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Vukin named Montcalm County’s new treasurer

Montcalm County Chief Deputy Treasurer JoAnne Vukin will be the new county treasurer next year. Vukin, of Pierson Township, will fill the remainder of current Treasurer Marcia Sawdy’s term until Dec. 31, 2012, and has the option of running for a new four-year term in the November 2012 election.

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Yellow Jackets hold off Red Hawks 62-55

Twice the Greenville Yellow Jackets held double digit leads and twice the Cedar Springs Red Hawks fought back. In the end, the Yellow Jackets battled and held on for a 62-55 boys basketball season opening win on the road.

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Second quarter gives Tri County win over Hornets

STANTON — Had it not been for a single quarter in which Central Montcalm went on a dry spell Tuesday night, the boys basketball game against Tri County would have been a lot closer.

Instead, the second quarter did in the Green Hornets. The Vikings took advantage for a 60-50 win in the first game of the season for both teams, who inaugurated their new coaches.

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United Solar returns grant money

United Solar Ovonic has agreed to give back about $11 million of a Community Development Block Grant. The grant was part of an incentive package to lure the Auburn Hills-based company to Greenville.

From left to right, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Snyder, Deputy Jamie Medler, Staff Sgt. Brian Waber and Deputy Kevin Germain convene while investigating a shooting on Briggs Road in Douglass Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Gun fired after Douglass Township domestic dispute

A man fired a gun after a domestic disturbance in Douglass Township on Wednesday. Montcalm County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Waber said a boyfriend and girlfriend were arguing in a mobile home around 10:40 a.m. at 5414 W. Briggs Road when a gun discharged.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 8, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011

Eugenia Kowalczyk Lecko, 85, points to her homeland of Poland on a map. She was taken from Poland as a girl with the rest of her family and sent to a Russian labor camp during World War II. She traveled throughout the world before retiring in Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City woman recalls time in Russian labor camp


Seventy years ago today, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in a surprise attack, bringing the United States into World War II. Half a world away, a Polish family was trying to survive the horrors of a Russian labor camp in Siberia.

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OUR VIEW: Homeland Security snow cones: What will they think of next?

We can all sleep soundly tonight knowing that when disaster strikes, Montcalm County is armed and ready to deploy its… snow cone machine? That’s right, a snow cone machine.

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Belding OKs bylaws, guidelines for historic district

Belding’s Historic District Commission is one step closer to becoming an official city committee. Members of the Belding City Council approved bylaws, rules of procedure and guidelines under which the commission will operate.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Russell investigates a call of shots fired Tuesday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon.

Police believe call of shots fired in Gowen was fake

A man with alleged mental health issues told police an acquaintance fired a shotgun at him before fleeing into the woods. But police are skeptical of the report and have no evidence suggesting a shooting ever took place. Sheriff Bill Barnwell said deputies responded to a call of a possible shooting around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Johnson and Holland Lake roads.