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Glen Strouse of Belding relaxes with The Daily News in the new recliner he won from Larry’s Northtown Furniture after his 10-year-old daughter Faith entered an essay about him in the Glad Your My Dad! Contest. Faith’s letter was one of 24 entries in the Father’s Day contest, in which The Daily News and Larry’s Northtown partnered to give away both a chair and year-long subscription to the paper. — Daily News/Andy Kraft

Daughter’s essay lands Belding dad in new chair

Glen Strouse thought he was going to Larry’s Northtown Furniture and Appliance Friday morning to help his mom, Fran, pick out a new chair. Instead, he stood speechless when told that his 10-year-old daughter, Faith, had entered The Daily News/Larry’s Northtown “Glad You’re My Dad!” contest and won a new chair for him. Just in time for Father’s Day.


SHORT TAKES: What’s the value of a tree?

How much is a tree worth? About $468.75, according to the U.S. District Court. That’s how much Ray and Joann Christensen and their son, Joe Christensen, of Montcalm Township, were ordered to pay times 96 for the 96 trees they cut down on a portion of the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail.


Funeral Notices for June 16, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, June 16, 2012

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Trio of Greenville drug dealers/users locked up

A trio of drug dealers/users are off the streets of Greenville. Jason Nichols, 25, was convicted by a Montcalm County jury this week of possession of marijuana second offense, maintaining a drug house and being a habitual offender.


Central Montcalm, Lakeview land players on all CSAA

Both Central Montcalm and Lakeview had baseball and softball players who were named all-conference by the CSAA. In baseball, Green Hornet pitcher Micah Parr was named first-team all-conference. Wildcat Kyler Ridgeway and Central’s Hunter Myers were second-team.

Greenville’s Mackenzie Nichols gets ready to move the ball up the field during a game against Lakeview early in the soccer season. — File photo

Lewis stepping down as Greenville girls soccer coach after 5 seasons

Nathan Lewis had been coaching Greenville girls soccer for the past five years. But he resigned his position after the season ended so he could spend more time with his family.

Lakeview’s Ally Reed, left, chases Greenville’s Rachel Taft for the ball during a game earlier in the season. — File photo

Lakeview’s Reed tops big soccer season with all-state nod

2012 was a record-setting season for Ally Reed. The Lakeview senior upped her own record for most goals scored in a season, scoring 29 in the 2012 campaign.

Daily News/Chip Burch  Central Montcalm’s Tyler Sleet winds up to hit his approach shot on the 15th fairway at Forest Akers East Golf Course Friday.  — Daily News/Chip Burch

Central Montcalm boys golfers shoot 340 at state finals

Central Montcalm boys golf coach Gary Buchholz set a goal for his team to shoot a team score of 320 at the Division 3 state finals both Friday and today. The Green Hornets missed that goal, and they are well behind because of it.

Kryslyn Matthews, 17, performs on the guitar while singing “All This Time” by Brenda Cole Thursday night at the 4-H Style Review and Performing Arts show. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local 4-H’ers perform at Style & Performing Arts Show (Photo Gallery)

There’s no doubt children throughout the area are intensely preparing for the fast approaching Montcalm County 4-H Fair, whether they are showing animals, working on crafts or honing a special skill. But for one night, 4-H members were placed on the center stage not to earn ribbons for animals or agricultural work, but for unique talents of their own.


Greenville Planning Commission meeting canceled due to no quorum

The Greenville Planning Commission meeting was canceled Thursday night after not having enough members to have a quorum. Four commissioners were present and decided to wait 15 minutes for one more commissioner to show to make quorum. However, no one else showed.