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Murder for hire at the Montcalm County Jail

Montcalm County Sheriff’s officials prevented an attempted murder for hire by an inmate in the Montcalm County Jail this week. Ronald Earl Cooper, 36, of Schoolcraft, allegedly made arrangements to have a 24-year-old Kalamazoo woman killed while Cooper was in jail as a lodger from Kalamazoo County.


OUR VIEW: Better to let political process take its course

We are more than a little disappointed that yet another recall effort is in the works, this one in Belding. At issue, is the Board of Education’s decision to privatize the district’s custodial services to a third-party vendor at the recommendation of their administration and after months of study. The decision was not made lightly and in the end the district will save an anticipated $802,000 over a three-year period. That is not chump change and in the environment the district finds itself in with declining enrollments, it likely is only the first of many such moves that will be needed to right the finances of the system. Transportation and sports may not be far behind.

Colin Hough, 10, of Lakeview, laughs as he tries to keep up with his pig, Bob, at right, on Tuesday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon 

Lakeview area boy and his pig, Bob, steal the show at swine event

The swine show at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair featured youths and pigs of all shapes and sizes. But Colin Hough and his 282-pound pig, Bob, stole the show Tuesday.

Erik Doty has been competing across the country in javelin, discus and shot put, and hopes to qualify this weekend in Indianapolis for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding grad eyeing spot on National Paralympic Track and Field Team

Life can throw a lot of challenges one’s way, and how you overcome those challenges can shape you into the person you are today. For recent Belding High School graduate Erik Doty, everything about who he is today can be tracked to one tragic event that nearly took his life almost four years ago.


Central Montcalm schools OK’s 2012-2013 budget

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved the 2012-2013 budget, after a few last-minute amendments. The board voted 5-0 to approve $15,000,169 in general fund appropriations for the 2012-2013 year with increases in revenue and decreases in expenditure.

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Greenville man pleads guilty to distributing child porn

A Greenville man has pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography. Benjamin Charles Small was charged in March with distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography — both felonies. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to distributing child pornography.


Funeral Notices for June 27, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Guest View | Michael Pousak

GUEST VIEW: Greenville’s police chief checks in

I am grateful for the opportunity to publicly express my appreciation to the Greenville community. These past few months have allowed me to meet some genuinely nice and thoughtful people. As the weeks continue, I’ve discovered that this is the norm and the residents of Greenville care about their community and want to contribute toward improving the city. I have seen this reflected with the members of City Council who have, despite unprecedented economic challenges, somehow continue to maintain funding levels for the public safety department.


Greenville school board approves 2012-2013 budget

The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education held a special meeting to approve the proposed 2012-2013 budget. During Monday night’s special meeting, the board approved the proposed budget to put set in place for the 2012-2013 school year, which starts July 1.

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Horse contest comes as a surprise for Crystal 4-H’er

For 16-year-old Crystal resident Krysti Jolley and her American quarterhorse Ralph, participating in the Montcalm County 4-H Fair’s showmanship contest Monday was a surprise. “I was like, ‘Wait, what?’” Jolly said. “I need to do what?” Jolley found out the night before the event it was required for her at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair.