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During his 22 years of service in the U.S. Navy, Chief Petty Officer Jay Durnell, left, became a Blue Angel pilot. — Courtesy photo

Sailing into the sunset: Greenville man retiring from U.S. Navy

After spending 22 years in the U.S. Navy, Chief Petty Officer Jay Durnell, 40, is retiring and returning home to Greenville to spend time with his family. When Durnell was 18 years old, he enlisted in the Navy as an E1 seaman recruit and over the years worked his way up to the seventh highest in command — chief petty officer. It was the 1960s movie “The Gallant Hours” that inspired Durnell to go into the Navy.


Sheridan Community Hospital restructured

Sheridan Community Hospital is undergoing some major changes. The 22-licensed bed acute care hospital serving Montcalm County and parts of Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Mecosta counties is now being controlled by two new entities — Michigan Rural Health Care Preservation and the newly created Sheridan Health Care Preservation. Michigan Rural Health Care Preservation has offices in Deckerville, Saginaw and West Branch. The new Sheridan Health Care Preservation is comprised of the former hospital board of directors.


Belding school board recall fails to make ballot

An effort to add recall elections of two Belding school board members to the Nov. 6 general election ballot has failed after failure to acquire the necessary amount of signatures. On May 14, recall language for school board members Timothy Flynn and Tom Humphreys was submitted to Ionia County Clerk Tonda Rich. The language was approved on May 25 by Rich and the Ionia County Election Commission.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 20, 2012

Read funeral notices for Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

Lexie Edwards, Danielle Clise and Maegan Chinevere will be representing Central Montcalm High School at the regional Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association competition in Midland on Sept. 29 and 30.

Central Montcalm equestrian team to compete in regionals

It took a lot of horsing around for three young Stanton women to become division champions for District 8 Division C on Sept. 9. But all the hard work has paid off as the Central Montcalm High School Equestrian Team plans for its trip to regional competition at the end of the month.

Belding quarterback Brady Badder lines up behind center Cody Zahm during the season opening game against Greenville. Belding hosts Comstock Park on Friday.

Belding ready for B Foundation game

Friday night’s football game in Belding isn’t just a normal home game for the Redskins. It’s also the B Foundation’s Believe Week game, where the players will be playing for cancer victims.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Sept. 20

Belding 1st (Boys): The Redskins took home first place honors in the second O-K Blue Jamboree at Sparta on Wednesday. The Redskins had three runners in the top five spots…


OUR VIEW: ArtPrize sprinkled with local flavor

ArtPrize is here! Today it all begins … now until 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. It’s downtown and throughout Grand Rapids in over 160 venues, and it’s a ball for all.

The Reynolds Township office in downtown Howard City is closed for the foreseeable future after Tina Porzondek resigned as clerk and Lisa Lambert resigned as deputy clerk and Robin Sholty refused to accept an appointment to the clerk’s position. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

No clerk in Reynolds Township, offices closed indefinitely

The current Reynolds Township clerk has resigned and the Republican primary election winner — who faces no opposition in the general election — refuses to take office in the meantime. Tina Porzondek stepped down as clerk at last Thursday night’s Reynolds Township Board meeting, as did Deputy Clerk Lisa Lambert, effective immediately.

Students from Greenville High School eat at Mr. T’s during their lunch period. Mr. T’s gets about 45 to 50 students per day. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville High School to close campus at lunchtime

There have been many changes made to Greenville Public Schools during the 2012-2013 school year, from a new athletic facility to parking lot changes. Along with those changes came an upgrade to the high school cafeteria, including a new student-picked design, a commons area and new food choices.