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Central Montcalm schools OK’s 2012-2013 budget

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved the 2012-2013 budget, after a few last-minute amendments. The board voted 5-0 to approve $15,000,169 in general fund appropriations for the 2012-2013 year with increases in revenue and decreases in expenditure.

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Greenville man pleads guilty to distributing child porn

A Greenville man has pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography. Benjamin Charles Small was charged in March with distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography — both felonies. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to distributing child pornography.


Funeral Notices for June 27, 2012

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Guest View | Michael Pousak

GUEST VIEW: Greenville’s police chief checks in

I am grateful for the opportunity to publicly express my appreciation to the Greenville community. These past few months have allowed me to meet some genuinely nice and thoughtful people. As the weeks continue, I’ve discovered that this is the norm and the residents of Greenville care about their community and want to contribute toward improving the city. I have seen this reflected with the members of City Council who have, despite unprecedented economic challenges, somehow continue to maintain funding levels for the public safety department.


Greenville school board approves 2012-2013 budget

The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education held a special meeting to approve the proposed 2012-2013 budget. During Monday night’s special meeting, the board approved the proposed budget to put set in place for the 2012-2013 school year, which starts July 1.

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Horse contest comes as a surprise for Crystal 4-H’er

For 16-year-old Crystal resident Krysti Jolley and her American quarterhorse Ralph, participating in the Montcalm County 4-H Fair’s showmanship contest Monday was a surprise. “I was like, ‘Wait, what?’” Jolly said. “I need to do what?” Jolley found out the night before the event it was required for her at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair.

From left, 64B District Court Magistrate Kim Miller, Sheriff Bill Barnwell, Lt. Steve Russell and Undersheriff Mark Bellinger anxiously await the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners vote Monday on a proposed law enforcement millage to be placed on November's ballot. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County law enforcement millage to be on November ballot

A failed law enforcement millage proposal is going back to the voters. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 Monday to approve Sheriff Bill Barnwell’s request to place a proposal on the November ballot for 0.6 mills over two years for $971,000 to partially fund the sheriff’s department.


Funeral Notices for June 26, 2012

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The fire that destroyed Nelson’s Speed Shop in Montcalm Township on Friday is currently under investigation by state and federal officials. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Federal officials now investigating Nelson’s Speed Shop fire

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) is now investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed Nelson’s Speed Shop. About 75 firefighters from 11 fire departments responded to Nelson’s Speed Shop just north of Greenville at 1:30 a.m. Friday. They cleared the scene 10 to 12 hours later. Montcalm Township Fire Chief Clif Dickinson said he doesn’t know the cause of the fire at this time. He noted that fuel and oil was stored in the back of the business where the fire began.

A look at the new Belding High School softball field and the gymnasium behind it.

New Belding athletic facilities taking shape

It may be summertime, but there is a lot of action going on at Belding High School. Construction work is continuing around the high school campus on all the athletic fields, including Rudness Field. Facility upgrades began in the spring and they are now beginning to take shape and near the finish line.