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The Montcalm Township Board and fire department welcomed new firefighters Wednesday night. Bradley Patteen, left, and Martin Toren will join the department along with Tyler Petterman, who is not pictured. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

3 new faces join Montcalm Township Fire Department

Three new men have been hired to join the Montcalm Township Fire Department. During the township’s Wednesday night meeting, Fire Chief Clif Dickinson presented to the board three candidates who would make a good addition to the fire department. The board unanimously approved the new firefighters.

“Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” author Helen Simonson will visit Greenville on Tuesday. — Courtesy photo/Nina Subin

2012 One Book One County author set for Greenville visit

Helen Simonson, author of this year’s One Book One County Montcalm selection, “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand,” is at least as charming and entertaining as any of the characters found within the pages of her book. From 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Simonson will share that charm, up close and in person, at Greenville High School’s Performing Arts Center. Afterward, Simonson will be on hand to sign copies of her book.

Montcalm County Animal Shelter Officer Angie Sova plays with one of the dogs awaiting adoption in the Stanton shelter. — File photo

Montcalm County committee meeting focuses on animal issues

The Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee meeting was all about animals on Tuesday. An animal return policy, a kennel ordinance, an exotic species ordinance and the dog census were among the topics of discussion.


Six sets of tires, cargo van stolen from Ed Koehn dealership

Six sets of new tires worth more than $26,000 were stolen from Ed Koehn car dealership, along with a cargo van. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the dealership at 11064 W. Carson City Road (M-57) today after a reported theft Tuesday evening. Six sets of new tires and rims were taken from Ford vehicles. A white 2010 Ford Econoline cargo van was also stolen.


Quick work and cooperation head off water problems in Sheridan

A possible scenario in which water could have backed up into the homes of residents was averted Sept. 27 by the fast actions of Sheridan street crews. According to Sheridan Community Center Director and Assistant Village Superintendent Ed Lingeman, who was speaking on behalf of Street Administrator and Village Superintendent Doug Lane at Tuesday’s village council meeting, the village water system experienced a “worst case scenario.” Both pumps failed, nearly simultaneously, at a village lift station.


Greenville Downtown Development Authority drops median idea

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) approved ending discussion about a proposed downtown median at this time. During Tuesday’s meeting, member Deb Huch, co-owner of Huch’s Fine Jewelry, made the motion to remove the item from active discussion.


Funeral Notices for Oct. 10, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

Greenville’s Jacob Bracey battles with Forest Hills Eastern’s Matt DeVries during Tuesday’s league game at Yellow Jacket Stadium. DeVries finished with three goals.

FH Eastern defeats Greenville, wins league title

The Greenville Yellow Jackets and Forest Hills Eastern Hawks will meet each other on the soccer field twice in the matter of a week. The first meeting, on Tuesday night, was all in favor of the Hawks. Eastern — rated No. 2 in Division 2 — clinched the O-K Bronze title with a dominating performance over the Yellow Jackets 7-0.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Oct. 9

Belding 3, Sparta 1: The Redskins picked up an O-K Blue Conference win Tuesday, knocking off the Spartans 29-27, 25-21, 24-26, 25-17…

Belding running back Neil McCully breaks through the line for a touchdown against Comstock Park this season. McCully has rushed for 755 yards this year.

Belding halfback McCully focusing on team, not self

Belding’s football season hasn’t quite gone the way the Redskins would have liked under first-year head coach Joe Schwander. But it hasn’t been the fault of Neil McCully. McCully is leading the Redskins in rushing so far this season.