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Athlete Brent Tazelaar competes in the 100-meter dash during the Special Olympics Michigan State games in Mount Pleasant on Friday. — Courtesy photo

Local athletes compete at Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games

The cold wind and rain didn’t cool or dampen the excitement of seven Greenville Middle School students who participated in the Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games this past weekend. Greenville Middle School staff member Amy Gunderson said some events were held inside of Central Michigan University’s indoor track complex.

Branden Peterman discusses his three-and-a-half-year ordeal with Auto Owners Insurance after Wednesday’s verdict in favor of Peterman was read. His wife, Carrie, and family members look on in the hallway outside 8th Judicial Circuit Court. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore family rejoices after civil trial verdict against insurance company

The Peterman family has had some dark moments over the past three and a half years, but they never stopped believing they were fighting for the right cause. The Edmore family of five was vindicated Wednesday when a jury found Branden Peterman had not misrepresented himself on a disability insurance policy application — a claim Auto Owners Insurance had alleged.


More no-parking signs to be placed in Greenville

More no-parking signs are going to be placed throughout Greenville, making roads more accessible and safe. During Tuesday night’s meeting, the Greenville City Council approved multiple items on the agenda regarding parking within the city. Traffic-control orders establishing no-parking signs were approved for some streets after the city received complaints.


Funeral Notices for June 7, 2012

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Students and faculty at Walnut Hills Elementary School walked a circular path in a Mini-Relay For Life event on the grounds of the school Monday afternoon in an effort to raise money to fight for a cure for cancer. — Daily News/Cory Smith

‘Mini-relays’ a precursor to June 15-16 Montcalm County Relay for Life

Debra Young, like many who participate each year in Montcalm County’s Relay for Life, knows what it’s like to live with the fear and uncertainty of a cancer diagnoses. About 20 years ago, her husband, Marc Young, received the bad news from his doctor. Twenty years later, Marc is still going strong and cancer free. Beating the illness wasn’t enough for the Youngs, however. Debra wanted to do what she could to raise both money and awareness with regard to cancer. She does that these days by participating in Relay for Life.

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Belding school board mulls options on finding new superintendent

After making a request last week to step down as superintendent of Belding Area Schools, members of the Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Leslie Mount’s request to transfer administrative roles from superintendent to assistant high school principal Tuesday evening. Negotiating with the school board, Mount accepted the transfer on agreement that a reduction in the annual salary of the assistant principal position from $80,000 per year to $70,000 per year take place. Mount previously earned $113,000 per year serving as superintendent.


68 Greenville properties to be rezoned

The Greenville City Council held a public hearing Tuesday night regarding 68 properties to be rezoned from general industrial to single- and two-family residential (R-2). The public hearing took place after concerns were brought to the Greenville Planning Commission regarding issues homeowners were having with their property being zoned general industrial in the neighborhood near the former Electrolux plant.

Branden Peterman watches from his wheelchair as his wife, Carrie, testifies Tuesday in a civil trial against Auto Owners Insurance. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Civil trial under way after Edmore man was involved in 2008 logging accident

The Peterman family’s life was forever changed on Dec. 12, 2008. On that day, Branden Peterman, then 34 years old, was crushed by a tree in a logging accident and immediately paralyzed from the waist down. His wife, Carrie, had just given birth to their third child four days earlier.


Funeral Notices for June 6, 2012

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Greenville’s Beth Gantz lays down a bunt during a game this season. Gantz was voted the team’s most dedicated.

Yellow Jackets softball squad gains experience

To say the Greenville Yellow Jackets softball were young and inexperienced would not be an exaggeration. Fielding no seniors and just a handful of juniors the Yellow Jackets faced a rebuilding season in 2012. In the end, they finished the season 12-23, but a group of hardworking girls has given coach Tom Hallock a lot optimism for the future.