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Julie Stafford

JULIE STAFFORD: What’s for lunch?

We’re having a weight loss challenge at work, which brings me to the subject of lunch. Kind of roundabout, I know. But when you’re trying to clean up your eating, the question becomes “to bring or to buy?” I know a lot of folks who go out for lunch every single day, a routine that has its definite ups and downs. Ups include the fact that you don’t have to think about what to pack at oh-dark-hundred, when your coffee barely has settled in your veins. You also don’t have to dig deep to get creative. Do a different restaurant each day and variety is guaranteed.

Seven people paid for lunch for the people waiting in line behind them at the Wendy’s drive-through on Thursday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville Wendy’s customers pay it forward in the drive-through

When a Greenville woman let someone cut in front of her in line at a drive-through restaurant, she didn’t know what she was starting. Rhiannon Jensen let a man in a truck pull in front of her at Wendy’s in Greenville during her lunch break Thursday. When it was Jensen’s turn to pay at the window, Wendy’s crew member Michael Redlich informed her the man had paid for her $7 lunch and wished her a “Happy Thursday.”

Catherine Grace

Judge orders no contact between mother, daughter after 6th felony

A judge denied a mother’s pleas to keep her daughter out of prison, saying the mother was partly to blame for her daughter’s life of crime.
Catherine Grace, 38, of Swartz Creek, was charged with identity theft, larceny in a building and possession of marijuana. She pleaded guilty to larceny in a building and was sentenced Thursday to one to four years in prison with credit for 67 days already served in the Montcalm County Jail.


Greenville-based Celtic band releases first album

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the Greenville-based Celtic band Peat in the Creel has released a new CD album called “The Barn Session.”

Anthony Weir

Man sentenced for stealing Road Commission for Montcalm County truck

A man was sentenced to jail time Thursday after stealing a vehicle from the Road Commission for Montcalm County and then fleeing Michigan almost eight years ago. Anthony Weir, 28, was charged with unlawfully driving away an automobile, malicious destruction of property more than $1,000 and malicious destruction of property to gates and fences. He pleaded guilty to unlawfully driving away an automobile.

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is teaming up with the Montcalm Career Center to design new arrangements for the planter beds downtown. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

DDA teams up with career center to improve Greenville planter beds

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is working with the Montcalm Area Career Center to spruce up planter beds in downtown Greenville. During Tuesday’s DDA meeting, the group discussed the next steps to take in order to start working on the planter beds.


Funeral Notices for March 16, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, March 16, 2012

Greenville’s Mackenzy Nichols brings the ball up court during a game this season. Nichols earned first team O-K White honors for a third straight season.

Nichols earns first team honors for third time

The number three and Greenville Yellow Jackets guard Mackenzy Nichols go hand in hand. The senior, known for shooting three-pointers, also earned her third straight first team O-K White Conference honor for her play this season.


Heavy fog slows drivers, prompts school delays, then closings

Dense fog throughout the area lead to several school closings this morning. Belding, Central Montcalm and Greenville public schools all closed for the day after heavy fog rolled in throughout West Michigan this morning. The National Weather Service said visibility was “reduced to nearly nothing” in certain places this morning. Dense fog advisories were in effect for West Michigan until 11 a.m.

Alan Miller

Big Rapids man gets prison for meth lab

A man was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison Thursday for operating a meth lab. Alan Miller III, 30, of Big Rapids, was charged with operating a meth lab, purchase of more than 12 grams of pseudoephedrine (typically used to relieve nasal congestion), possession of a police scanner during commission of a felony and driving while license suspended. He pleaded guilty to operating a meth lab.