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Read meeting minutes from the Home Township Board meeting on Aug. 13, 2012.


Carnival designed to help new and incoming Greenville High School students

More than 60 upperclassmen are coming together to welcome new students and incoming freshman at Greenville High School. Helping Out New Kids (HONK) is a student led organization with a board of directors (V-board) to add personality to the orientation process, according to Fran Weller, HONK adviser.

The Danish Festival Band performs Thursday evening during the opening ceremonies of the 48th annual Danish Festival in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rain doesn’t deter Danish Festival kick off (Photo Gallery)

Although some rain hit the Greenville area during opening events, many people still attended as the 48th annual Danish Festival kicked off Thursday night. The flag raising ceremony at Heritage Park included at least 50 people while the Danish board, Greenville mayor and grand marshals welcomed everyone with Danish music and more.


Coin contest aims to help graduation trips

Astera Credit Union is making the Aug. 24 rivalry football game between the Belding Redskins and Greenville Yellow Jackets just a little more competitive with its coin collection contest, going on now through Aug. 17.


Kelly Miller Circus coming to Howard City

The circus is coming to town for two family-friendly shows. The Kelly Miller Circus will perform at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Howard City ballfields next to the bus garage behind MacNaughton Elementary School.


Outman and Huck to attend sportsmen’s candidate forum Monday

Twin Ponds Sports Shop will host a sportsmen’s candidate forum Monday evening. State House Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and challenger Michael Huckleberry, D-Greenville, are both expected to attend the event.


Kent County adults recovering from bouts with West Nile virus

The Kent County Health Department has confirmed one case of West Nile virus and determined two other highly probable cases. The confirmed case involved a 68-year old-male. The probable cases, a 67-year-old male and a 59-year old-female, are waiting for follow-up tests to be completed for a final diagnosis. All three required hospitalization, but are now recovering.

From left, Belding City Manager Randy DeBruine, Freedom Wall project organizer Denny Craycraft and Belding Department of Public Works Director Ernie Thomas discuss the layout of the Freedom Wall construction in Belding on Wednesday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding building a Freedom Wall

For nearly two and half years, Denny Craycraft and other members of the Belding community have been working to bring back the Freedom Wall that was decommissioned more than 63 years ago in 1948. On Wednesday, the first evidence of several years worth of work and fundraising was on display as trucks brought in sand and a bulldozer leveled that sand to prepare for the foundation of the memorial site that will be directly adjacent to the west of the Pere Marquette Depot in downtown Belding.

Fred Hekstra of Byron Center, left, and his nephew, Ep Hekstra of the Netherlands, fix the thatched roof at Flat River Family Dentistry in Greenville on Wednesday. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville thatched roof gets the Netherlands treatment

To give his office a unique look, a local business man hired natives of the Netherlands to thatch his roof. Dr. Kirkwood Faber of Flat River Family Dentistry in Greenville first thatched his roof in the 1980s after he expanded his office. “It’s really a work of art,” Faber said.


Montcalm County commissioners plan upcoming budget, cuts

Numbers are beginning to emerge for Montcalm County’s upcoming budget scenario. Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer is projecting a $733,000 deficit for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Last year, $1.3 million in cuts were made to balance the budget.