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A “Community Grand Opening Week” begins at Bookwalter Chevrolet-Buick in Stanton Monday as the dealership welcomes new ownership with the dealership president Brandon Stowell and vice president and NBA veteran Chris Kaman. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Stanton man, NBA vet, team up as new owners of Bookwalter Chevrolet-Buick

After 40 years of ownership and ready to welcome retirement, John Bookwalter didn’t have to look far in finding the right person to hand the keys of his car dealership to. Having owned Bookwalter Chevrolet-Buick since acquiring it in 1977, Bookwalter has employed numerous people, from high school students to longtime community residents, and in looking toward the future he chose one of his dedicated staff members in Brandon Stowell.

A jam session takes place on the sidewalk outside the new Gitchel & Krope Music Store in downtown Howard City last Saturday, featuring from left, Tony Ward of Mecosta on barstool, store co-owner Luke Gitchel of Winfield Township, Dylan Deitz of Lakeview, store co-owner Tom Krope of Winfield Township and Billie Brandt of Winfield Township in back on the drums. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Gitchel & Krope Music Store opens in Howard City

Montcalm County’s Panhandle community continues to be known for its support of local music. Last January, Luke Gitchel and Tom Krope purchased the property at 210 E. Edgerton St. — which formerly housed Helping Hands Food Pantry — from the Howard City Downtown Development Authority for $15,000.


Funeral Notices for April 15, 2017

The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, April 15, 2017

Amber Rowland is pictured in happier times on a poster created by friends and family after Amber fatally overdosed on heroin in the summer of 2016. She was 25 years old. — Daily News/Cory Smith

HEROIN HITS HOME: Part 1, ‘Kissing Everything Goodbye’

“I was 22 and only smoked weed, drank from here and there, took pills sometimes. Some call me a late bloomer.” — So begins a letter written by Amber Rowland on April 11, 2016, and read aloud in Montcalm County’s Drug Court as a success story from someone who was bound by addiction, but fought to be sober.

This summer, as part of John “JD” Johansen’s Eagle Scout project, several trees within Monroe Cemetery will be cut and cleared to create more usable space. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Greenville Boy Scout plans to improve Monroe Cemetery

John “JD” Johansen is planning on spending much of his time at Monroe Cemetery this summer before he starts 10th grade at Greenville High School.

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Montcalm County commissioner sentenced for drunken driving

A Montcalm County commissioner was sentenced this week to one day in jail, probation and costs for drunken driving last year.

Crystal Township Supervisor Chris Johnston addresses the issue of rental lease agreements for the Crystal Community Center during Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Community Center renters frustrated with Crystal Township Board

A decision to reverse a rental agreement last month by the Crystal Township Board resulted in a tense back-and-forth between business owners and township officials Wednesday evening.

Max George, survey manager with Fleis & VandenBrink, shows Sheridan Village Council members and residents how the former Carnation property is currently split up. George along with Bruce Pindzia, senior project manager with Fleis & VandenBrink, are working on simplifying the division of the property. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Sheridan nears end of redeveloping Carnation property

Just over a year ago, this community said goodbye to the old Carnation condensery building.

The Sheridan Village Council hopes to welcome new businesses to that property this year.

Edmore Department of Public Works employee Tim Shinabargar stands next to a used vactor truck Edmore recently purchased for $10,000. Shinabargar has already used the vactor truck and says it makes a difference on projects. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Purchase of used vactor truck helps Edmore DPW

When Department of Public Works (DPW) employees respond to a water leak in Edmore, they’ll be bringing along their newest piece of equipment: A vactor truck.

Nicodemus (Del Pike) listens as Jesus (Nelson Hayden) explains to Joe of Sheridan (Josh Bishop) that the church is full of sinners, and He has come to earth to pay the ultimate price for each one. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Stanton church presents original Easter drama ‘Born Again’

The ordinary caterpillar toils daily, but it is not until he goes through a transformation that he becomes free to soar. Stanton’s Trinity Church uses that same concept in its original musical Easter drama “Born Again.”

The church will feature “Born Again” at 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Easter Sunday.