigan Scholarship pageant in Muskegon. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Miss Danish Festival preparing for Miss Michigan competition

It was on a whim that Audrey Frank opted to compete in the Miss Danish Festival pageant last August. She won that title, earning the right to compete in the Miss Michigan Scholarship pageant and perhaps proceed to the Miss America Scholarship pageant. Following a send-off celebration last Friday at Greenville Area Community Center, Frank, 20, of Greenville, will leave Sunday for Muskegon for rehearsals, public appearances, photos and autograph sessions prior to two evenings of preliminary rounds and Saturday evening’s final round of competition among the 31 contestants vying for the title of Miss Michigan.

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Belding council approves MSHDA housing program

For those looking to buy a home in the city limits of Belding, a fair amount of relief may now be able to come your way. At Tuesday’s city council meeting, members of Belding City Council voted unanimously to approve housing program guidelines from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s (MSHDA) Homebuyer Purchase Rehabilitation Program.

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Funeral Notices for June 8, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, June 8, 2012

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Man arrested after crashing into Orleans Township residence, fleeing scene

A man is in custody after crashing a vehicle into the front of a building earlier this morning. Ionia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an accident at 5999 N. State Road at 3:24 a.m.

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Morley man who fled after causing crash on 131 arrested

Alan Steven Phelps turned himself in late Wednesday afternoon to the Michigan State Police 6th District Fugitive Team. Phelps, 35, of Morley, was wanted on a five-count felony warrant out of Mecosta County for assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

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Montcalm County Parks & Rec OKs magazine

The Montcalm County Parks & Recreation Commission unanimously approved a bid Tuesday from a local company to publish the next edition of Discover Montcalm. Stafford Media Solutions in Greenville, which owns and publishes The Daily News, will publish the local tourism magazine set to be released in December.

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OUR VIEW: Food that’s in when school is out

Children who are part of low-income or even homeless families continue to make up a sizable portion of the population in Montcalm County and surrounding areas. Local school officials are continuing to step up to the challenge, as they have in years past.