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Emma Simpson, 4, of Stanton, shows no fear of the diving board, or the water at the Montcalm Community College pool, which was open for Saturday’s annual Family Fun Day and Early Childhood Expo. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Family Fun Day staged at Montcalm Community College

Raising kids can be a challenge under the best of circumstances. When money’s short, help is unavailable or the child has special needs, things become even more challenging. In the Greenville area, there are many organizations anxious to offer a helping hand, but too often parents are unaware of their existence. To help remedy this situation, on Saturday the We Care for Kids Council held its annual Family Fun Day and Early Childhood Expo at Montcalm Community College’s Activities Building in Sidney.

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Funeral Notices for April 23, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, April 23, 2012

Montabella’s Drew Nemeth fouls off a pitch during the first game of the Fulton Invitational Saturday.

Montabella baseball team splits at Fulton Invitational

Montabella’s baseball team had two games that were completely different, and not just because of the outcome. The Mustangs lost the first game of two at the Fulton Invitational Saturday to the host Pirates 12-2, but then knocked off Vestaburg 7-2 in the second game.

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Lakeview girls soccer play pleasing coach

So far so good for the Lakeview soccer team, according to their coach. The Wildcats are 4-3-1 overall for the season following Friday’s 2-0 loss at Ludington.

Tyler Helton (courtesy of Tyler Helton's Facebook page)

Sand Lake man dead, Howard City man turns himself in after hit-and-run

A Howard City man turned himself in to police this morning after allegedly causing a fatal hit-and-run accident Saturday night. The Michigan State Police responded to the accident shortly after 9 p.m. on Stanton Road between Jones Road and Maple Hill Road in Pierson Township.

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Couple injured in U.S. 131 accident, police searching for second vehicle

A Reed City couple was injured in an accident Saturday afternoon on U.S. 131. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident at 3 p.m. on southbound U.S. 131 south of Cutler Road in Reynolds Township.

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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.