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Valentine named interim director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety

City Manager George Bosanic has appointed Sgt. Gary Valentine as the interim director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety. Valentine’s new position started Tuesday following the retirement of former Director Michael Stuck.

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Central Montcalm students expelled for drug possession

Two Central Montcalm High School students were expelled for the remainder of the school year following a school board vote Monday night. The board met in separate closed sessions, per parental request, to discuss disciplinary action for the male student and female student.

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Montcalm County’s Health Care Plus ‘doing just fine’

Health Care Plus is not losing money as Montcalm County officials previously thought. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director David Feldpausch previously told the Board of Commissioners he was predicting Health Care Plus would lose $5,000 or more this year due to a combination of more claims and greater claim amounts. The plan was thought to have been losing money since 2008 and commissioners were in the process of seeking legal advice.

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Central Montcalm schools superintendent to retire

Central Montcalm Public School Superintendent Jake Helms has decided it is time to retire … again. Helms told school board members at their Monday night meeting that it is time to begin a replacement search process, either by hiring an outside firm or organizing a search themselves.

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Montcalm Technical Rescue Team still struggling

An uncertain future continues to loom for the Montcalm Technical Rescue Team (MTRT). The MTRT was created in 1996 to perform confined space rescues in Montcalm County. Duties expanded in 2001 to include high angle rescue, trench rescue, search and rescue, collapse rescue, water rescue, assisting the sheriff’s Dive Team, terrorism response and assisting in weather emergencies.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 20, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

Greenville sophomore Leah Somerfield goes in for a layup while Forest Hills Eastern’s Jesse Fatum (33) tries to knock the ball away. Eastern defeated Greenville 37-35 at Cornerstone University on Monday night.

Forest Hills Eastern rallies in fourth to top Greenville girls

The fourth quarter was a series of runs for both the Forest Hills Eastern Hawks and Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball teams. It was the Hawks run that was enough for the victory. The Yellow Jackets led 25-22 with nearly two minutes remaining in the third quarter. A 14-0 run over the next six plus minutes propelled the Hawks to a 37-35 victory in the opening round of the Cornerstone University Holiday Tournament on Monday night.

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Carson City Hospital president and CEO steps down after 32 years

Bruce Traverse is getting a big gift for Christmas this year — a lot more free time. He is retiring on Friday after working 32 years at Carson City Hospital, the last 25 as the president and CEO.

Greenville’s Ron Snead is entering the final year of his eight-year term on Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees.

Greenville man brings message of racial harmony to Ferris State

Ron Snead came to Ferris State University for the first time more than four decades ago amid one of the most painful chapters of racial unrest in the school’s history. He now is entering the final year of his eight-year term on the school’s Board of Trustees, serving the last two years as the board president.

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Suspects caught after attempted Cedar Springs robbery

Two Montcalm County residents are in jail after police responded to a robbery Friday at Cedar Springs Mobile Estates, Mobile Home Park. The victims, a 42-year-old man and 41-year-old female, told Officer Chad Tucker of the Cedar Springs Police Department that they responded to a knock at their door about 8:20 p.m. saying “come on in” only to have two young men enter, one with a shotgun.