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4-H club members honored Saturday night include Kayla Burke, Above and Beyond award; Grace DeGelder, first runner-up; Heather Russell, second runner-up; and Mikalah Gribbell, 2012 Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Trufant teenager is 2012 4-H’er of the Year

The highest honor bestowed on a 4-H clubber in Montcalm County is the Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year award. In a field of four contenders, Mikalah Gribbell, 16, of Trufant, came out on top to be named 4-H’er of the year at an awards ceremony Saturday night.


Funeral Notices for June 25, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, June 25, 2012


OUR VIEW: Another sad night for Greenville business

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Nelson family after a fire tragically destroyed the Nelson’s Speed Shop building north of Greenville and its valuable contents early yesterday morning. This is an especially difficult pill to swallow, as it’s the second time Nelson’s — a huge retailer of snowmobiles, ATVs and all kinds of power equipment and parts — has lost everything in a blaze. In 2001, arson was blamed for a fire that demolished the building. Richard Crew and Stewart David Barron were both indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson. Crew was sentenced to 84 months in prison, while Barron was sentenced to 63 months. Both men also were ordered to pay $4 million in restitution.

Rockford’s Buck Jones stands with his 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, which he dedicated two years into restoring. The Bel Air was the first vehicle Jones ever owned when he was a teenager. He purchased this vehicle in 1991, having only added 10,000 miles to it since.

REVVED UP: Camaraderie is center of weekly car show

There was a time in America when the automobile reigned supreme; before catalytic converters, before unleaded gas, before pay-at-the-pump “convenience” stations. The automobile, more than any other single element, helped shape the development of this country. Without the tons of rolling iron that exited Detroit’s assembly lines in the 1950s and ‘60s, there would never have been suburbs, interstate highway systems, or lyrics to 95 percent of the music ever recorded by the Beach Boys.

Edmore's Deb Boerma has been pretty handle working under the hood of her vehicles since she was 12, when her stepfather taught her auto maintenance on the family's tractor.

REVVED UP: Edmore’s Boerma knows the ‘mechanics’ of saving a buck

Deb Boerma has been working on cars so long she can usually identify the size of a bolt simply by looking at it. Boerma grew up on a farm and has always loved being outside. Rather than being in the confines of the house, she learned at age 11 to drive a tractor. By age 12, she was handy with tools and could always be found tinkering under the hood of the tractor, taking to heart the advice her stepfather gave her that if she was going to learn to drive, she was also going to learn to fix the vehicles she drove.


Funeral Notices for June 23, 2012

Today Helen Howe Allen — 11 a.m., Vickeryville United Methodist Church. (Simpson Family Funeral Home, Sheridan)   Sunday   Mary Kay Janulis — 2 p.m., North Park Presbyterian Church, Grand Rapids.   Wednesday   Kenneth L. Rogers – 11 a.m., Sheridan Congregational Church, Sheridan. (Simpson Family Funeral Home, Sheridan)   Kenneth L. Rogers, 55   [...]

Timothy Flynn

Belding school board members facing recall

The aftermath of a controversial decision by the Belding school board to privatize the district’s janitorial staff in April has led to the start of an official recall effort of the board president and vice president.

The front facing of Nelson’s Speedshop in Montcalm Township now stands charred by a fire that consumed the building early Friday morning.

Area firefighters fought Nelson Speed Shop blaze for nearly 10 hours

The cause of a fire that ravaged Nelson’s Speed Shop in the early morning hours of Friday remains unknown. About 75 firefighters from 11 departments began clearing the scene at 11:30 a.m. Friday — 10 hours after the fire was reported at 1:30 a.m. The fire started in the back of the business on the west side of the building where the warehouse is located on M-91 just north of Greenville.

A look at Legacy Field from the player entrance tunnel. Stadium workers are laying the padding that will be underneath the turf playing surface.

Legacy Field making good progress

When the Greenville Yellow Jackets meet the Belding Redskins in football — just 63 days away — they will do so on the high school campus in the newly constructed Legacy Field.


First Greenville High School hall of fame class announced

Greenville High School will begin to honor individual players, teams, coaches, administrators and community members involved with their athletic programs with a new hall of fame.