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Ryan Hallengren, left, lays down a groove while younger brother Devin “The Hammer” Hallengren — who usually plays drums — keeps time on bass. They currently play together in the duet Noiz Boyz and the Top Shelf band, appearing this weekend at the Driftway Bar in Belding. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Cerebral palsy can’t keep Greenville guitarist from rocking (Video)

Some guitarists say the sound is in the hands, the magical interplay of fingertips on steel; others say it’s all about the equipment — the instrument, the amps, the microphones. For Ryan Hallengren, the music comes straight from the heart and nothing — not even cerebral palsy — is going to keep that music locked up inside him.


Funeral Notices for April 2, 2012

Funeral Notices for Monday, April 2, 2012

Central Montcalm’s Micah Parr gets ready for the pitch during the regional semifinals at Lakeview High School. The Hornets have a new coach in Rocky Studley this year.

Studley takes over helm for Central Montcalm baseball

Central Montcalm has a new baseball coach and he’s got high expectations for his team. The Green Hornets are going to be led by Rocky Studley, who takes over for John Johnson this season.


Greenville golfers looking for experience

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys golf team returns just two players with varsity experience. To say the least, the Yellow Jackets will be inexperienced and looking for growth from this year’s team.

Lakeview senior Liz Nielsen makes a throw to second base during a game last season, The Wildcats went 17-9 overall.

Wildcats ready to improve on diamond

The Lakeview Wildcats softball team went 17-9 last year. They return five experienced players and four of their top five hitters in 2012. Returning for the Wildcats are Liz Nielsen, Andrea Henry, Chelsea Lint, Keelie Outman and Erin Vanderzand. They lost Jessica Keilholtz, Dani Johnson and Lindsay Larsen.

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Tri County area mourns after divers recover body of missing boy

The Tri County Area Schools community has come together to mourn the death of a Pierson teenager who drowned in a fishing accident in Little Whitefish Lake. Sheriff’s divers recovered the body of Dalton Gustinis at 2 p.m. on Saturday — 38 hours after he disappeared. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Little Whitefish Lake in Pierson Township at about 12:30 a.m. on Friday.

This time the work on Lincoln Avenue will be done right, promises Village Manager James Freed. The project, slated to begin April 16, should be completed before the Memorial Day Parade. - Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview’s Main Street slated for renovation

Come mid-April, some longtime residents of Lakeview may be surprised to see orange barrels again lining downtown Lincoln Avenue. Just over a decade ago, road crews descended on the village and worked through the summer tearing up old pavement and putting down new. Updated curb and gutter work was also completed at that time.

Six-year-old Ellis Elementary kindergartener Kirsten Antcliff chooses a dog toy to put in her pet care bag for the West Michigan Pet Expo this weekend. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding pupils create pet care bags for dogs and cats up for adoption

For the last three weeks, it’s been all about cats and dogs at Ellis Elementary School in Belding. Pupils in kindergarten, second grade and special education classes have been working with the Safe Haven Humane Society of Ionia to prepare more than 70 pet care bags for the seventh annual Michigan Pet Expo at the Deltaplex Arena today and Sunday in Grand Rapids.


Funeral Notices for March 31, 2012

Funeral Notices for Saturday, March 31, 2012

Crystal Township residents gathered Wednesday evening to give their input to the Crystal Township Board about a proposed dock and boat ordinance. - Daily News/Robin Miller

Crystal Township residents question proposed lake ordinance

The Crystal Community Center was filled to capacity at Wednesday night’s public hearing to discuss the new Crystal Township dock and boat ordinance drafted by township attorney Clifford Bloom. The proposed ordinance replaces existing Ordinance 15-A, which currently controls lake access at Crystal, Duck and Loon lakes.