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“Sgt. Trace” was shot earlier this year and left for dead. Thanks to the care and concern of several volunteers and agencies, the German shepherd has been given a new lease on life. — Courtesy photo

Stanton area animal lovers save life of dog that was shot and left for dead

It was sometime around last Christmas that neighbors living along Horseshoe Trail in Stanton first spotted Sgt. Trace pacing along the wood’s edge bordering their properties. The German shepherd seemed friendly but standoffish, even at first. When approached, the dog would vanish into the woods.

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Memorial service set for Tri County teen

Memorial services for a 16-year-old drowning victim will take place Thursday evening at his high school. Dalton Gustinis disappeared in the early morning hours of March 30. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies located his body the afternoon of March 31.

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Funeral Notices for April 11, 2012

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Child suffers minor injuries after bicycle strikes vehicle

A 7-year-old girl suffered minor injuries Monday afternoon after coming in contact with a car at the intersection of Lafayette and Oak streets. The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to a pedestrian versus car accident around 4:25 p.m. where they found the girl in good condition with a minor complaint of an injured foot.

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Charges filed against man who fled police, crashed in Greenville (W/Dash-cam VIDEO)

A Marion man who led police on a high-speed chase through Greenville before crashing his car into a tree is facing multiple felony counts following his arraignment Monday.

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Valedictorian-salutatorian policy debated at Lakeview schools meeting

Members of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education will review their current policy on valedictorians and salutatorians following an impassioned plea from Lakeview resident Paul Main. Main’s son, Dan Main, graduated from Lakeview High School in 2006 at the top of his class of 139 students. For his efforts, Paul Main said his son received nothing but a copy of his transcript.

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Chinese-language classes to be taught at Walnut Hills Elementary School

Kindergarteners at Walnut Hills Elementary School in Greenville will have the option to start learning the Chinese language starting in the fall. Greenville Public Schools (GPS) has received a $26,000 grant from College Board in partnership with Hanban/Confucius Institute in Chine to help fund two teachers to teach Chinese language to students.

From left to right, Montcalm County commissioners Lloyd Walker, Betty Kellenberger and John Johansen study a map of the Flat River Nature Park in Montcalm Township. Commissioners are discussing ways they can expand in the park in the future. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Flat River Nature Park plans continue to unfold

Montcalm County commissioners continue to discuss expanding the 69-acre Flat River Nature Park in Montcalm Township. The Economic Development and Physical Resources Committee discussed the issue again Monday, led by Commissioner John Johansen of Montcalm Township.

Lester Lawrence filled a lockbox with personal mementos and left it at a Crystal bank, where the box went unopened for seven decades. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Century-old mementos key to Crystal family’s history

Lester Lawrence opened a lockbox at a Crystal bank a century ago, filling the container with jewelry, letters, photographs, receipts and other personal mementos. Lawrence died in 1939 at the age of 73. The box went unopened in the bank’s basement for seven decades. In late 2008, Carol Peiffer became branch manager of Chemical Bank in Crystal. While cleaning out the basement, she tried opening the old lockbox, but it had rusted shut. Peiffer eventually had someone drill open the lockbox.

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Funeral Notices for April 10, 2012

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