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Catherine Grace

Judge orders no contact between mother, daughter after 6th felony

A judge denied a mother’s pleas to keep her daughter out of prison, saying the mother was partly to blame for her daughter’s life of crime.
Catherine Grace, 38, of Swartz Creek, was charged with identity theft, larceny in a building and possession of marijuana. She pleaded guilty to larceny in a building and was sentenced Thursday to one to four years in prison with credit for 67 days already served in the Montcalm County Jail.


Greenville-based Celtic band releases first album

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the Greenville-based Celtic band Peat in the Creel has released a new CD album called “The Barn Session.”

Anthony Weir

Man sentenced for stealing Road Commission for Montcalm County truck

A man was sentenced to jail time Thursday after stealing a vehicle from the Road Commission for Montcalm County and then fleeing Michigan almost eight years ago. Anthony Weir, 28, was charged with unlawfully driving away an automobile, malicious destruction of property more than $1,000 and malicious destruction of property to gates and fences. He pleaded guilty to unlawfully driving away an automobile.

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is teaming up with the Montcalm Career Center to design new arrangements for the planter beds downtown. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

DDA teams up with career center to improve Greenville planter beds

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is working with the Montcalm Area Career Center to spruce up planter beds in downtown Greenville. During Tuesday’s DDA meeting, the group discussed the next steps to take in order to start working on the planter beds.


Funeral Notices for March 16, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, March 16, 2012

Greenville’s Mackenzy Nichols brings the ball up court during a game this season. Nichols earned first team O-K White honors for a third straight season.

Nichols earns first team honors for third time

The number three and Greenville Yellow Jackets guard Mackenzy Nichols go hand in hand. The senior, known for shooting three-pointers, also earned her third straight first team O-K White Conference honor for her play this season.


Heavy fog slows drivers, prompts school delays, then closings

Dense fog throughout the area lead to several school closings this morning. Belding, Central Montcalm and Greenville public schools all closed for the day after heavy fog rolled in throughout West Michigan this morning. The National Weather Service said visibility was “reduced to nearly nothing” in certain places this morning. Dense fog advisories were in effect for West Michigan until 11 a.m.

Alan Miller

Big Rapids man gets prison for meth lab

A man was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison Thursday for operating a meth lab. Alan Miller III, 30, of Big Rapids, was charged with operating a meth lab, purchase of more than 12 grams of pseudoephedrine (typically used to relieve nasal congestion), possession of a police scanner during commission of a felony and driving while license suspended. He pleaded guilty to operating a meth lab.


OUR VIEW: 4-H: To make the best better

We always look forward to the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. This year, there’s even more to be excited about.

Rose Red (Brandy Foster) at a press conference, telling of an encounter of a worm in an apple, as her friends and family excitedly stand by, waiting for her to become famous, in the MCC drama class production of “The Adventures of Rose Red (Snow White’s Less-Famous Sister)” showing Saturday and Sunday at the Barn Theater. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

PLAY REVIEW: ‘Rose Red’ aims to be as famous as her sister

“Snow White is one of the most famous fairy tales of all time. This story isn’t about her, but about her younger sister, Rose Red,” the narrator explains to the audience. “The Adventures of Rose Red (Snow White’s less-famous sister)” is presented by Montcalm Community College’s drama class, a comedy by Sean Abley that is suitable for all ages.