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Funeral Notices for Feb. 29, 2012

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Part-time court security deputy Bruce Schnepp checks over Greenville resident Antonio Stewart during his visit to the Montcalm County Court Complex. Schnepp, along with two other court security officers, are expected to lose their jobs with the failing of the law enforcement millage.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County law enforcement millage fails

Montcalm County sheriff’s officials were in a somber mood Tuesday night as a law enforcement millage was narrowly shot down by voters. A 1 mill property tax increase request lost 4,205 to 4,085 – a difference of only 120 votes. The millage passed in Belvidere, Cato, Eureka, Home and Sidney townships, the city of Carson City, the city of Stanton and three of four precincts in the city of Greenville. The millage failed in Bloomer, Bushnell, Crystal, Douglass, Fairplains, Ferris, Maple Valley, Montcalm, Pierson, Pine, Reynolds, Richland and Winfield townships. The millage passed in one Evergreen Township precinct and failed in another. It tied in Day Township.

Colton Boehm of Greenville, left, looks for a rebound on Tuesday night at Kenowa Hills.

Greenville boys basketball finishes regular season with 19 wins

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team was looking to get back on track after their first loss of the season on Saturday. They were looking to attack, they were looking to pressure and they were looking to run. They did just that.


Eureka Township road millage renewed by voters

The residents of Eureka Township voted to renew the township’s road millage. Tuesday night, 386 people voted to renew the millage, while 308 voted the millage down.

John Reniff

Howard City family remembers Gladstone man as ‘loving and caring’

John Reniff was in Howard City for his grandmother’s birthday party Sunday. He and his girlfriend, Melissa Ballard, were leaving the Tour Inn Motel to go to his grandmother’s house just a few blocks away. Just a mile south, a female driver allegedly on drugs had caused one accident and was about to cause another that would take Reniff’s life.

Once a classroom nuisance, cell phones are becoming educational tools for many schools at the elementary, high school and collegiate levels. However, some school officials still see cell phones as a distraction and have adopted strict rules to keep students from using them during class. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Area schools’ technology policies evolve to embrace cell phones and other devices

Cell phones and electronic devices — once considered contraband in schools — are now being viewed as educational tools. But some still believe they are a distraction and a discipline issue. Following Central Montcalm Public School’s laptop distribution in 2010 and 2011, other schools are headed in similar directions. Greenville Public Schools officials are currently testing smart phones for educational purposes and Vestaburg Community School officials are looking into tablets.


(GALLERY) 4 injured in Belding area roll-over accident

Four people were injured after the car they were riding in lost control and rolled into a cornfield Tuesday.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Clayton Thomas, left, and Deputy Charlie Mahar, right, examine a stolen 1998 Chevrolet two-door vehicle. — Courtesy photo

Teenager arrested after confessing to stealing car

A 14-year-old male was arrested for unlawful driving away of an automobile early Monday morning after authorities responded to the Half Moon Lake Hotel on a report of a stolen vehicle. While Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating the incident at the hotel around 2:30 a.m., a caller reported a male subject, described as wearing a black hoodie, and said he was running eastbound in the area of Janet Drive.

Presley York (Larry Moss) samples the macroons as the other guests, Dr. Alberta Prince (Lindsay Tallian), Horatio Miles (Spencer Tower), Mimms (Ruthy Bolton) and Clayhorn (Ric Davenport) wait to see if they are poisoned in “And Then There Was One,” the Greenville Area Community Center’s 2012 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater presentation. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

‘Funky, funny mystery murder’ lively entertainment for all

In a spoof paralleling Agatha Christie’s famous novel “And Then There Were None,” the Greenville Area Community Center 2012 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater presents “And Then There Was One.” An annual fundraiser for the center, the event is Friday and Saturday. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 at the community center located at 900 E. Kent Road. Tickets are $20 for both dinner and the show, or $15 for the show only. Tickets are available at the community center or by calling (616) 754-9163.


Tri County pulls off upset, ends Belding’s season 67-57

Tri County’s girls basketball team went into the Class B district tournament with just three wins. Belding’s team had six. On paper, the Redskins had a big advantage. But the Vikings didn’t cooperate.