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Rose Red (Brandy Foster) at a press conference, telling of an encounter of a worm in an apple, as her friends and family excitedly stand by, waiting for her to become famous, in the MCC drama class production of “The Adventures of Rose Red (Snow White’s Less-Famous Sister)” showing Saturday and Sunday at the Barn Theater. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

PLAY REVIEW: ‘Rose Red’ aims to be as famous as her sister

“Snow White is one of the most famous fairy tales of all time. This story isn’t about her, but about her younger sister, Rose Red,” the narrator explains to the audience. “The Adventures of Rose Red (Snow White’s less-famous sister)” is presented by Montcalm Community College’s drama class, a comedy by Sean Abley that is suitable for all ages.

Greenville’s Chris Mickey brings the ball up the court during a game this season. Teammates Torrey Davis, left, and Greg Krusniak run the fast break with him.

Mickey, Somerfield named to O-K White first team

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team dominated the O-K White Conference this year. The Yellow Jackets finished 9-1 in the league (19-1 overall in regular season) and won their first league title since 1993, as members of the Seaway Conference.

Tony (Nathan Huyck) tries to convince both the Sharks and the Jets that they don’t need to rumble in “West Side Story,” presented tonight through Saturday at 7 p.m. by the Belding High School drama club. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

PLAY REVIEW: ‘West Side Story’ a tribute to former Belding teacher

According to Riff, the turf isn’t much, but it is all the Jets have, and they want to hold on to it. They don’t want the Puerto Rican Sharks moving in. Presented by the Belding High School drama club, “West Side Story” takes place in the mid-1950s and shows the rivalry between the two teenage street gangs. In the midst of the rivalry, Tony, from the Jets, crosses the racial barriers when he falls in love with Maria, part of the Sharks set.

Montcalm County will discontinue a contract with Recycle World on April 30. Recycle World currently maintains a recycling site at the corner of M-91 and Sidney Road in Montcalm Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County to stop using Recycle World site

Montcalm County officials are preparing to cut ties with Recycle World and establish six new unmanned recycling sites throughout the county. Montcalm County currently contracts with Recycle World, based out of a building at M-91 and Sidney Road in Montcalm Township. Recycle World is owned by Kevin Willemstein of Gowen, along with his son. They have four additional employees.


Montcalm County dog census proves popular

The Montcalm County dog census amnesty period is well under way and the response has been overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin can’t handle the phone calls.


Funeral Notices for March 15, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, March 15, 2012


CC-C school board to vote on six-year terms

Like many school districts across the state, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools is taking a look at the length of school board member terms, after recent legislation mandating that school board elections happen only during November elections on even years.


Montcalm Township trustee resigns to follow calling

After going on a mission trip to Costa Rica with his wife and TACTICA Ministries in February of 2011, he made a commitment to return and help full time.
Rick Rought and his wife, Sherry Rought, turned a three- to five-year plan into just a few short months leading to his resignation as trustee from the Montcalm Township board.

The Montcalm Area Career Center greenhouse featured dozens of plants for people to check out at the “All Things Green” Expo on Tuesday. At top, locally grown herbs raised by agriculture students in the MACC greenhouse were available for purchase. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Career center expo sheds light on importance of local agriculture

With 60 degree temperatures and the sun in the sky, it was a perfect day Tuesday to take a tour through the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) greenhouse during the fourth annual “All Things Green” Expo. Students and area residents toured the greenhouse as well as 27 vender booths from area agricultural specialist at the MACC, featuring products grown right in Montcalm County.


Ponzi scheme victims include Montcalm County residents

A pair of West Michigan men have been charged for their alleged involvement in a $9 million Ponzi scheme, which operated under the name API Worldwide Holdings LLC. It is alleged that from July 2006 through January 2012, API Worldwide Holdings and its operators ran as a Ponzi scheme promising huge returns on investments. Jeffrey L. Ripley, 59, of Sparta, and Danny Lee VanLiere, 60, of Grand Rapids, allegedly defrauded at least 140 victims of approximately $9 million by selling fake securities. The two men allegedly promised high returns on money invested, but never delivered on their promises to victims. Investigation revealed that victims were allegedly defrauded of amounts ranging from $3,000 to $600,000 each.