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Traffic on M-57 between Greenville West Drive and Webster Street will be reduced to two lanes until sidewalk construction is complete on July 14. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville sidewalk to bring ramps into compliance with ADA

A sidewalk project is under way in Greenville and is expected to last until mid-July. According to John Richard, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Transportation, a sidewalk ramp upgrade started June 15.

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GUEST VIEW: Helmets, seatbelts and personal liberty

As the summer driving season heats up, there has been much recent debate concerning the new law which allows Michigan motorcyclists to go helmetless under certain conditions. Opponents have labeled it as a bad idea which will cost all Michigan taxpayers in the long run, while proponents contend that the old law was an infringement of personal freedom.


Belding school board OKs budget resolution

Members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to approve a 2012-2013 budget resolution for the district’s general fund and food service. According to Finance Director Adrienne Barna, the projected expenditures in next year’s budget total $17,705,633 with $16,940,660 in revenues, leaving a deficit of next year’s budget at approximately $764,973.

Taylor Wiles won the Races On The Web Flinn Stock features on June 2 and June 9. — Courtesy photo

Crystal Motor Speedway results for June 2 and June 9

June 2 results CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP — Saturday night at Crystal Motor Speedway was a cool spring evening that followed a very damp afternoon, but the track was able to duck showers that went to either side of it. A field of 138 cars were on hand to race with the event sponsored by the Six Lakes [...]

Christina Allison opened Burning Scent-Sations in Montcalm Township last October. The store was broken into earlier this month. The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Police probe ‘scent-sational’ crime at Greenville business (Video)

Montcalm County Sheriff’s officials are investigating a smash and grab break-in at a local business. A burglar broke into Burning Scent-Sations at 8899 E. Peck Road the night of June 1 or the morning of June 2. Grainy black and white video footage shows a masked burglar busting through a window, smashing glass display cases and stuffing items into a backpack — all in less than one minute.


MEETING IN BRIEF: Spencer Township

A brief report from the May 15 Spencer Township board meeting.


MEETING IN BRIEF: Eureka Township

A brief report from the June 11 Eureka Township Board meeting.

Mark Blodgett lost his home at 10815 Maple Hill Road north of M-46 after an apparent lightning strike Monday morning. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lightning strike burns Reynolds Township home

A Howard City-area home burned to the ground Monday morning after a lightning strike from a thunderstorm hit the residence. According to Howard City Fire Chief Randy Heckman, it is believed a work ladder leading up to the roof of the home helped attract the lightning strike, which occurred around 10 a.m. at 10815 Maple Hill Road north of M-46.


Funeral Notices for June 19, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bruce “Tal” Bretzke, 17, died unexpectedly Saturday night or Sunday morning. The teen lived in Stanton and attended Central Montcalm Public School and Greenville High School. — Courtesy photo

17-year-old with ties to Greenville and Stanton dies unexpectedly

The Greenville and Stanton communities are mourning the loss of a young man. Bruce “Tal” Bretzke III, 17, died unexpectedly Saturday night or Sunday morning at his home in Stanton. He was the son of Bruce and Kelly Bretzke.