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Marcus Cheatham

GUEST VIEW: Don’t let West Nile virus headlines scare you

A few Mid-Michigan residents have complained to me that they don’t know what to make of the reports in the news about West Nile virus. They tell me they are hearing that it is the worst West Nile year ever, yet they have never met anyone who has had the disease. People say they don’t know whether they ought to be worried, or just ignore it.

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Greenville’s Big Boy restaurant gets new look and menu

Big Boy may still be a little on the chubby side, but in Greenville, at least, the burger-toting trademark of this venerable restaurant recently underwent a major makeover. The Greenville Big Boy, located at 1500 W. Washington St., is one of a handful of franchises in the nationwide chain to receive major renovations.
According to Big Boy assistant manager Briana Foley, the restaurant took part in a contest to be among a select group to undergo the renovations.


Pewamo to host summer block party Sept. 7-8

Summertime celebrations held in the village of Pewamo over past years have been so well-received that they are becoming a tradition. The village will once again close out the summer with a Block Party on Sept. 7-8.


Lakeview boys soccer expects to compete

The Lakeview Wildcats are off to a tough start for the 2012 boys soccer season. The Wildcats do not have a win in their first four contests against Big Rapids, Reed City, Greenville and Alma. Their last game, on Aug. 29, was a close 5-3 loss to Alma.

Rylee McGowan, 5, left, and brother Connor McGowan, 3, of Belding, collect pieces of candy during the Labor Day parade Monday morning in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Labor Day celebration brings summer to an end (Photo Gallery)

During a four-day stretch that symbolically celebrates the contributions of the working force, signals the end of the summer season and marks the start of school for students, this year’s Labor Day celebration in Belding offered visitors one final time to relax and enjoy a perfect weekend of clear skies, warm weather and old-fashioned fun.

Trufant Jubilee royalty wave to crowds at Saturday’s grand parade. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

‘Everyone had a good time’ at 34th annual Trufant Jubilee

For Sonny and Donna McNees, the annual Trufant Jubilee is more than a festival, it is a family reunion. Though the couple now resides in Sand Lake, Sonny grew up in Trufant and the entire family — five generations this year — all returned to the three-day festival over the weekend.

Police are searching for the person who shot the window of the McDonald's in downtown Edmore early Saturday morning. — Courtesy photo

Police searching for shooter of two Edmore businesses

Police are searching for someone who apparently drove by and shot two downtown Edmore businesses Friday night and Saturday morning.


Oil and gas leasing informational meeting Sept. 6 at Douglass Township Hall

Recently, a number of companies have begun contacting landowners in many areas of the state in efforts to lease land for oil and natural gas exploration. Lease bonuses are being offered from $25 to $200/acre. As a property owner, when you read the lease you are offered, do you understand what you have read? What do you need to know to determine if you want to sign a lease?

American Legion Post 380 donated camouflage football jerseys to the Carson City-Crystal Eagles varsity football team to wear during the Sept. 14 football game against Vestaburg. Pictured from left to right are Garner Cusack (wearing a camoflage jersey), the CC-C Eagles mascot, American Legion member Neil Kapustka and Taylor Barkley (wearing a Salute Our Soldiers T-shirt). — Courtesy photo

Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg to salute veterans at Sept. 14 football game

Mark your calendars — on Sept. 14, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools and the varsity football team will host Vestaburg in CC-C’s first ever Salute Our Soldiers game. Salute Our Soldiers was created to pay tribute to past and present soldiers and raise money for Montcalm County Veterans Trust Fund. This fund is set up to help veterans in Montcalm County in need of handicap ramps, wheelchair accessibility renovations, utility bill assistance, and other living necessities that they might need.


Hometown Idol coming to Howard City Harvest Festival

Singers of all ages are invited to compete in the singing talent showcase Hometown Idol when it comes to the Howard City Harvest Festival at 3 p.m. on Sept. 15 at Ensley Park. Singers will compete in three age divisions: Juniors (age 12 and under), Teens (ages 13-19) and Adults (age 20+). Music must be age-appropriate and family friendly, however, any style of music is welcome.