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Firefighter Chad Parmenter helps 4-year-old Greenville resident Kaiden Huffman spray water at a safety cone Saturday morning at Carson City High School during the 42 annual Frontier Days festival.

Carson City comes alive for 42nd annual Frontier Days (PHOTOS)

From sunrise to sunset, the image of this year’s Frontier Days festival will likely last a lifetime for the hundreds of visitors who experienced the charm of the small-town festival. With a sky frequently dotted by the colorful array of hot air balloons overhead, combined with crowded streets of children playing together while their parents browsed through various vendor booths, the city truly came alive, kicking off the summer season in grand fashion with the hosting of the 42nd annual Carson City festival.

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Greenville graduates return to reminisce

They were doctors and lawyers and teachers and engineers. They came from Australia and Arizona and Florida. They ranged in age from 17 to 99.
They had one common thread — they were graduates of Greenville High School (GHS).

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Edmore Police Department to host Youth Academy sessions

The Edmore Police Department is hosting a Youth Academy to give youngsters a firsthand experience of what police work is all about.

The first academy session will be July 14-16. A second session will be July 28-30. Both sessions will take place at the Edmore Police Department, located in the former Hitachi building. Class times are from 8 a.m. to noon.

The Vestaburg Wolverines pose with its Division 4 softball regional championship trophy on Saturday at Holton High School.

Vestaburg heading to D4 quarterfinals

For the first time since 2007, the Vestaburg softball team is going to the state quarterfinals. The Wolverines, ranked sixth in the state in Division 4 by the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association, won the Holton regional Saturday, taking the final game against North Muskegon 2-1.

Belding starter Paige Ledin delivers a pitch in the first inning during Saturday’s Division 2 regional semifinal. - Bruce Bentley

Belding rally falls short in regional semifinal

Belding sophomore Greta Wilker was standing on deck. Just one batter away from having the chance to win the game for the Redskins. It was Wilker, after all, who sparked the Redskins in the final inning. Unfortunately, Wilker never got the chance to bat for the second time in the seventh, as the Allendale Falcons held on for a 12-9 Division 2 regional semifinal win at Hope College on Saturday.

Lakeview senior Jon Wandel putts during the Division 3 state golf finals at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University.

Wandel, Balhorn wrap up state golf finals

Day two at the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 3 state golf finals wasn’t as good to Lakeview senior Jon Wandel as day one was. Wandel fired an 88 on Saturday at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. Wandel shot 76 on Friday to finish with a two-round total of 164.

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JUST IN: Grand Rapids man drowns when his boat flips on local lake

A 53-year-old Grand Rapids man died Saturday of an apparent drowning when his boat capsized on Chain Lakes.

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JUST IN: Belding man dies in 1-car crash

A 40-year-old Belding man was killed Sunday after losing control of his vehicle and striking a tree.

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3 men hospitalized after multi-vehicle accident on M-46

Three men were hospitalized after a multi-vehicle accident on M-46 Friday afternoon.
Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident on M-46 east of Fitzner Road around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The Greenville Area Community Foundation is celebrating its 25th year. The foundation, which was started from scratch, has transformed into a group which will award over $1 million in grants and scholarships this year. Pictured, from left, are Director of Grants and Communications Amy O’Brien, President and CEO Alison Barberi and Director of Finance Sally Marshall. (Daily News | Kyle Wilson)

Greenville Area Community Foundation marks 25 years of serving community

What started as the brainchild of a dedicated city mayor has turned into the most philanthropic organization in Montcalm County, dishing out a $1 million a year in grants and scholarships to the community.