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The new monument honoring veterans from all branches of the military is placed at the new Veterans Park in front of the Freedom Wall in Belding Monday via a mobile crane. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New monument added to Belding Veterans Park

More than 64 years ago, veterans in the Belding area celebrated Memorial Day by marching through the streets of the city and holding a ceremony at the original Freedom Wall located on the corner of Bridge and Main streets. Now, years after that wall was decommissioned, leading to holding Memorial Day ceremonies in various locations including the Veterans Memorial Bridge and Riverside Cemetery, veteran and Belding resident Denny Craycraft is proud to see that once again, Belding has a central location in Veterans Park for the community to come together and honor its veterans.


Proposed Greenville budget toughest in 20 years, city to see cuts in service and staff

As the Greenville City Council sat down Tuesday for its first meeting regarding the proposed budget for fiscal year 2013-2014, the city manager warned it was his toughest budget yet to balance.


Sheridan considers new junk ordinance

If you live in the village of Sheridan and have an old ’74 Pacer rusting away in the back yard, you may want to consider finding a new home for it. At Monday’s regular meeting, the Sheridan Village Council discussed the possibility of adopting a recently drafted ordinance dealing with junk within village limits. The present ordinance, some council members say, doesn’t have much teeth when it comes to enforcement.

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Child abuse court hearing adjourned after witness passes out

A child abuse court hearing was adjourned again today after a witness passed out while testifying on the stand in 64B District Court. Samantha Slater and Benjamin Wilkins, both 26 and both of Greenville, are each charged with first-degree and second-degree child abuse of Slater’s 2-year-old daughter Brooklyn Weimer.

Central Montcalm’s Mikayla Studley, left, tags Hesperia’s Holly Whelan at second base during the first game of the teams’ doubleheader Tuesday.

Central Montcalm sweeps Hesperia, sets up CSAA showdown

Central Montcalm’s softball team continued rolling through the Central State Activities Association Tuesday. It’s their toughest test to date in the conference was Tuesday against Hesperia, which also came in with just two losses in the conference.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, May 14

Central drops a pair: The Green Hornets were mercied twice by Hesperia in a CSAA doubleheader Tuesday, losing games of 10-0 in six innings and 17-3 in five innings…


Funeral Notices for May 15, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ben Edwards, left, and Jake Peacock — both graduates of Greenville High School class of 2006 — graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine on Saturday. — Courtesy photo

Greenville childhood friends graduate from medical school

Ben Edwards and Jake Peacock graduated together in 2006. They graduated together again in 2009. And now, once again, they graduated together on Saturday, this time receiving their doctor of medicine degrees. The two 24-year-olds — who are the sons of Greenville residents Steve and Ruthanne Edwards, and Robert and Patrice Peacock — were among the students who graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, with their Greenville families right there, cheering them on.

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Lakeview Community Schools planning bond projects

Lakeview Community Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin will act as negotiator for the district with the architectural firm and contractors chosen to work on upcoming school improvement projects. At Monday evening’s school board meeting, board members voted to give Hamlin the power to act on the school system’s behalf, provided the architectural firm’s bids come in at 5.95 percent or less of the projects’ total budget. The improvements are the result of a narrowly passed millage increase approved by voters in February. That millage allows Lakeview Community Schools to borrow up to $12.25 million against the bond.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Demolition of Belding Bros. Clock Tower begins

The demolition of the Belding Bros. Clock Tower, constructed in 1903 and located on the property owned by Electrolux on the corner of Bridge and Main streets in Belding, began Monday with the successful removal of the steeple. Construction workers described the process as “like clockwork” with no major complications.