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ED GILBERT: More deer hunting changes may happen

Hunters will need to decide the issues, but two new deer hunting revisions are now in the works. They include the Lower Peninsula regulations. The proposals will effect the northern Lower Peninsula, or Zone 2, and all of Zone 3 which is the southern part of Michigan. Should the proposals come to fruition, all northern [...]


JUST IN: 4 fire departments battle Greenville house fire

Firefighters from four area fire departments battled a Sunday fire believed to have started around 10:30 a.m. in the basement of a home at 11491 W. Carson City Road (M-57).


JUST IN: Garage, boats, vehicles destroyed in Sunday fire in Amble

Several vehicles and a garage were destroyed by an early afternoon fire Sunday in Amble. Amble Fire Chief Bill Knapp said the blaze, the cause of which is unknown at this point, caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to the garage, two vehicles parked next to it, and two boats and multiple four-wheelers parked inside the garage at 11300 N. Paris Road.

Greenville’s Paige Hallock gets fouled going for a shot during Friday’s win at home against Forest Hills Eastern. Hallock finished with seven points.

Greenville girls pull away in fourth quarter

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team won a conference title last year for the first time since 1990. On Friday night, the Yellow Jackets took a another step toward winning a second consecutive O-K Bronze title with a 51-40 win over Forest Hills Eastern (9-5, 3-1).


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Jan. 31

Montabella 67, Coleman 60 (OT): The Mustangs led by six going into the fourth quarter but got outscored by the Comets 23-17 to take Friday night’s game into overtime, where Montabella held Coleman to five points…

Members of the Ionia Area Emergency Response Team perform a mock cell rush of a prisoner during last year’s Polar Plunge at Clifford Lake. This year’s event is outside of the Turk Lake Bar on Saturday, Feb. 8. Plunging begins at 3 p.m. All are welcome to jump in or just enjoy the show. More than 100 people have already signed up to take the plunge. — Courtesy photo

Freezing for funds: Turk Lake is new location for Polar Plunge

Jim Dennis is overwhelmed. He is surrounded by insane people. And he’s loving it. Flooded with emails, phone calls and Facebook comments, Dennis, coordinator of the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser event for Montcalm County, is once again gathering pledges from brave souls who will “take the plunge” into the cold waters of Turk Lake to raise funds for local Special Olympics athletes.

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Silk City Saloon: New owner brings new life to former Belding restaurant

Decades ago, customers of the former Village Hearth would schedule reservations days in advance to assure a seat at the popular restaurant located in the heart of downtown Belding. After going through several owners, new titles, new menus and a period of several years in which the building sat empty, the structure became an empty shell of its former self. But now, Mark Hoople is ready for a resurgence.


Funeral Notices – Feb. 1, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

Evergreen Township Supervisor Lyle Braman Jr. was among those at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting asking for more information about an upcoming aerial flyover imaging project. Local townships will be paying a portion of the county’s cost to fund the project. (Daily News/Cory Smith)

Montcalm County aerial imaging project moves forward

A comprehensive land photography project is on its way to Montcalm County.

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Dramatic winter weather keeping Road Commission busy

Road commissions throughout Michigan have been going through winter budget revenue in rapid fashion, and the Road Commission for Montcalm County is no exception.