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Montcalm Township trustee resigns to follow calling

After going on a mission trip to Costa Rica with his wife and TACTICA Ministries in February of 2011, he made a commitment to return and help full time.
Rick Rought and his wife, Sherry Rought, turned a three- to five-year plan into just a few short months leading to his resignation as trustee from the Montcalm Township board.

The Montcalm Area Career Center greenhouse featured dozens of plants for people to check out at the “All Things Green” Expo on Tuesday. At top, locally grown herbs raised by agriculture students in the MACC greenhouse were available for purchase. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Career center expo sheds light on importance of local agriculture

With 60 degree temperatures and the sun in the sky, it was a perfect day Tuesday to take a tour through the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) greenhouse during the fourth annual “All Things Green” Expo. Students and area residents toured the greenhouse as well as 27 vender booths from area agricultural specialist at the MACC, featuring products grown right in Montcalm County.


Ponzi scheme victims include Montcalm County residents

A pair of West Michigan men have been charged for their alleged involvement in a $9 million Ponzi scheme, which operated under the name API Worldwide Holdings LLC. It is alleged that from July 2006 through January 2012, API Worldwide Holdings and its operators ran as a Ponzi scheme promising huge returns on investments. Jeffrey L. Ripley, 59, of Sparta, and Danny Lee VanLiere, 60, of Grand Rapids, allegedly defrauded at least 140 victims of approximately $9 million by selling fake securities. The two men allegedly promised high returns on money invested, but never delivered on their promises to victims. Investigation revealed that victims were allegedly defrauded of amounts ranging from $3,000 to $600,000 each.


Lakeview, Tri County leaders address MCC board

The Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees swung up into the Panhandle on Tuesday evening to meet with educational leaders eager to make a change for the better. Tri County Area Schools Superintendent Al Cumings and Lakeview Community Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin sat before the college board at the Panhandle Community Center to discuss their hopes and dreams for their districts as the two newest superintendents in the county.

Carson City-Crystal girls basketball coach Larry Farmer goes over a play with his team during a timeout against Morley Stanwood in the Class C regional semifinals. Farmer coached his team to an 18-5 overall record and earned AP Class C Coach of the Year special mention this year.

CC-C’s Farmer earns coach of the year honor

The Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team won its first league title since 1983 and then won its first district title since 1984. Their season ended with a loss to top ranked Morley Stanwood — Class C state semifinalist after a 59-44 quarterfinals victory over Saginaw Nouvel on Tuesday — in the regional semifinals.


Montcalm County treasurer hires new deputy treasurer

Montcalm County has a new deputy treasurer. Dorinda Kirshman began deputy treasurer duties on March 5. She replaces former deputy treasurer JoAnne Vukin, who is now treasurer. Vukin was in charge of hiring her own replacement.

Available for $50, a brick can be customized with any name and will be placed on the grounds of the new Belding Veterans Memorial, which will be built along the east and west sides of the Pere Marquette Depot on Gibson Street in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Freedom Wall brick fundraiser under way at Belding Leppink’s

With a goal to construct the Belding Freedom Wall sometime in May, Belding resident and veteran Denny Craycraft will be fundraising throughout the week at Leppink’s Food Center in Belding, offering residents the chance to embed themselves in the grounds of the monument by purchasing a brick which will be placed just outside the monument.


Central Montcalm will interview 2 superintendent hopefuls

Interviews for two superintendent applicants who hope to take over the helm at Central Montcalm Public School are set for March 22. The two candidates — Troy Lindley, a middle school principal at Newaygo Public Schools, and Kristi Teall, curriculum director and assessment director at Central Montcalm — are vying for the position currently held by Jake Helms, who will retire at the end of this school year.


Funeral Notices for March 14, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Greenville City Council OKs Master Plan

The community will now have just over 60 days to review the Greenville Master Plan and give their input. During Tuesday night’s joint Greenville City Council and Greenville Planning Commission meeting, the Greenville Master Plan was presented to the City Council. The council accepted the plan at the conclusion of the meeting.