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SHORT TAKES: It’s Gus Macker season around the area

Hats off to the Greenville Chamber and the Recreation Department for partnering with the Gus Macker organization to host another successful basketball tournament during the past couple of days. This year the event attracted 175 teams with more than 700 youth and adult players. While the competition is fun, it was especially nice to see young people teaming together and being active. Add to that all the volunteers aged 8 to 72 who helped pull this event off and you can rest assured our town was represented well.


Belding Exploration Lab Children’s Museum nears completion

Long ago, a central hub known as “The Bel” to local teens in Belding provided area youths with a place to be with friends and enjoy time together when there wasn’t much else to do outside of school or work. That time was the mid-1940s, and the location was the Belrockton Museum, which was at the time an area recreation center.

An example of spray paint damage left behind by vandals at Vestaburg Community School.

‘Malicious vandalism’ at Vestaburg Community School

Jeff Beal’s first reaction was disappointment. The superintendent of Vestaburg Community School received a phone call around 12:30 a.m. Sunday from Northern Michigan Fire alerting him to a fire alarm going off at the school. When a maintenance man arrived at the school to make sure it wasn’t a false alarm, the Richland Township Fire Department was also on the scene. Beal arrived at the school around 1 a.m. By that time, police were there too.


Crystal Township anti-funneling ordinance remains unresolved

Crystal Township Board members again tabled a vote Wednesday on whether to rescind the township’s anti-funneling ordinance. Ordinance 15A was adopted in September 2007 and became effective in October 2007. According to Crystal Township Supervisor Charles Braman, the reasoning behind the idea to rescind the ordinance deals with fairness.

Gale Nesbitt has been helping Edmore residents keep fit with his fitness center, Gale’s Gym, since 2008. It includes complete cardio equipment, treadmills, elliptical machines, upright and free weights, weight stacks and hydraulic resistance equipment.

BUZZ: Gale’s Gym here to pump you up

EDMORE — It’s the time of year when those who have put on a few pounds or otherwise gotten soft over the winter months begin thinking seriously about getting back in shape. For Edmore residents, their best bet for accomplishing this goal is Gale’s Gym.


GUEST COLUMN: Finding rock bottom in the Montcalm County Jail

Somewhere in the history of addiction, the phrase “rock bottom” was coined. This is the point we reach in our battle where we have lost everything, jobs, spouses, children, material possessions. Most importantly, we have lost our souls, the very core of what makes us who we are, our morals, our ethics, our dignity, self respect, pride and self worth. The understanding that something needs to change strikes us with such intensity we are forced to open our eyes to the harshness of our reality. Many of us entertain that idea while we are using, but we don’t reach rock bottom until the realization that we need to change couples with the desire.


Funeral Notices for July 16, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, July 16, 2012


Youth soccer skills challenge July 28 at Greenville High School

Boys and girls ages 8 to 13 can participate in the Ford Escape Soccer Skills Challenge at Green Public Schools at 111 N. Hillcrest St. Hosted by Ed Koehn Ford, the Soccer Skills Challenge will have youths compete in a series of challenges designed to encourage teamwork, improve their soccer skills and most importantly, have fun. Participants will receive points based on their performance of the six different soccer kills — toe taps, foundations, juggling (right and left foot) and dribbling (right and left foot). The top-scorers, a boy and girl from each age group, will be awarded a trophy at the end of the event.

Central Montcalm’s Matt Barnwell attempts to clear the high jump bar during a meet early in the season. — File photo

Central Montcalm track coach prepares for 2013

Central Montcalm track coach Kris Kolbe and his co-coach/wife Amy had some work to do with this year’s Green Hornet teams. The boys finished eighth in the Central State Activities Association while the girls were fifth in the nine-team league.

All Day Every Day’s Evan Karatkiewicz, right, guards a Lake City player during Saturday’s competition in the Greenville Gus Macker tournament. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Gus Macker draws more than 170 teams to Greenville

Downtown Greenville was a busy place this weekend as the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament took to South Lafayette Street for a little ballin’. More than 170 teams were on hand to play in the tournament, which was interrupted briefly by a rain shower Saturday afternoon.