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VFW 5065 Commander Donald Rule delivers a welcome speech to an audience of more than 60 people Thursday evening at the Sheridan VFW Post for the Meet the Candidates forum. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Sheridan candidates forum introduces political hopefuls to Montcalm County

With the Aug. 5 primary election quickly approaching, Thursday evening proved to be an informative event for more than 60 people who attended the “Meet the Candidates” event at the Sheridan VFW Post. Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan representatives from five races introduced themselves and their reasons for running throughout the two-hour event.

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Funeral Notices for July 18, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, July 18, 2014

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Central Montcalm hires one principal, but loses another

Between rounds of interviews for a new superintendent, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education, at its monthly meeting Wednesday worked on filling two principal posts.

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Central Montcalm starts interviews for leader

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education on Wednesday interviewed two of the six superintendent candidates. Roche LaVictor, currently principal of Discovery Middle School in the Plymouth-Canton District, and Peter W. Bush Jr., currently high school principal for Coopersville Area Public Schools, each fielded a variety of questions in their hour-long interview before the board. The candidates then were given 15 minutes to question the board or present a closing statement.

The span over the Flat River on Main Street in Belding is now closed to traffic as construction crews work to replace the bridge, cutting off one of the main hubs of traffic into downtown Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Downtown Belding businesses struggling during road construction

As local business owner Bonita Steele stares out her storefront window of the Belding Mini Market through a vacant parking lot, she only observes more of the same. Located directly across her business on W. Main Street is Millie’s Family Restaurant, which also stands still without a single customer inside.

West Michigan Whitecaps outfielder Wynton Bernard gets ready for an at-bat during Wednesday’s game at home against the Peoria Chiefs. Bernard had one hit and scored twice. — Daily News/Emily Waldon

West Michigan Whitecaps keep clicking at Fifth Third Ballpark

COMSTOCK PARK — The West Michigan Whitecaps picked up right where they left off at Fifth Third Ballpark on Wednesday night, continuing their stellar play at home with a 4-2 win over the Peoria Chiefs in front of an excited crowd of 7,249 to kick-off a six-game homestand. After nearly two weeks on the road, [...]

With 4-H supplying the building, booth and name recognition and Greenville Lions Club members offering the man hours to shop, cook and serve, the two local groups teamed up to raise $9,000 to be split 50-50. This is the first year the two organizations ran a joint food booth at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Pictured are 4-H students and advisers operating the booth. — Courtesy photo

Lions Club, 4-H Club team up for fundraiser

Both the Greenville Lions Club and the 4-H program are founded on education and life experiences for local youths. During last month’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair, the two organizations teamed up.

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Greenville schools renew admin contracts

Annual housekeeping was the main agenda at Greenville Public Schools Board of Education meeting Monday night. The six board members in attendance voted to renew two-year administrative contracts to Korie Crawford, John Gilchrist, Mary Beth Taylor, Brian Zdanowski, Leigh Acker, Jack Gilbert, Todd Boyer, Susan Ayres, Gretchen Baarman, Michelle Blaszczynski, Mike Walsh, Linda Van Houten, Ken Poor, Ron Hofmann, Kathy Bresnahan and Leanne Eyer.

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WALDON’S PONDERINGS: A dramatic jailhouse escape … and recapture

Three inmates of the Montcalm County Jail engineered a dramatic escape from their cell by fashioning a skeleton key out of a tin tobacco box, only to be captured in a huckleberry swamp several miles away.

That was the big news locally 100 years ago this week in the Greenville Independent.

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Vestaburg Community Days returns this weekend

The Vestaburg Community Days festival continues to grow as it returns for a third year of celebrating the town’s history.