JUST IN: Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy shot with cross bow; suspect killed

A Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy was shot with a cross bow Friday and a Michigan State Police trooper shot and killed the suspect in return.

A colorful sunset illuminates the evening skyline as the Greenville High School Marching Band performs Wednesday evening on Legacy Field at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

High School marching bands compete in MSBOA festival

With instruments in hand, stadium lights beaming down from above and an audience of peers and judges before them, the first breath on the turf of Legacy Field for hundreds of students Wednesday was followed by an exhale of nerves and the unknown.

Cancer survivor Brenda Saladin of Greenville spent years battling stage III invasive duct carcinoma, but she is now cancer-free. — Courtesy photo

Cancer survivors say listen to your doctor, keep the faith

When it comes to cancer treatment, is it a positive attitude that breeds success or success that produces a positive attitude?

If you ask cancer survivors Karen Herzog and Brenda Saladin, they might tell you it’s a little bit of both.

The newly opened Wellness Works fitness center offers a variety of workout equipment at reasonable rates. — Courtesy photo

New fitness option opens in Stanton

It’s taken about a year to finish construction and outfit with the facility with equipment, but a new wellness center is now open and accepting members. On Thursday, the Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health opened the doors of Wellness Works in Stanton. Open to the community at large, memberships are available for $20 per month or $192 per year.


Montcalm County budget is approved, deficit question pending

Montcalm County’s new fiscal year budget has been approved, with the anticipated deficit set to be covered by the county’s fund equity … unless local voters can help.


‘Looming budgetary pressures’ add difficulty to Michigan road funding plan

Speaking at the first Legislative Update meeting Monday since he last addressed constituents in May, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, picked up right where he left off — state road funding.

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Outman introduces House Bill addressing concerns with microbeads

A lifelong resident of Michigan, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, is well aware of how important the surrounding Great Lakes are to every resident of the “mitten state.”

From drinking water to recreation, and freighters shipping goods to the state’s vast fishing industry, the priority of protecting the state’s invaluable natural resource is always a concern for legislators.


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.

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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.