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Above are people charged with crimes committed during a wave of thefts this summer; top row, from left, Ryan Bell, Levi Bush, Timothy Childers, Travis Coy and Rodney Franks; middle row, from left, Christopher Frohner, John Hiatt, James Howard, Robert Hulbert and Sean Oberle; bottom row, from left, Chase Plath, Meranda Rauch, Tyler Rivera, Ronald Slone and Jerry Welder. A breakdown of their offenses or alleged offenses is in a box on Page 2.

Montcalm County thefts result in arrests, continued investigations

They range in age from 14 to 52 years old. They are local and from surrounding areas. They broke into locked and unlocked businesses, homes and vehicles in the city and in the country.


Oct. 28

Saturday Mary Jane Andersen-Vie — 11 a.m., Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville. George Case — noon, Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding. Marsha (Gould) Holliday — 5 to 7 p.m., Greenville Area Community Center lower level. Bernard Shindorf — 3 p.m., Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding. Sunday Brian Salisbury — 2 p.m., Decker Cemetery, Millbrook Township. Kim (Bailey) Neilsen [...]


Water delivery improved in Carson City

CARSON CITY — An extensive water and road improvement project in Carson City that began in April ended in mid-September a little larger than originally planned.


Learn how to keep you budget in the black

Stressed about money? The current economy demands that families and individuals keep a close eye on their financial resources. United Way of Montcalm-Ionia Counties, Chemical Bank, the Belding Housing Commission and MSU Extension are teaming up to present information to residents about the household financial services they provide locally.

Daniel Freshney

Man sentenced after holding mother hostage

A man who held his mother hostage with a crossbow as a “prisoner of war” last winter is going back to live with her.
Daniel Freshney, 44, of Vestaburg, was sentenced Thursday to 283 days already served in the Montcalm County Jail, plus five years probation.
He pleaded guilty Oct. 6 to felonious assault.


Landowners along River Valley Trail cash in

Landowners along the yet-to-be-built Fred Meijer River Valley Trail may be in for a “very significant” financial windfall courtesy of the federal government. A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge in Washington, D.C., issued a ruling on Tuesday in favor of the landowners along the trail from Lowell to Greenville, indicating the government improperly took land by allowing the trail to be built.


Treasury Department pressures Montcalm Township over audit

The state Treasury Department has questions for Montcalm Township and is coming to get answers. The township received a letter from the state on Sept. 27 giving the township a month to develop an action plan for resolving problems with the township’s audit prepared by Berthiaume and Co. of Saginaw.

Greenville Public Schools teachers discuss their findings and new possibilities at a 1-to-1 Mobile pilot project training session.

Greenville schools start pilot project with smart phones, tablet computers

Select students at Greenville Public Schools will receive new high-tech learning tools in November as part of a new pilot project.

Ionia-Montcalm Department of Human Services board member Virginia Wood is retiring after 42 years of service. (Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon)

Longtime DHS board member retires

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners recognized Virginia Wood on her retirement from the Ionia-Montcalm Department of Human Services (DHS) Board after 42 years of service.


Eight larcenies have occurred in Greenville since Saturday

GREENVILLE — Eight larcenies have been reported in Greenville since Friday.