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Elderly couple rescued from Tamarack Lake in Lakeview

An elderly Lakeview couple was rescued Thursday afternoon after their sailboat capsized in Tamarack Lake. According to Montcalm County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Russell, John London and his wife, Lee, had been sailing in gusty winds when their boat capsized around 12:30 p.m. The Londons were wearing life jackets and were able to swim to a small island. A neighbor observed the incident and called 911.

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Stanton city manager receives high marks

At first glance, he may appear too young for the job, but Stanton City Manager James Freed is a true heavyweight when it comes to his performance as a public servant. This according to a recent evaluation by the Stanton City Commission and Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws. The commission briefly went into closed session at its regular meeting Tuesday evening to discuss Freed’s performance as manager over the past 12 months. The outcome of that session was for the most part a foregone conclusion: In virtually every category in which a manager is rated, Freed earned above-average marks.


Local authors to sign books Oct. 27 in Greenville

A book signing Saturday will give residents a chance to meet and greet local authors. People can visit Robbins Book List in Greenville from 1 to 3 p.m. to meet two local authors, Dallas Lincoln and Michael Taylor.

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Howard City’s Birchwood Golf Course sold to Sandyland Farms

Golfers, club members, family and friends gathered Sunday for a thank you buffet from the owners of Birchwood Golf Course. “This post is to make it official that the rumors that have been floating around that Birchwood Golf Course is being sold are indeed true,” stated Birchwood’s Facebook page on Oct. 3. “The agreement with Sandyland Farms was completed today. Members only until the last Sunday of October.” For the last 31 years, Mark and Debbie Heath have owned and operated the course at 6900 Masters Road just outside of Howard City.


OUR VIEW: Lillie for Eureka Township, Adams for Montcalm Township

Supervisor positions are up for vote on Nov. 6 in two of Montcalm County’s most active and growing communities — Eureka Township and Montcalm Township.

Greenville’s Jacob Bracey, right, battles for position during a game this season. The Yellow Jackets finished the year 5-13 overall.

Greenville soccer coach saw improvement this year

The Greenville boys soccer season didn’t go as well as coach Chris Hamman would have liked it to. The Yellow Jackets finished with a 5-13 overall and 2-8 in the O-K Bronze Conference. That was fifth out of the seven teams in the conference.

Ashley’s Kelsey Smith (10) attacks around the block of Montabella’s Sarah Ranney during the first game of the teams’ match Tuesday night.

Ashley volleyball spoils Montabella’s parents’ night

The losses keep piling up for Montabella’s volleyball team. The Mustangs lost their 7th dual match in a row Tuesday when they fell to the Ashley Bears 25-10, 25-18, 25-17.


Funeral Notices for Oct. 25, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.

Firefighters from the Maple Valley Township Fire Department were dispatched to a structure fire at 15721 W. Stanton road Wednesday afternoon where they quicly extinguished the fire. All four residents escaped the fire safely. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Four Trufant residents safe after quick knockdown of house fire

A young man’s desire for a glass of water before heading to bed may have turned out to be a life-saving gesture after he entered the kitchen to find the ceiling on fire. Rusty Vansiclen, 22, one of four Trufant-area residents living at 15721 W. Stanton road, said had he not walked into the kitchen Wednesday afternoon to get a glass of water, as he regularly does before going to sleep, the fire that was quickly extinguished by Maple Valley Township firefighters could have “been a lot worse” for he and his roomates, who were asleep.


OUR VIEW: It’s Ron for Districts 1, 5 and 7 in Montcalm County

Three of nine positions on the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are being contested in the Nov. 6 election.