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Tina Freese-Decker, president of Spectrum Health United Hospital, welcomes community members as they gathered at Winter Inn on Thursday evening for the Celebration of Caring Dinner.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

The Rev. Jerry Jones named Spirit of Caring recipient

Upon receiving his award as the 2013 Fred and Lina Meijer Spirit of Caring Award, the Rev. Jerry Jones was at a loss for words. Jones discovered he was the recipient by surprise Thursday evening when family members from Ohio, who had been hidden from view as not to spoil the surprise, entered the dining room at the Winter Inn in Greenville to greet and congratulate him. In a pleasant state of shock, the reverend at First Congregational Church in Greenville hadn’t prepared to deliver any words about himself, so in a matter most fitting, he appropriately turned to God.

Kelly Skaarl, owner of ProLawn and Landscape in Greenville, did the hydro-seeding project and donated almost $10,000 toward the project in time and equipment use. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville Community Church field still set to start opening in 2013

Although summer weather has caused a slight setback to the Greenville Community Church Athletic Field development, the church is still planning to start opening its facility in 2013. A search for practice fields for a local sports organization turned into constructing a 10-acre athletic facility for the entire Greenville community to use. The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is teaming up with Greenville Community Church to build an athletic facility that will include soccer fields, baseball fields, a skate park and more.


Rural FitKids program underway in Greenville

The Rural FitKids program is up and running in Greenville to promote healthy living for students and their families. In May, Spectrum Health United Lifestyles received $450,000 to fund the Rural FitKids Program in Montcalm, Newaygo and Osceola counties through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 28, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.

Christopher McKim

Couple sent to prison for multiple home invasions

A local couple was sentenced to prison time after pleading guilty to multiple home invasions in several counties. Christopher McKim, 26, of Carson City, and Tabitha Turner, 23, of St. Louis, were sentenced on Thursday, Sept. 20, in 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Stanton. They were each charged with second-degree home invasion and larceny and they both pleaded guilty to the home invasion charge.


Three north Greenville businesses broken into

Three businesses were broken into on the north side of Greenville last weekend. The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crimes, which occurred between Saturday night and Sunday morning last weekend at 5976 S. Greenville Road (M-91) in Montcalm Township just north of Greenville. The businesses include TNT Tax Services, KMB Insurance Agency and attorney Michelle M. Lyons’ office in a gray-colored strip mall on the west side of M-91.


Child survives near-drowning in Eureka Township

A 17-month-old child almost drowned in a pond in Eureka Township on Thursday evening. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded at 6:23 p.m. to the 4324 block of W. Wise Road to find the child lying near the edge of a pond while a parent was performing CPR.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 29, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012


OUR VIEW: Don’t fix working road commissions

The Michigan Legislature passed a law last spring giving county commissioners the option of disbanding their local road commissions. Autumn is now upon us, and just two counties have decided to exercise the option.


Ionia County Courthouse has new secure entrance

Starting on Monday, visitors to the Ionia County Courthouse can only enter the building through one entrance. Visitors will be required to enter through the east ground floor entrance of the building. The Ionia County Board of Commissioners approved instituting a single secured entrance in an effort to establish security measures. Commissioners also adopted policies and procedures to govern this action.