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Montcalm County officials continue to work on budget

Montcalm County commissioners continued to hash out the upcoming budget year in another three-hour meeting Monday. Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer led the meeting, along with Finance & Personnel Committee members Commissioners Ron Baker of Howard City, Tom Lindeman of Greenville, Betty Kellenberger of Carson City and Ron Retzloff of Crystal.

The Eureka Township Board voted 6-1 Monday to contribute $3,000 to the Montcalm Alliance for a contract with The Right Place, a West Michigan economic development organization. Pictured, from left, are trustees Brad Kelley and Elaine Pendrick, and Treasurer Cindy Hanson. Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Eureka Township pledges $3,000 to local economic development efforts

Dominos continue to fall in the Montcalm Economic Alliance’s effort to fund countywide economic development by contracting with The Right Place, a West Michigan economic development organization.

Edmore Village President Chet Guild, center, talks about whether to hire a new village manager at Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Explanation sought in Edmore village manager situation, but still not given

Again the four councilmen were asked, and again they deigned to answer why they voted not extend this village manager’s contract.

The question was asked at tonight’s Edmore Village Council meeting, which more than 30 people attended.

Christopher Wilcox

Michigan Court of Appeals upholds Pierson man’s methamphetamine lab conviction

The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Pierson man who was operating a methamphetamine lab in his home, where two young children lived.

The 2014 Danish Festival queen and court are, front row from left, Prince Ethan DeKraker, Queen Lauren Walsh and Princess Addison Kemp; back row from left, Young Miss First Runner-up Alexa Neumann, Young Miss Mollie Rodenhouse; Miss Danish Festival First Runner-up Brianna Van Houten; Junior Miss Danish Festival Olivia Youmans and Junior Miss First Runner-up Amber Zimmerman. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Walsh wins Miss Danish in her first-ever pageant

When Lauren Walsh was on stage at the Miss Danish Festival Scholarship Pageant, she said it didn’t feel like a competition. In her very first pageant, Walsh, 17, looked very at ease Saturday night at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center stage as she and three other young women competed for the title of Miss Danish Festival 2014.

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OUR VIEW: The missing voice of the 85 percent

Another primary election, another dismal turnout. Tuesday brought just 15.5 of registered voters to the polls in Ionia County and 15 percent in Montcalm County.

A van and a pickup truck collided Friday afternoon on Greenville Road just south of Greenville. — Courtesy photo

4 hospitalized after head-on collision south of Greenville

Four people were treated for non life-threatening injuries after a head-on collision Friday afternoon on Greenville Road. Deputies from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of a two-car crash at Greenville Road near Jordan Road just south of Greenville in Eureka Township shortly after 3 p.m. Friday.

Alisha Gatchel

Greenville woman a semifinalist at national pageant

Alicia Gatchel had the opportunity of a lifetime when she spent one week in Orlando, Florida, representing her home state at the Miss America Outstanding Teen pageant. As the Miss Michigan Outstanding Teen, a title earned in June, Gatchel, of Greenville, competed against 52 other young women from around the country, plus Washington DC, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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Funeral Notices for August 11, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, August 11, 2014

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UPDATE: Teenagers ID’d after fiery fatal crash

The victims of a fiery car crash early this morning have been identified.