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Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, right, testifies before the House Redistricting and Elections Committee on Tuesday with State Rep. Rick Outman. — Courtesy photo

State Rep. Outman, Montcalm County Cerk Millard testify before House panel

State Rep. Rick Outman and Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard testified on Tuesday in support of a bill introduced by Outman that would allow election workers to oversee balloting in neighboring counties. Outman’s measure, House Bill 5119, would allow qualified precinct election inspectors to work in counties other than the one in which they are registered to vote. That is not allowed under current law.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 20, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

A surveillance camera from the Greenville Handy Market shows a suspect during a breaking and entering on Jan. 11, 2012.

Police look for leads in Greenville Handy Market break-in

Police are searching for leads in a Tuesday evening break-in at the Handy Market in Greenville. A customer found the glass front door smashed the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 11. Interim Greenville Public Safety Director Gary Valentine said a rock was thrown through the door of the store.

Bill Braman, right, laughed and joked with the audience after being presented with the Marian Kemp Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award during the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce dinner at Camp Anna Behrens on Thursday. Also pictured is Rep. Rick Outman, left, and Sen. Judy Emmons. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville business leaders honored at annual Chamber dinner

Greenville-area business leaders enjoyed a night in the limelight Thursday. The annual Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce dinner at Camp Anna Behrens was a celebration of businesses and citizens that have made a positive influence in the community. Among the awards handed out was the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) Spirit of Collaboration Award, the Small Business Person of the Year, the Marian Kemp Outstanding Citizen of the Year and six refurbishing awards.

Belding Zumba instructor Valerie Dawdy.

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Zumba fundraiser for ALS in Belding Jan. 21

Valerie Dawdy of Belding has organized a Zumba fitness fundraiser to help banish amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.


Parcels across from Klackles stay residential

A movement that started in November to change zoning across from Klackle Orchards and Pavilion from residential zoning to office service commercial one (OSC1) is going to be put on hold at this time. During Wednesday night’s Eureka Township Planning Commission meeting no new information or requests came forward since the December meeting regarding the rezoning of the parcels.

During Wednesday night’s Eureka Township Planning Commission meeting no new information or requests came forward since the December meeting regarding the rezoning of the parcels.


OUR VIEW: Public officials 
need to play nice

What ever happened to civility in government? Last week we got treated to yet another display of shouting and poor manners during a public meeting. Last year, Montcalm Township meetings were typified by such behavior. This year, Pierson’s village council has taken the torch.

loc 0120 rs Clifford Lake Inn hauntings

Public to learn more at Clifford Lake Inn’s second paranormal event

No one knows how long Ed and Megan have been a part of Clifford Lake Inn. Many people, however, may not believe they exist. But on Jan. 14, many visitors of the 131-year-old inn were talking about them. “Ed” and “Megan” are two apparitions that roam through the lakeside building, according to inn owner Connie McKeown, who confirmed her belief that the inn was haunted through recent paranormal investigations.

Midnight Cattle Callers, a local band founded by Seth and Dee Sutton of Belding, will perform 7 p.m. Saturday at Zellie’s Opry House as part of the third annual Howard City Winterfest. The band also features Roger Brown, Luke Gitchel, Keith Hudson and Sean Hoffman. — Courtesy photo

Winterfest celebration returns to Howard City this weekend

Winter will be celebrated in the Panhandle this weekend as Winterfest returns to downtown Howard City.

The third annual event features a variety of old and new family-friendly activities Friday and Saturday. Panhandle Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marianne VanBennekom said one of the new events is a snow treasure dig at 1 p.m. Saturday near the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library. The event is for three age groups of children and features hidden treasures buried in mounds of snow.

Black plastic covers the window thieves broke to gain access into the EZ Mart sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville Mobil gas station robbed

The Mobil gas station’s EZ Mart convenience store in Greenville was broken into and robbed late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. According to lead clerk Mary Mangus, the break-in at 115 E. Washington St. (M-57) occurred between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 4 a.m. Wednesday, when the store was closed.