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Funeral Notices Thursday, May 10

FRIDAY Loretta Rathbun — 11 a.m., Cato Township Cemetery. (Brigham Funeral Chapel, Lakeview) Foss White — 11 a.m., Shiloh Community Church. (Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding) Albert E. ‘A.E.’ Zimbelman — 11 a.m., Simpson Family Funeral Home, Sheridan. SATURDAY Richard ‘Dick’ Grant — 11 a.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, Miriam. (Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding) Donald Huddleston [...]


Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build Day is Saturday

Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build Day is a time for women to join together to make a difference. Women’s Build Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 704 N. Fifth St., according to Mo Beach, executive director for Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity.

From left, State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, Montcalm Community College President Bob Ferrentino, State Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, Montcalm Community College Trustee Chairwoman Karen Carbonelli, Principal at TowerPinkster, Architects & Engineers Tom Mathison, Senior Vice President with The Christman Company, Dan LaMore, and Montcalm Community College Foundation Vice President Les Morford, participate in the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Montcalm Community College Advanced Technology Center on Tuesday afternoon in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville facility part of $5.4 million project to expand choices at MCC

On the former site of the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, a place where children and adults previously worked together every summer creating lifelong memories, a new facility will be built where people young and old can learn together towards a goal of higher education. On Tuesday afternoon, representatives from Montcalm Community College (MCC), along with many other involved groups, officially broke ground on the new MCC Advanced Technology Center in front of more than 80 spectators.


Stanton woman recovering after M-66 accident

A Stanton woman is still recovering almost a week after an accident caused by a young man who was not accustomed to driving a vehicle with major horsepower.

Karl Van Haren

Pierson village president survives recall

The president of this small village survived today’s recall attempt by just three votes. A total of 24 votes were cast against the recall of Karl Van Haren, compared to 21 votes cast in favor of the recall.

The Montcalm County Probate Court documents for Stanley and Blanche Ash’s estate are three files thick and increasing in size weekly. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Charities face ‘horrible situation’ after Ash’s daughter contests tax payment

Stanley Ash died on Feb. 29, 2004. His wife, Blanche, died on Aug. 24, 2011. The Greenville couple left a large portion of their $31 million estate to more than 50 local organizations last year. Now their only child, Jennifer Ash of Connecticut, is contesting the endowment, citing a tax payment issue.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools voters will be asked to decide two issues Tuesday — an operating millage renewal proposal of 18 mills for five years and a $995,000 bond proposal to make improvements to school buildings, including Carson City Elementary School. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Voters OK both Carson City-Crystal ballot proposals

Voters approved two ballot proposals Tuesday for Carson City-Crystal Area Schools. An 18-mill operating millage renewal passed by 670 votes to 272 votes, or about 71 percent to 29 percent.

Amanda Bouwkamp

Carson City couple arrested after requesting meth ingredient

A Carson City couple is facing major prison time after asking a former classmate to purchase a methamphetamine-related item at a local Kmart. Amanda Bouwkamp, 29, and Branden Lee Carman, 25, were arraigned April 26 in 65B District Court in Ithaca. They are each charged with operating or maintaining a lab involving meth — a felony with a possible 20-year prison sentence.

Curt Read

Curt Read announces candidacy for Ionia County sheriff

Curt Read is returning to Ionia and running for sheriff of Ionia County. Read has served his country around the world. He is a retired colonel from the U.S. Army, served as a deputy sheriff and was most recently a federal special agent. He will be residing on the family farm near Palo where he grew up.


Planter beds project for downtown Greenville has change of plans

A plan to redo 14 planter beds throughout downtown Greenville has taken a different path after lack of help and the condition of the beds. The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) planned to team up with students from the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) to make over the planter beds that have not been redone since they were created 10 years ago.