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Greenville running back Brennan Ramirez splits through two defenders during practice on Wednesday at Legacy Field. The Yellow Jackets open the season Aug. 29 at Belding.

Greenville primed for return to postseason

The Greenville Yellow Jackets have gone two seasons without a football playoff appearance. As the Yellow Jackets begin their quest to snap that streak, they do so with a team that is displaying the kind of leadership and chemistry that leads to successful seasons.


Central Montcalm opens season with Chip Hills

The Central Montcalm Hornets expect 2013 to be a bounce back season. After finishing 2-7 a year ago, the Hornets are ready to get back to the postseason after a two-year span without an extra game.

Central Montcalm’s Todd Switzer, middle, works as the gunner during punt team practice on Tuesday. Austin Phenix, left, is defending Switzer, while Keagan James, in back at right, is punting.

Central Montcalm is ready to get back to the playoffs

When the Central Montcalm Hornets football team took the practice field on Tuesday evening it felt more like late September than the second day of the preseason practice. The Hornets are coming off their first losing season (2-7 in 2012) since going 4-5 in 2006. Central Montcalm went to the postseason four consecutive seasons (2007-10), but have missed that goal the past two seasons (5-4 in 2011).


Greenville vs. Eureka Township lawsuit continues

The Eureka Township Board received and passed a consent judgement Monday regarding a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit between the township and the city of Greenville. The city filed a lawsuit against the township on Dec. 28, 2012, involving a FOIA request made by the city to the township on Sept. 10, 2012. Greenville City Manager George Bosanic had requested public records (excluding engineering drawings and maps) related to grinder pumps and a forced sewer main constructed around Baldwin Lake.


Sheridan’s main street (M-66) to be ‘recycled’

At least some of the blacktop being milled up from Sheridan’s main street (M-66) will soon find its way into other village projects. At Tuesday evening’s meeting, village council members voted to purchase several tons of the millings from Michigan Department of Transportation contractors, which is overseeing the road improvement project there. According to Village Superintendent Doug Lane, the millings may be purchased for $7 per ton, far less than the $20 per yard the material usually goes for.


Annual Montcalm County land auction set for Friday

More than five dozen properties will be up for grabs at the annual Montcalm County minimum bid land auction Friday. The auction is being moved from the Montcalm County Administrative Building (old courthouse) to the Sheridan Community Center, 205 Saint Clair St., to make room for more participants, according to Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin.


Funeral Notices – Aug. 14, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.


Lakeview school board agrees to sports med trainer

Student athletes taking the field at the start of this fall’s football season in Lakeview will have the security of knowing someone with medical training is waiting in the wings in case of injury.


Maxfields have made 3 payments on $220,000 Edmore loan

The Maxfield siblings have made just three payments on a $220,000 loan from the Edmore Economic Development Fund since 2006. Meanwhile, the Edmore Economic Development Loan Fund Committee hasn’t met in five years. The Daily News requested the original loan paperwork from the village of Edmore via a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request, as well as many other Edmore Economic Development Loan Fund documents and Village Council meeting minutes.

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YES program provides positive reinforcement from Edmore police

This village’s chief of police doesn’t like labels and never gives up on anyone’s ability to learn from mistakes and move forward in a positive direction. Luke Sawyer’s nonjudgmental way of thinking and desire to reward local kids for doing good things laid the groundwork for a new incentive program, Youth of Edmore Shine (YES). The program is backed by Burger King and McDonald’s in Edmore in the form of free food rewards.