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Kelly Miller Circus coming to Howard City

The circus is coming to town for two family-friendly shows. The Kelly Miller Circus will perform at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Howard City ballfields next to the bus garage behind MacNaughton Elementary School.


Outman and Huck to attend sportsmen’s candidate forum Monday

Twin Ponds Sports Shop will host a sportsmen’s candidate forum Monday evening. State House Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and challenger Michael Huckleberry, D-Greenville, are both expected to attend the event.


Kent County adults recovering from bouts with West Nile virus

The Kent County Health Department has confirmed one case of West Nile virus and determined two other highly probable cases. The confirmed case involved a 68-year old-male. The probable cases, a 67-year-old male and a 59-year old-female, are waiting for follow-up tests to be completed for a final diagnosis. All three required hospitalization, but are now recovering.

From left, Belding City Manager Randy DeBruine, Freedom Wall project organizer Denny Craycraft and Belding Department of Public Works Director Ernie Thomas discuss the layout of the Freedom Wall construction in Belding on Wednesday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding building a Freedom Wall

For nearly two and half years, Denny Craycraft and other members of the Belding community have been working to bring back the Freedom Wall that was decommissioned more than 63 years ago in 1948. On Wednesday, the first evidence of several years worth of work and fundraising was on display as trucks brought in sand and a bulldozer leveled that sand to prepare for the foundation of the memorial site that will be directly adjacent to the west of the Pere Marquette Depot in downtown Belding.

Fred Hekstra of Byron Center, left, and his nephew, Ep Hekstra of the Netherlands, fix the thatched roof at Flat River Family Dentistry in Greenville on Wednesday. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville thatched roof gets the Netherlands treatment

To give his office a unique look, a local business man hired natives of the Netherlands to thatch his roof. Dr. Kirkwood Faber of Flat River Family Dentistry in Greenville first thatched his roof in the 1980s after he expanded his office. “It’s really a work of art,” Faber said.


Montcalm County commissioners plan upcoming budget, cuts

Numbers are beginning to emerge for Montcalm County’s upcoming budget scenario. Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer is projecting a $733,000 deficit for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Last year, $1.3 million in cuts were made to balance the budget.


Funeral Notices for August 16, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Thursday, August 16, 2012.


Greenville DDA focused on developing downtown

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) discussed ideas Tuesday about how to develop the downtown area to attract more people.


Year’s first West Nile virus case found in Montcalm County horse

State officials confirmed the first West Nile case of the year in an unvaccinated Montcalm County horse due to West Nile virus infection. The five-year-old standardbred gelding developed sudden incoordination in the hind limbs and is currently undergoing treatment (supportive care) for West Nile Virus.

Montcalm Community College President Robert Ferrentino explains the design of the new facility to MCC rustees during the tour of the new facility Tuesday on the MCC campus in Greenville. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Montcalm Community College trustees tour construction site

The fog burned off just in time for the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees to see the progress of the new building on the Greenville campus at the old fairgrounds site. Board members met Tuesday for their regular meeting at the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center, formerly M-TEC, in Greenville so they could take the tour after the meeting.