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IN BRIEF: Ferris Township holds special meeting, schedules another one

Although they are only scheduled to meet once every three months, the Ferris Township Board is hoping to meet for the third time in one month next week.

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IN BRIEF: Art classes coming back to Montabella Junior/Senior High

For the 2017-2018 school year students at Montabella Junior/Senior High School will once again have the option of art classes.

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IN BRIEF: Belding board approves contract renewal

The Belding Board of Education approved a contract renewal during Monday evening’s regular meeting.

Greenville’s Reece Burden (12) connects on a pitch by Central Montcalm’s Hunter VeltKamp during the first of a doubleheader between the two teams in Stanton Saturday. The Yellow Jackets swept the Green Hornets winning both games, 12-2 in game one and 7-5 in game two. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greenville sweeps Central Montcalm in baseball doubleheader

A four-run seventh-inning rally awakened the offense for Greenville that led to a 7-5 win in its first game against Central Montcalm Saturday.

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Funeral Notices for April 17, 2017

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, April 17, 2017

The Vestaburg FIRST Robotics team, the Vestabots, in red shirts, are advancing to the state finals competition at Saginaw Valley State University today and Sunday. The team won the Gracious Professionalism award at last weekend’s event in Shepherd; an award which recognizes teamwork, a positive attitude and communication. — Courtesy photo

Vestaburg robotics team bound for state tourney

There were a lot of firsts happening for Vestaburg Community School last weekend. The high school’s first robotics team competed in their first competition — and won — during a tournament in Shepherd on April 8. The competition is part of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) robotics.

From left, Montcalm Township Trustee Tim Rau, Treasurer Rose Hyde, Supervisor Mike Adams, Clerk Amy Richards and Trustee Steve Sprague reviewed nine road projects the Road Commission for Montcalm County proposed, and approved four of them on Wednesday. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Montcalm Township Board approves four road projects

As temperatures rise and spring progresses, the beginning of road construction approaches throughout Montcalm County. For Montcalm Township residents and those traveling through the area this spring or summer, at least four areas within the township will be under construction.

Tessa Tobey, left, a Greenville junior, is one of four captains on this year’s Yellow Jackets soccer team. The Jackets have a new coach — Adam Scheidel — and a new attitude, aiming to change the culture of the entire program this year. (File photos)

New coach brings new confidence, fresh outlook to Yellow Jackets’ girls soccer team

Since moving up to the varsity soccer team as a freshman, Greenville’s Kenna Allen has heard the talk around the league that her team is known as a bit of a push-over.

With the help of a new coach, a new attitude and a new outlook on the program, the senior captain believes Greenville girls soccer is going to shock a lot of people this spring.

A “Community Grand Opening Week” begins at Bookwalter Chevrolet-Buick in Stanton Monday as the dealership welcomes new ownership with the dealership president Brandon Stowell and vice president and NBA veteran Chris Kaman. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Stanton man, NBA vet, team up as new owners of Bookwalter Chevrolet-Buick

After 40 years of ownership and ready to welcome retirement, John Bookwalter didn’t have to look far in finding the right person to hand the keys of his car dealership to. Having owned Bookwalter Chevrolet-Buick since acquiring it in 1977, Bookwalter has employed numerous people, from high school students to longtime community residents, and in looking toward the future he chose one of his dedicated staff members in Brandon Stowell.

A jam session takes place on the sidewalk outside the new Gitchel & Krope Music Store in downtown Howard City last Saturday, featuring from left, Tony Ward of Mecosta on barstool, store co-owner Luke Gitchel of Winfield Township, Dylan Deitz of Lakeview, store co-owner Tom Krope of Winfield Township and Billie Brandt of Winfield Township in back on the drums. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Gitchel & Krope Music Store opens in Howard City

Montcalm County’s Panhandle community continues to be known for its support of local music. Last January, Luke Gitchel and Tom Krope purchased the property at 210 E. Edgerton St. — which formerly housed Helping Hands Food Pantry — from the Howard City Downtown Development Authority for $15,000.