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Ed Gilbert: The spring turkey hunt is here

Here it is. The spring turkey hunt is about to pop open and many hunters are prepared for it or busy getting ready. As I believe I mentioned a while back, I’ll not be carrying my shotgun with me because I absolutely forgot to apply for a license. However, I’ll be calling for one of my hunting pals and that’s almost as good as carrying the gun.

While touring the Parker Hannifin plant in Lakeview, Plant Manager Dave Remus, right, shows State Rep. Rick Outman, left, and James Freed, center, brass fittings that the plant produces. - Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Montcalm County manufacturing growth slow but steady

The manufacturing industry is growing in Montcalm County. Government officials toured county factories Friday to see how they can help the factories, as well as keep them here locally.

Anthony Stickler said the Montcalm Alliance carefully selected the books at the Montcalm County Business Resource Center housed in the Home Township Library in Edmore for long-standing, practical information. - Daily News/Robin Miller

Montcalm County Business Resource Center offers business startup tools

The Montcalm County Business Resource Center (MCBRC) — located in the Home Township Library in Edmore — was created specifically for entrepreneurs who need a place to investigate potential business concepts prior to launching a new business.

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Spectrum Health United Hospital in top 100 nationwide

Spectrum Health United Hospital (SHUH) in Greenville was named one of the top 100 best hospitals in the country based on Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals surveyed. Of the 918 small-community hospitals surveyed nationwide, only 20 were selected as recipients. SHUH is the only small-community hospital, under 100 beds, in the region to receive the recognition.

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Sheridan fire department offers fire safety program for children

The Sheridan Community Fire Department is organizing a fire and burn safety prevention program for local children. More than 260 children ages 5 to 12 will receive educational fire prevention materials created and geared toward each age level, according to Fire Chief Doug Lane.

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Funeral Notices-April 21, 2012

Read funeral notices for Saturday, April 21, 2012.

Just Thinking | Julie Stafford

JULIE STAFFORD: Dead things

The first clue there was a problem was the smell — something was dead, no mistaking it.

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Overdose sends Greenville High School student to hospital

A Greenville High School student was transported to the hospital Thursday morning after police discovered he had become ill smoking marijuana laced with incense. Greenville Department of Public Safety officers discovered at 7:45 a.m. that a 15-year-old student had been smoking marijuana laced with either “K2” or “Spice,” which are both synthetic drugs, prior to reporting to school.

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Greenville’s Stephens to sing national anthem at Tigers game

Julie Stephens is used to being in the spotlight. After all, she’s been singing in many venues and in front of different audiences since she was 9 years old. However, this Tuesday will be Stephens’ biggest performance yet — singing the national anthem at a Detroit Tigers home game in Comerica Park.

Belding first baseman Seth Nelson ends a Sparta rundown with a tag during Thursday’s O-K Blue game at home. Sparta won 4-2. — Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding baseball bats quiet in 4-2 loss to Sparta

The Belding Redskins and Sparta Spartans are evenly matched on the baseball field. Meeting for the third time in three days, the Spartans pieced together some timely hits while silencing the Redskins’ bats in a 4-2 O-K Blue victory on Thursday night. Sparta starter Michael Flannery pitched a gem. He allowed just one hit in 6 1-3 innings of work and two runs.