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Don’s Carpetland Inc., opened its doors 63 years ago. The Nielsons have owned the business for about 35 years. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Don’s Carpetland in Greenville closing after 63 years

The Nielson family is closing the doors to Don’s Carpetland Inc., due to health issues and economic reasons. Don’s Carpetland, located at 6507 S. Greenville Road, opened its doors 63 years ago with Don and Barb Wilstead. The business went through a could different owners before the Bev and Lou Nielson took over about 35 years ago.

ArtPrize crowds fill the Gerald R. Ford Museum on Friday to get a glimpse of “The Chase.” The entry is the work of the Artistry of Nature taxidermy team, which includes Belding native Jamie Outman. — Daily News/Darrin Clark

Belding native part of team whose entry is among Top 25 at ArtPrize

A Belding High School graduate is part of a taxidermy team whose work is among the top 25 entries at this year’s ArtPrize. Jamie Outman of Marlette is part of a team of talented taxidermists at Artistry of Wildlife in Sandusky. The team won a world competition in St. Louis, Mo., four years ago. They entered “The Chase” after a great deal of persuasion from his parents, Richard and Joyce Outman of Belding.


ED GILBERT: Small game hunting is prime time now

Some of the early firearms deer seasons are here, but if you aren’t a deer hunter and want some action, it’s also prime time for some small game hunting. Fact is, if you have a youngster or youngsters that are also prime time for hunting, it may not be a bad idea to start them out on a few smaller game hunts.

Greenville sophomore Chase Harrington makes a tackle for the Yellow Jackets during Friday’s loss to the Northview Wildcats.

Offense stalls in Greenville’s homecoming loss to Northview (Gallery)

The Northview Wildcats are in the drivers seat when it comes to playoff position. The Greenville Yellow Jackets have their work cut out for them. The Yellow Jackets turned the ball over three times as the offense struggled in a 27-14 homecoming loss to O-K Bronze rival Northview on Friday night at Legacy Field.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Sept. 28

CC-Crystal 48, Montabella 6: The Eagles are one win away from returning to the playoffs for the first time since 1999 after a mercy of the Mustangs in an MSAC-South game Friday night…

Tina Freese-Decker, president of Spectrum Health United Hospital, welcomes community members as they gathered at Winter Inn on Thursday evening for the Celebration of Caring Dinner.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

The Rev. Jerry Jones named Spirit of Caring recipient

Upon receiving his award as the 2013 Fred and Lina Meijer Spirit of Caring Award, the Rev. Jerry Jones was at a loss for words. Jones discovered he was the recipient by surprise Thursday evening when family members from Ohio, who had been hidden from view as not to spoil the surprise, entered the dining room at the Winter Inn in Greenville to greet and congratulate him. In a pleasant state of shock, the reverend at First Congregational Church in Greenville hadn’t prepared to deliver any words about himself, so in a matter most fitting, he appropriately turned to God.

Kelly Skaarl, owner of ProLawn and Landscape in Greenville, did the hydro-seeding project and donated almost $10,000 toward the project in time and equipment use. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville Community Church field still set to start opening in 2013

Although summer weather has caused a slight setback to the Greenville Community Church Athletic Field development, the church is still planning to start opening its facility in 2013. A search for practice fields for a local sports organization turned into constructing a 10-acre athletic facility for the entire Greenville community to use. The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is teaming up with Greenville Community Church to build an athletic facility that will include soccer fields, baseball fields, a skate park and more.


Rural FitKids program underway in Greenville

The Rural FitKids program is up and running in Greenville to promote healthy living for students and their families. In May, Spectrum Health United Lifestyles received $450,000 to fund the Rural FitKids Program in Montcalm, Newaygo and Osceola counties through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 28, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.

Christopher McKim

Couple sent to prison for multiple home invasions

A local couple was sentenced to prison time after pleading guilty to multiple home invasions in several counties. Christopher McKim, 26, of Carson City, and Tabitha Turner, 23, of St. Louis, were sentenced on Thursday, Sept. 20, in 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Stanton. They were each charged with second-degree home invasion and larceny and they both pleaded guilty to the home invasion charge.