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“I want to know why things happen, what gets manipulated to produce a certain outcome or what can be done to make something happen or change something,” said Okkema, who will attend Dordt College in Iowa to study biotechnology. “I’m very logical, a thinker and a discoverer.”

Senior project directs Montabella’s Cora Okkema’s path to education, career

A senior class project helped Cora Okkema discover a way to twine her love of farm life into her college studies.
Farming and being part of a small, rural community are important to Cora, who is graduating seventh in her class from Montabella High School.


OUR VIEW: Gov. Snyder just 
doing his job

We hired Rick Snyder to be governor of the state of Michigan. He took over a state in a horrible financial position with unfunded (meaning no money set aside) public liabilities reaching more than $60 billion.


UPDATE: Police continue to search for Morley man after hit and run

The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post is continuing to search for a Morley man who allegedly fled during an attempted traffic stop early this morning. Police are asking for the public’s help in finding Alan Phelps, 35. He is a white male, about 6 feet, 2 inches tall. He weighs about 240 pounds. He has [...]

Ronald Kent

Fenwick man charged with attempted murder

FENWICK – A Fenwick man has been charged with attempted murder and other charges after allegedly shooting his girlfriend in the head. Ronald Kent, 52, is charged with assault with intent to commit murder (a felony with a possible life sentence), two counts of felony firearms (each a two-year felony) and manufacturing more than 20 [...]

A parking ticket is issued to a Belding resident Wednesday afternoon for parking illegally, facing the wrong way against traffic while parked on the side of the road. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Police Department stepping up efforts to enforce parking violations

Grass, gravel, dirt, pavement — depending on what surface resides beneath the tires of your vehicle when parked in Belding, you may soon find yourself with a ticket on the windshield of your car. The Belding Police Department has recently stepped up enforcement of front-yard and right-of-way parking for residents.

Kevin Murphy

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools has a new leader

After a nearly six-month search and 20 candidates, the Carson City-Crystal Area Area Schools Board of Education has selected Kevin Murphy to lead the district. Murphy, 42, is currently the superintendent of Houghton Lake Community Schools, about 100 miles north of Carson City.

Kristen Scholten, left, is an emergency medical technician specialist for Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services. She is pictured with her rescue vehicle and extrication helmet in downtown Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Emergency medical services not a job, but a calling

National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week is being observed throughout the United States this week. This year’s theme is “EMS: More Than a Job. A Calling.” The theme sums up how Erik Rood and Kristen Scholten feel about their duties.


Funeral Notices for May 24, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, May 24, 2012


State Police searching for Alan Steven Phelps

A 35-year-old man is being sought by Michigan State Police after causing a head-on crash after traveling south on north U.S. 131 in Montcalm County just before midnight on Wednesday.


Huntington Foam receives incentive to expand, add jobs in Greenville

Huntington Foam LLC received a $340,000 incentive to stay in Greenville and expand its facility. The incentive comes from a Michigan Business Development Program to expand the Greenville operation. According to a press release issued Wednesday, the project will generate up to $2.56 million in new private investment and add 30 new jobs.