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A brief report from the June 18 Cato Township Board meeting.


Funeral Notices for June 21, 2012

Read funeral notices for Thursday, June 21, 2012


Greenville City Council OKs bids

The Greenville City Council was presented with a variety of bids during Tuesday night’s meeting. The bids, ranging from a backhoe loader purchase to a retaining wall for a parking lot, were all approved by the council.

After long runs of service with the Greenville Department of Public Safety, Officer Mark Tomkinson, left, and Sgt. Gary Valentine are both retiring this month. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Longtime Greenville Public Safety officers hang up their hats

A pair of longtime members of the Greenville Department of Public Safety have fond memories of their combined six decades of service as they hang up their hats in retirement. Sgt. Gary Valentine has spent 28 years as a full-time officer at the department. For two years prior to becoming an employee, he served as reserve officer for the department.


Tri County Middle School principal charged with embezzlement

The Tri County Middle School principal has been charged with embezzlement and remains on administrative leave. Principal William “Bill” Cichewicz was arraigned today in 64B District Court in Stanton. He is charged with embezzlement between $1,000 to $20,000.

“(Theater is) so exciting for me,” Ruth Hansen said of the arts. “It’s the soul of the people.”

Ruth Hansen has a passion for students and theater

Ruth Hansen has dedicated most of her time not only to the local community, but also to the students in the community.


Ashfield Street bridge repair to start soon in Belding

Residents of Belding routinely drive across the city’s four downtown bridges without much of an afterthought as they cross the Flat River, but walking along one of those bridges is another story entirely. The Ashfield Street bridge, which is north of Park Street and just south of Mueller Industries, was officially approved for sidewalk repair by members of Belding City Council during Tuesday night’s meeting.

During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, City Manager George Bosanic fastens a sergeant pin on Marty Obetts while Obetts’ wife, Tiffany, and son, Caden, look on. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville Department of Public Safety officer promoted to sergeant

An officer who worked his way through the ranks at the Greenville Department of Public Safety has received a promotion. Marty Obetts was honored at the start of the Greenville City Council meeting Tuesday night while being promoted to a sergeant position at the department.

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Greenville native convicted of numerous sex-related crimes in Ionia

An Ionia man, formerly of Greenville, was recently convicted of multiple sex crimes. Robert Plaster, 37, was convicted by an 8th Judicial Circuit Court jury last Friday of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, two counts of child sexually abusive activity, two counts of using a computer to commit a crime, possession of child sexually abusive activity and selling or furnishing alcohol to a minor.

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Stanton man gets prison for car theft

A Stanton man was sentenced to up to five years in prison last week for stealing a vehicle. James Whitney, 30, was charged with unlawfully driving away an automobile (UDAA), leaving the scene of an accident and driving while license suspended. He pleaded guilty April 23 to UDAA and driving while license suspended.