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The framework for a new building on the former site of Nelson’s Speed Shop in Montcalm Township begins to take shape as construction workers continue work on the new facility Friday afternoon. The new facility will replace the original building, which was destroyed in a fire in June. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Families get back on their feet after fires destroy homes, business

The past few months have been hard for local families who have been trying to pick up the pieces and continue life the way it was before devastating fires took almost everything they owned.

“I love doing it for the kids,” Ferris said about playing Santa. “The kids are great. But the old folks are actually more appreciative. They really enjoy it; they’re thrilled. I just got a big box of candy canes for this year’s visits. I go around and wish them all a Merry Christmas and they love it.”

Local ‘Santa’ Roger Ferris shares Christmas spirit with seniors

He’s got the beard, he’s got the build. Most importantly for volunteer “Santa,” a.k.a., Roger Ferris, he’s got the desire to bring a little holiday cheer into the lives of area seniors.

John Refiff

9 months later and still no charges issued in fatal Howard City crash

Today marks nine months ago that John Reniff died in a multi-vehicle accident in Howard City. Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies responded to a three-vehicle crash on Ensley Street south of Walnut Street at 9:23 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 26, 2012

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Corey Alan Crawford

Howard City indecent exposure suspect arrested

A man suspected of at least two incidents of indecent exposure in Howard City has been arrested. Corey Alan Crawford, 21, of Howard City, turned himself in to police on Nov. 19.


3 arrested in connection to meth investigation at Flat River Inn

One male and two female suspects have been arrested after police conducted a methamphetamine investigation at the Flat River Inn in Greenville on Saturday and found the three in possession of of meth. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of the Greenville Department of Public Safety, conducted the investigation and made contact with the three suspects at the Flat River Inn at 2 a.m.

Shoppers lined up at stores such as J.C. Penney Co. in Greenville on Friday to take advantage of shopping discounts featured across the United States. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Stores see strong shopping turnouts on Black Friday — and Thursday

Black Thursday is the new Black Friday. Stores had a double opportunity to turn a profit for the holiday season this year, with many businesses opening on Thanksgiving Day, as well as on traditional Black Friday.

Lakeview boys coach Mike Schreiber, left, talks with his team during a timeout last season. The Wildcats open the season Dec. 3 at home against Montabella.

Lakeview boys hoops will a be young team

With a little more than a week before the boys high school basketball season begins, one thing is for certain, the Lakeview Wildcats will feature a very young team. With just two returning seniors, it’s very possible the Wildcats could have not one, not two, but three sophomores in the starting lineup this season.


Central Montcalm Public School on board with Stanton proposal

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved a request from the Stanton city manager and amended general and food service funds at Wednesday’s meeting. Stanton City Manager James Freed explained how the city is in the process of upgrading water and sewer systems to improve the quality of water and improve fire protection for residents.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 24, 2012

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