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Edmore DDA hopes to draw visitors to historic building site

If the walls of the historic General Bag building could talk, tales of the old brick building would reveal the variety of business operations conducted there during its 125-year existence.

Al and Gloria Guilfoyle have been operating The Club Fitness Center for 25 years in three locations around Greenville.

Greenville’s Club Fitness Center celebrates its silver anniversary

A local couple living in Chicago had dreams of moving back to the Greenville area to be closer to family and to open a fitness center for members of the community.
Alan and Gloria Guilfoyle’s dream came true despite discouragement from other businesses rumored to be closing.

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TSC helping raise funds for local 4-H program

The National 4-H Council is partnering up with local Tractor Supply Co. (TSC) stores to benefit local communities where TSC stores are located.

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Brown promoted to inspector, will oversee part of Field Services Bureau

A Belding native is moving up the ranks at the Michigan State Police. First Lt. Michael Brown recently was promoted to inspector and named senior assistant executive deputy director of the Field Services Bureau at the state police headquarters in Lansing.

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Stanton defense attorney recognized

STANTON — A local attorney has been named a “Rising Star” in the criminal defense field. Keeley Heath, 30, received the award from Super Lawyers magazine. The honors were recently published as a special insert in the New York Times. Candidates must be 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less to [...]

Daily News/Kelli Ameling  Jeanne Strohkirch had her first- and second-graders gather on the floor at Walnut Hills Elementary School on Monday while she gives examples of what different editing marks look like.

Walnut Hills Elementary uses multi-age grouping in classrooms

GREENVILLE – Walnut Hills Elementary School had to get creative to teach its students due to budget cuts. Because of budge cuts, some teachers were laid off and the school had to look at how they were going to teach the same amount of children with fewer teachers. New this year, the elementary school decided [...]

Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon  Rudy and Mary Yoder and their two daughters, Verna and Katieann, own and operate Mary's Bakery at 5444 Vining Road in Pine Township near Lakeview.

County shuts down Amish bakery

PINE TOWNSHIP — Rudy Yoder feels he is being persecuted for being Amish by Montcalm County’s Building Department director. But Scott Minard contends Yoder is “thumbing his nose at the law” by constructing an addition without the proper permits and in violation of the state’s building code. Yoder and his wife, Mary, have operated Mary’s Bakery [...]

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Police reports – Sept. 29

BELDING — Police responded to five complaints Tuesday and Wednesday. Incidents Include: Tuesday • Warrant arrest, Bridge. Wednesday • Disorderly, W. Ellis. • Domestic violence, Hawley Highway. • Blight complaints, numerous. • Code violation, multiple. GREENVILLE — Police reports were not available. STANTON — Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies responded to 23 complaints Wednesday. Incidents included: [...]

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Sept. 29

Friday David Chaffin — 11 a.m., Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home, Crystal. William Nobach — 2 p.m., Faith United Methodist Church, Edmore. (Smith Family Funeral Homes St. Louis Chapel) Saturday Robert Lynn Jr. — 2 p.m., Clear Lake Cemetery, Fenwick. Albert McConkie — 11 a.m., Curtis Building, Edmore. David L. Chaffin, 58 CRYSTAL — David [...]

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WOODS AND WATERS: Turkey tales abound

I’ll wager that poultry breeders have about perfected the growing and marketing of turkeys. The tame birds, that is. And I suppose that could cause some to wonder why a hunter would force himself or herself to sit cramped up for hours, camouflaged from top to bottom and in all manner of weather, while trying to entice one of those sharp-eyed birds within shotgun range.