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Karl Van Haren

Pierson village president survives recall

The president of this small village survived today’s recall attempt by just three votes. A total of 24 votes were cast against the recall of Karl Van Haren, compared to 21 votes cast in favor of the recall.

The Montcalm County Probate Court documents for Stanley and Blanche Ash’s estate are three files thick and increasing in size weekly. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Charities face ‘horrible situation’ after Ash’s daughter contests tax payment

Stanley Ash died on Feb. 29, 2004. His wife, Blanche, died on Aug. 24, 2011. The Greenville couple left a large portion of their $31 million estate to more than 50 local organizations last year. Now their only child, Jennifer Ash of Connecticut, is contesting the endowment, citing a tax payment issue.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools voters will be asked to decide two issues Tuesday — an operating millage renewal proposal of 18 mills for five years and a $995,000 bond proposal to make improvements to school buildings, including Carson City Elementary School. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Voters OK both Carson City-Crystal ballot proposals

Voters approved two ballot proposals Tuesday for Carson City-Crystal Area Schools. An 18-mill operating millage renewal passed by 670 votes to 272 votes, or about 71 percent to 29 percent.

Amanda Bouwkamp

Carson City couple arrested after requesting meth ingredient

A Carson City couple is facing major prison time after asking a former classmate to purchase a methamphetamine-related item at a local Kmart. Amanda Bouwkamp, 29, and Branden Lee Carman, 25, were arraigned April 26 in 65B District Court in Ithaca. They are each charged with operating or maintaining a lab involving meth — a felony with a possible 20-year prison sentence.

Curt Read

Curt Read announces candidacy for Ionia County sheriff

Curt Read is returning to Ionia and running for sheriff of Ionia County. Read has served his country around the world. He is a retired colonel from the U.S. Army, served as a deputy sheriff and was most recently a federal special agent. He will be residing on the family farm near Palo where he grew up.

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Planter beds project for downtown Greenville has change of plans

A plan to redo 14 planter beds throughout downtown Greenville has taken a different path after lack of help and the condition of the beds. The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) planned to team up with students from the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) to make over the planter beds that have not been redone since they were created 10 years ago.

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Funeral Notices for May 9, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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Local athletic directors support MHSAA proposal

A proposal to allow a limited exception for 19-year-old students to play high school sports has the support of a few local athletic directors. Brian Zdanowski from Greenville, Joel Wilker from Belding and Larry Farmer from Carson City-Crystal support a proposal that was passed by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) on Monday.

Belding’s Autumn Thome reaches to bunt the ball during the first game of a doubleheader against Comstock Park Tuesday.

Belding grinds out wins over Panthers

The Belding softball team didn’t have an easy time with the Comstock Park Paanthers, and coach Mikayla Linebaugh knew it. “Good team,” Linebaugh said of the Panthers.

Former Greenville teachers Bill Martin (center) and Kary Scheiern (right) listen as Cedar Crest Elementary fifth-grader Taylor Dimond, 11, portrays the role of American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart for her Living Wax Museum project Monday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Cedar Crest’s Living Wax Museum (Photo Gallery)

During a “Living Wax Museum” project at Cedar Crest Elementary School in Greenville on Monday morning, organized by fifth grade teacher Jean Stevens, students recounted the lives and characters of a variety of individuals from the past representing the United States.