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Greenville golfers win another conference title

Greenville’s girls golf team once again became a champion in their conference. This time the Yellow Jacket girls won the O-K White Conference title at the post-conference tournament Tuesday at The Golf Club At Thornapple Pointe, shooting a team score of 344.

Belding’s Hannah Linebaugh (7) tries to tip a ball past the block attempt of Cedar Springs’ Katie Kidder during the two teams’ game Tuesday night.

Belding volleyball drops Red Hawks in three straight

Belding’s volleyball team had no problems with Cedar Springs Tuesday night.

Camp Ford Lincoln on Townline Lake near Lakeview is among the county parks that will see rental fee increases if the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approves a Parks and Recreation Committee recommendation at the Oct. 24 meeting. (File photo)

Montcalm County park fees may increase 10 percent

Montcalm County park users will likely pay more in rental rates this coming year.
The Montcalm County Parks and Recreation Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to increase park fees by 10 percent.

Local businesses lined the walls of the Pavilion at Klackle Orchards on Tuesday night as area residents sampled various products and foods at the Greenville Area Community Expo. (Daily News/Cory Smith)

Greenville Area Community Expo a success

The Greenville Area Community Expo (GRACE) drew about 1,000 people to the Pavilion at Klackle Orchards on Tuesday.
The chamber sold out of spots for vendors, having about 70 there for the community to experience. The new events were also a hit.

Milford "Mel" Molitor

Longtime Lakeview-area activist dies

Milford “Mel” Molitor was driven by positive energy throughout his life. The Cato Township man died Thursday at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. He was 83 years old.

Sometimes, when the weather is nice, the two homeschooled daughters of Josh and Melissa Almas — Cadence, 5 and Rosalyn, 2 — enjoy reading by Wabasis Lake. (Daily News/Jessica Dudenhofer)

The new private schools

Some of today’s parents are looking for educational alternatives for their children, although there will always be a need for quality private and public education.
Some of these alternative options include tackling education at home, replacing face-to-face teacher interaction with online courses or charter schools.

An excavator tears into the middle of J.R.’s Roller Castle in Greenville on Wednesday. Demolition work began on Thursday. Owner Robert Olsen is uncertain what he will do with the property when the building is gone. (Daily News/Kelli Ameling)

J.R.’s Roller Castle skates into history

J.R.’s Roller Castle is being demolished this week after being a part of Greenville in a variety of uses for about 85 years.

From left, St. Charles Catholic School second-graders Jon Saur, Grace Platte and Teagan O'Toole enjoy educational games on school computers Monday. According to Principal Margaret Karpus, students use the computer labs two to three times per week for language practice, accelerated reading and other educational programs. (Daily News/Jessica Dudenhofer)

Private schools adapt to fewer students, fewer funds

Local private schools are surviving the rough economy to keep educational alternatives for parents and students.
Private schools, often owned or operated by area religious institutions, receive most of their income from tuition and donations. They don’t receive any tax dollars, which make up the bulk of public school funding.


Montcalm County commissioners make $1 million in cuts

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved the 2011-2012 budget Monday – including about $1 million in cuts – after what Chairman Patrick Q. Carr called “the most difficult budget process any of us have lived through.” Commissioners voted 8-1 to approve the budget with District 3 Commissioner Ron Retzloff casting the lone opposing vote.


Teenagers rescued before car explodes

Two young men can credit their lives to the quick action of some passing good Samaritans shortly before their car exploded after an accident Saturday.