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Eureka Township supervisor resigns

The Eureka Township supervisor, who has been on medical leave since last year, officially resigned from the position this week. During the Eureka Township meeting Monday night, the board approved accepting the resignation of Laura Shears.


Funeral Notices – April 10, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

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Wages back on the table for Sheridan village employees

The issue of possible pay raises for some village employees was an unexpected entry under the “new business” portion of Sheridan’s village council meeting Tuesday evening. Although some employees received 2 percent raises earlier this year, Councilman Pete Gehoski contends those raises — when considered in tandem with increased insurance premiums — actually constituted a pay cut. Gehoski said he has contacted several other area municipalities and all of them pay their Department of Public Works employees significantly higher wages than does the village of Sheridan.


MCC tuition rates increase by 4 percent

When students attend Montcalm Community College this fall, they’ll now be doing so at a higher cost than what has been paid in previous years. On Tuesday evening, the MCC Board of Trustees voted unanimously to increase tuition rates at the college by approximately 4 percent, beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, an effort that President Robert Ferrentino says will help keep tuition at the school near the statewide average.

The Edmore Village Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a pay raise for Luke Sawyer, who will be replacing outgoing chief of police and village manager Karl Kluwe as police chief. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Edmore Village Council chooses new police chief

Outgoing Edmore village manager and chief of police Karl Kluwe has announced his choice for his replacement on the Edmore Police Department. When Kluwe retires at the end of April, Luke Sawyer — a two-year veteran of the department — will step into the chief’s shoes.

Julie Blizzard, owner of Julie’s Coffee House in Greenville, will be closing up shop at the end of April. The popular establishment has been under Blizzard’s ownership for about two years, though she has worked there since 2003. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Longtime Greenville coffee hangout closing shop April 30

Along with water, coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world and one with a richly storied history. Its origins date back to the 13th century, possibly earlier. First drunk in Ethiopia, it spread to Egypt, the Middle East, Europe, and eventually, America. Coffee houses — establishments where friends could gather to discuss the issues of the day — followed soon after. In recent years, coffee houses have gained a popularity unseen since Allen Ginsberg sipped espresso with Jack Kerouac in some basement shop clouded with cigarette smoke and political upheaval.

Lorenzo Martinez

Pierson man charged with killing his mother

A local woman is dead and her son is behind bars after a disturbing accident over the weekend in Muskegon County.


Belding Community Showcase takes on ‘new feel’

When visitors attend this year’s 17th annual Belding Community Showcase, it is guaranteed to take on the feel of a brand new event thanks to a completely remodeled high school facility. This time last year, parking was limited and hallways were crowded, but with construction having finally having wrapped up at Belding High School, visitors to this year’s showcase will be in for an experience not seen in any previous year.

From left, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Russell, Montcalm County Building Department Director Scott Minard and Richland Township farmer Donald Beach attended Monday’s Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee meeting to discuss Beach’s condemned property. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Condemned farm issue drags on at county and township level

A condemned farm that has Richland Township neighbors up in arms is in the process of being referred from the county back to the township … again. The Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend the full board refer the issue back to township officials. The full board will vote on the recommendation at the next regular meeting on April 22.


Funeral Notices for April 9, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, April 9, 2013