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Montcalm County Animal Control Officer Angie Sova spends some quality time with Hector, a dog at the shelter. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County dog census to launch in April

Man’s best friend is about to help Montcalm County’s budget situation. The Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee voted last week to start a dog census program again. The census will establish whether dog owners have updated licenses for their dogs.

Woods and Waters | Ed Gilbert

ED GILBERT: National Wild Turkey Federation banquet on deck

Our Flat River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will stage its annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Saturday, March 3. Troy Hopkins, chapter president, says it should be a great event and the chapter is working hard toward what will be a very enjoyable evening. He says ticket sales will be good and the forms are coming in as usual.

Greenville’s Katie Dunham drives the ball toward the basket during Friday’s 39-31 loss to Lowell. — Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville girls basketball struggles in loss to Lowell

Too many turnovers and too many missed shots. That was the story for the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team on Friday in a 39-31 loss to the Lowell Red Arrows.

Belding’s Donte Robinson rolls a practice ball in an earlier match. Robinson shot a 650 at the O-K Blue post-conference tournament Saturday at Hillcrest Lanes.

Belding boys, girls win post-conference bowling tourney

For the second year in a row, Belding has a conference champion in girls bowling. The Redskin girls dominated the rest of the O-K Blue Conference at Hillcrest Lanes Saturday, winning the post-conference tournament with a 2,969 team score. That was over 300 pins more than Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern.

Lakeview’s Jordan Betham, left, seen here staring down Tri County’s Brandon Skeel, won the 152-pound class in the Division 3 individual regional tournament Saturday. — File photo

16 local wrestlers headed to state finals

There are 16 local wrestlers who were good enough to make it into the state individual wrestling tournament. Those 16 will be headed to the Palace of Auburn Hills March 1-2 for the individual finals, trying to bring back a state championship.

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

MAUREEN BURNS: All the Presidents men … and women

That is a quote from Christina Beckman, 20, of Greenville. She introduced President Obama as he spoke recently at the University of Michigan. “This was a dream come true and something I’ll never forget! It’s one of the best days of my life and I’ll be talking about it forever.”

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Danish Festival to host art competition

Each year, Greenville’s Danish Festival celebrates the area’s rich Danish heritage. This year’s event will also celebrate local artistic talents with the new Art at the Green contest. Art at the Green, sponsored by Ed Koehn Ford Lincoln Chrysler Dodge Jeep, will have artists display their work at selected venues throughout Greenville from Aug. 4-31, including the 48th annual Danish Festival, which is Aug. 16-19.


OUR VIEW: Task force taking criminals to task

We all breathed a little easier when we heard the news. The alleged bank robber had been apprehended. The armed robbery of Huntington Bank in downtown Greenville was no ordinary crime.

McKailey Bathurst

Greenville middle-school student has opportunity to travel to overseas

Only one student from Montcalm County has been accepted to participate in the Tale of Two Cities program for the summer of 2012. McKailey Bathurst, 11, was nominated to take part in the People to People Student Ambassador program, which will allow her to travel to England and France. “These are places I always wanted to go,” Bathurst said.


Fundraiser today for man with chiari malformation

36-year-old David Bramen of Greenville has always had issues with balance and coordination but just surmised that he had to work harder than his classmates. Little did he know at the time he was young, he was suffering from muscle movement disorder.