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Joann Camp had a vision to develop an 1860s hardware building in Blanchard into an indoor village of quaint shops and a restaurant, bakery and old-fashioned ice cream parlor. She’s managed Loafers Glory and Auntie’s House for nearly 27 years this spring.

BIZ BEAT: Loafers Glory is ‘Village of Yesteryear’

Joann Camp had a vision when she purchased a vacant 1860s hardware building in downtown Blanchard in spring 1986. This vision — today’s Loafers Glory — has thrived for nearly 27 years as an indoor village of quaint shops and a bakery, restaurant and old-fashioned ice cream parlor.

A surveillance photo of the alleged robber.

Police searching for Edmore bank robber

A man who allegedly robbed the Chemical Bank in Edmore on Saturday morning remains on the loose

Pictured is Lily, her family and members of the Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan. Lily is a child who has been positively effected by DMUM as the group was able to help provide therapy for her. Greenville graduate Julie Casalou kneels to the right of Lily.

Greenville grad strives to make a difference for pediatric rehabilitation by dancing

A 2011 Greenville graduate will spend 30 hours dancing in an effort to raise awareness for pediatric rehabilitation.

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Ammo shortage plagues local retailers

Blame it on the president, fears of a coming zombie apocalypse or a public easily influenced by Facebook rumors; for one reason or another, ammunition is getting hard to find, both locally and across the nation.


FUNERAL NOTICES — March 30, 2013

Funeral notices for Saturday, March 30, 2013


Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce funds missing, employee fired

A longtime Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce employee has been fired after it was discovered funds of $10,000 or more were missing. According to Candy Kerschen and Gae Wolfe, both of whom work as co-executive directors, an irregularity was discovered in the Chamber books during a financial review Thursday.


Montcalm County employee pleads guilty to drunk and disorderly

Montcalm County employee has pleaded guilty as charged after an altercation with another employee at the county Christmas party last year.


Greenville working to allow outdoor displays

After a business owner was turned down due to ordinance regulations when he requested to display his products in front of his building, the Greenville Planning Commission is discussing ways to work with business owners on outdoor displays. Last fall, the Planning Commission was asked by Barn Cats owner Randy Mouw to display his products in front of his building while displaying vehicles and trailers on occasion at 1100 N. Irving St. in Greenville.

A-squared Theatre and Auction Hall in Orleans Township donates 3 percent of auction sales to local schools throughout Ionia and Montcalm counties. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Orleans Township auction house giving back to local schools

Opening a new business is seldom easy in tough economic times, but a recently opened auction house in Orleans Township is aiming to make a profit while also doing what it can to give back to local schools. The owners of A-squared Theatre and Auction Hall, an indoor heated auction and special events venue at 7500 N. State Road (M-66) just 1.5 miles north of M-44, have set a goal to give 3 percent of total purchases made at their auctions to any local school at the buyers’ request.

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Fenwick house fire being investigated as ‘suspicious’

A Friday morning blaze was the fifth house fire for the DeGram family and is now under investigation by the state fire marshal. The Sheridan Community Fire Department was dispatched at 8:47 a.m. to 1680 W. Boyer Road in Fenwick. The house was a total loss.