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Montcalm Area Reading Council hosts evening of art, music, food, games on Aug. 2

As many as one in five people have difficulty reading and may have dyslexia. It is the hope of the Montcalm Area Reading Council (MARC) to assist those who struggle. MARC was established in 1986 and Executive Director Elaine Crawford has been with the organization since its inception. While the group originated to assist adults with reading difficulty, it has expanded to help children who exhibit reading troubles, as well. The council has also developed a book club, called Montcalm Reads, which is offered to adults only but will soon branch out to include children.


Greenville man dies in crash that leaves two others seriously injured

One person has died from injuries sustained in a Wednesday evening crash on M-91, which left two others seriously injured. The head-on collision happened around 5:40 p.m. Wednesday on M-91 south of Snows Lake Road and north of the Greenbriar Estates Mobile Home Park.

Students from across the country have spread out through Montcalm and Ionia counties working together as part of a home repair mission camp to help restore houses in need of repair by doing woodwork, cementing, painting, and interior and other exterior work on various homes. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville area residents getting help from workcamp youth (Photo Gallery)

About 450 youths from all over the United States have come to Greenville to lend a hand to area residents in need. The Flat River II Workcamp has hit the ground running in Greenville, sending eager youths all around the area painting, building stairs, constructing ramps and more.

Ronald Williams

Howard City man charged in fatal Pierson hit and run

A Howard City man has been charged with a fatal hit and run three months after the accident occurred. Ronald Williams, 57, was arraigned last week and charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident, resulting in serious impairment or death — a felony with a maximum sentence of five years and/or $5,000.

After a collaborative effort, Montcalm Community College received $200,000 from the state to go toward the completion of Yellow Jacket Drive. Pictured, from left, are  MCC Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Robert Marston, MCC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Carbonelli, Sen. Judy Emmons, Rep. Rick Outman, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines, City Manager George Bosanic and Mayor John Hoppough. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Montcalm Community College receives $200,000 from state for new road

State Rep. Rick Outman held a press conference Tuesday to discuss funding of Yellow Jack Drive in Greenville — and to present the college with a $200,000 check. When Montcalm Community College (MCC) started the process for construction on its new Greenville campus, ideas arose on how to utilize the partial road of Yellow Jacket Drive.


Funeral Notices for July 25, 2012

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Quarterback Curtis Heppe follows through on a throw during Tuesday’s passing camp.

Greenville hosts passing camp, season 11 days away

It was a beautiful night for baseball on Tuesday. It was also a beautiful night for a high school 7-on-7 passing camp. With the high school football season less than two weeks (Aug. 6 is the first day of practice) away that has become the norm on school campuses around the state.


GUEST VIEW: The timing of justice

Crime victims, their families and the public expect quick action from their criminal justice system. As Montcalm County prosecutor since 1998 and previously an assistant prosecutor, I fully understand that expectation. I have witnessed, up close every day for 23 years, terrible pain and loss inflicted upon the innocent by the criminally guilty.

Marilyn Totzkay of Crystal, wearing the shirt with the American flag and the words of the U.S. Constitution, listens along with fellow supporters as her husband, Robert Gilman, addresses the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners regarding the Michigan De Jure concept. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

A new day in Michigan? Group delivers history lesson at board meeting

About 20 people attended Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to make a statement about “the original Constitutional jurisdiction of Michigan, a free and independent state.” During the public comment portion of the meeting, Robert Gilman and his wife, Marilyn Totzkay, both of Crystal, read portions of a lengthy statement, as did Randy Esch of Stanton. The group did not make any formal request of the commissioners.

The Stonehouse family of Grandville adopted Phoebe from the Montcalm County Animal Shelter. The puppy was infected with parvo virus. — Courtesy photo

Montcalm County commissioners vote to pay family that adopted parvo dog

A family from Grandville adopted a puppy from the Montcalm County Animal Shelter earlier this year. After weeks of searching, Justin and Lisa Stonehouse and their four children decided to adopt a golden Labarador retriever mix they named Phoebe. The puppy was spayed, received her shots and relocated to a new home. She and her new family immediate fell in love.