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JUST IN: Montcalm County commissioners approve 2016 budget

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2015-2016 budget after a public hearing today.

Montcalm Country Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer presented a budget with estimated expenditures at $14.4 million and estimated revenue at $14.2 million for a deficit of almost $230,000.

Dallas Lincoln’s new self-published book, “Gladys Returns,” continues the tale begun in one of his previous children’s books. Lincoln has several titles, for both adults and children, available at Robbins Book List in Greenville. — File photo

Two local authors publish new books

Local publishing is alive and well thanks, in part, to the recent release of two new books by area authors. Prolific writers Verwayne Greenhoe and Dallas Lincoln both self-published books this past summer.

Lakeview sophomore running back Mike Zerka (5) attempts a pass on a trick play in the second quarter Friday evening while evading a Morley Stanwood defender. Daily News/Cory Smith

Morley Stanwood stuns Lakeview with late score

Special teams kept Morley Stanwood close early on in Friday night’s Central State Activities Association Gold game at Lakewood. But it was a series of special plays late by Mohawks quarterback Nic Huntey that made the difference in a 23-17 victory over the Vikings. Trailing 17-10 midway through the fourth quarter, Huntey — who had just three rushing yards and none passing before then — stepped up with the game on the line and made several big plays that led to 13 points and the win.

Greenville running back Nolan MacMillen breaks free from a tackle during a run against Forest Hills Northern Friday. Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Jake Martin leads FH Northern past Greenville

Stopping Jake Martin is the task of every Forest Hills Northern opponent. After five weeks, the Greenville Yellow Jackets were the latest in trying to find a successful way. Martin, a senior quarterback, rushed for 209 yards, passed for 176 yards and accounted for all eight of the Huskies’ touchdowns, five of them on the ground, in a 62-22 win against Greenville at home Friday night.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 28, 2015

Read funeral notices for Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.

Amy Johnson, standing, and Candis Almas work on a court document in the 8th Judicial Circuit Court Clerk’s office in Stanton on Thursday afternoon. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is considering a request from Clerk Kristen Millard to make Johnson a full-time office assistant instead of part-time due to Almas’ success tracking down and collecting delinquent court funds. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Montcalm County commissioners likely saying no to most budget requests

Listening to Montcalm County budget talks this year has been a bit like listening to The Isley Brothers’ oldie, “Nobody But Me”: “No-no, no, no, no, no-no-no, no, no-no, no, no-no …”

Greenville resident Roger Coles addressed an audience of 20,000 at the World Leisure Games in Qingdao, China. The 10-day event was broadcast across that nation and drew hundreds of thousands of spectators. Coles is chairman of the organization. (Courtesy photos)

Hosting World Leisure Games in China ‘a marvelous ride’ for Greenville man

When Roger Coles retires “sometime soon,” he will, unlike some, manage to keep himself busy. Real busy. In fact, Coles’ idea of retirement might look like a hectic nine-to-five to a lot of folks. As chairman of the Recreation Department at Central Michigan University, he has — one might think — more than enough to fill his days.


Funeral Notices — Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

Funeral notices for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

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Judge says murder confession illegally obtained by police

In a major victory for the defense, a Montcalm County judge has granted a motion to suppress a defendant’s murder confession, ruling the confession was illegally obtained by police.

Judge Donald Hemingsen released his opinion on the matter Wednesday after last Friday’s court hearing to consider a motion to suppress any and all statements made by Alan Morse, 48, of Sidney Township.

Ronald Wilson, a candidate for the position of Greenville Public Schools superintendent, answers questions from the Greenville Board of Education during his second-round interview Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Former Howell leader shares goals with Greenville school board

Entering the final turn in the race to find the next superintendent of Greenville Public Schools, the last remaining candidate was interviewed Wednesday.

Ronald Wilson, 54, the final of three remaining candidates narrowed down from the initial 25, was interviewed and asked 13 questions during an hour-long interview.