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Howard City couple sentenced for fraud

A Howard City husband and wife were sentenced to six months in jail Thursday after pleading guilty to fraud charges. Nikolaus Warren, 21, and Marcia Warren, 20, were originally charged with 10 felony counts each involving the theft and use of a financial transaction device.


SHORT TAKES: Fun, fall and football

This week, a number of area businesses got a chance to shine during the Greenville Expo at Greenville High School. All different industries were represented including area restaurants, plumbing and heating, healthcare and banks. You could even test a mattress if you were in the market for one.

A near-capacity crowd turned out at the Sheridan VFW Post to listen to several candidates and representatives from special interest groups on Thursday evening. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Candidates play to a packed house at Sheridan VFW

Eight candidates and a handful of representatives from special interest groups spoke to a packed house of potential voters Thursday evening at VFW Post 5065 in Sheridan. Each speaker presented a five-minute message, after which members of the audience presented questions to the speakers. Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell got the evening started by commenting on an upcoming Nov. 6 law enforcement millage proposal that, if approved by voters, would provide funds to keep deputies on the roads 24/7 for the next two years.


SPORTS GALORE: Cabrera or Trout?

For the second consecutive year there is a healthy debate regarding the American League MVP race. For the second consecutive season the debate involves a Detroit Tiger. Last year, we debated whether a pitcher (Justin Verlander) was worthy of winning the honor, despite pitching every fifth game. In the end, voters realized just how valuable verlander was and voted him MVP.

Central Montcalm’s Keagan James hands the ball off to a running back during a game this season. The Hornets travel to face Lakeview on Saturday.

Lakeview hosts Hornets in weekend homecoming

The Lakeview Wildcats and Central Montcalm Green Hornets have a long history on the football field. The two schools will renew that rivalry with a matinee game at Kos Field in Lakeview on Saturday. It will be homecoming for the Wildcats as they try to snap a five-game losing streak to the Hornets.


Grattan Academy responds to state education findings

A focused-monitoring activity performed on Grattan Academy by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) yielded findings, which the district responded to with an action plan. Grattan Academy is a charter school with facilities in Grattan and Greenville. According to Maureen Schafer, senior executive management assistant for the office of public and government affairs for the MDE, the investigation did not take place at Grattan Academy, however, a certain type of “risk” caused the MDE to visit the district for the focused-monitoring activity.

Arguably the oldest-living person living with a pacemaker, Mike Simmons, 68, of Greenville has had a pacemaker since 1968. — Courtesy photo

Greenville man living a healthy, battery-powered life

Mike Simmons of Greenville bicycles 30 miles every day. He also walks and eats well. These facts may not seem remarkable even for someone who is 68 years old, but what does make Simmons stand apart is that he maintains an active life after receiving a pacemaker more than 44 years ago. Life expectancy rates are difficult to gauge, as there are various types of pacemakers implanted for different conditions and, according to Simmons, records are only kept for 10 years. Based on these factors, Simmons is believed to be the longest living pacemaker patient.


Funeral Notices-Oct. 5, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

From left, Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson, Belding Fire Chief Gregg Moore and Belding Police Officer Marci Cooper, investigate the scene of an accident on M-44 on Thursday afternoon when an SUV struck a teen who was attempting to cross the road. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding cross country runner struck by vehicle, in critical condition

A 16-year-old Belding cross county student was stuck by a SUV on M-44 late Thursday afternoon. According to Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson, the male runner was part of a group of Belding cross country runners practicing around 4:18 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The teen runner was heading west on the south side of M-44 and attempted to cross M-44 at Ionia Street.

Test scores are up dramatically from those achieved by Lakeview High School just two years ago. Administrators say the improvements are the result of an entirely new approach to teaching at the school. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview High School’s ACT scores up dramatically from two years ago

There are 26 letters in the English alphabet, but “P, L and A” are three the teachers and administrators at Lakeview High School intend to never see again, at least not in that order and not when they’re referring to the school’s ACT test scores. On Aug. 16, 2010, those letters, which stand for Persistently Low Achieving, were used by the state to describe Lakeview High School students, along with students from 92 other schools throughout Michigan.