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Karl Van Haren

Village of Pierson turmoil continues

This tiny village is in turmoil as the second recall vote in three months approaches, while the village council is unable to meet due to multiple resignations and no quorum. Village President Karl Van Haren survived a recall attempt May 8 by just three votes. A total of 24 votes were cast against the recall of Van Haren, compared to 21 votes cast in favor of the recall. About 40 percent, or 45 of the village’s 112 registered voters, participated in the recall vote.


OUR VIEW: Keep Andrea Krause as Montcalm County prosecutor

Few people working through the problems of their daily lives take time to think of the challenges to the people in charge of pursuing criminal justice in their extended neighborhood. That’s what county prosecutors do, and if citizens at any stage of life are being abused or abusing their families or abusing themselves or anyone else, either from addictive entrapment or from breaking the law in any way, it is the responsibility of the county prosecuting attorney to assure that justice is served.


Funeral Notices for August 4, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, August 4, 2012.


Possible heart attack victim saved from Sand Lake

A man was pulled from Sand Lake Thursday night have Montcalm County dispatch received a call he was having a possible heart attack. Deputies responded to a report of a 68-year-old man who was on a personal watercraft and possibly having a heart attack.


Spectrum of the Stars canceled for this year

The Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation will not hold the Spectrum of Stars event this year. “The board decided not to pursue it,” said Tina Freese-Decker, president of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospital.


United Memorial Foundation drops 501(c)3 status

The 501(c)3 status of the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation, which helps guide fundraising efforts for both the Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals, has been dissolved and merged into the overall Spectrum Health Foundation that covers its hospitals system wide. A 501 (c) is an American tax-exempt nonprofit organization. A 501 (c) 3 are commonly charitable organizations.

Christopher Finney

Man who instigated fight in Sidney sentenced to jail time

A local man received a jail sentence Thursday after starting a fight and brandishing a knife and a gun in downtown Sidney. Christopher Finney Jr., 39, of Sidney Township, was charged with assault with a handgun, assault with a knife and using a firearm in the commission of a felony, in addition to outstanding warrants he had for his arrest. He eventually pleaded no contest to assault with a dangerous weapon.


Funeral Notices for Aug. 3, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Aug. 3, 2012

Patrons sit down for food and drinks Wednesday evening at the Driftway Inn in Belding, which is scheduled to close on Saturday after 39 years of business.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s Driftway Inn closing after nearly 40 years

After serving generations of families in Belding for nearly 40 years, the Driftway Inn restaurant and bar will be closing its doors for good come Saturday. Citing declining sales and a severe decrease in customers in the last few years, owners Steve and Beverly Hoisington said they can no longer afford to keep the restaurant open for business.


OUR VIEW: Montcalm County’s District 2 a tough choice

District 2 residents have a tough choice between two good candidates in the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners primary election Aug. 7. Tom Lindeman, 68, of Eureka Township, and Lloyd Walker, 83, of Greenville, are facing off for the District 2 position. Both candidates are Republicans.