2022-06-15

Prison inmate pleads guilty to manslaughter of fellow inmate

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A man imprisoned for life for a brutal murder and sexual assault in 2013 pleaded guilty on June 9 to manslaughter in the death of a fellow prison inmate over a dispute regarding a TV set.

Duncan Eric Willis II, 35, killed Kenneth Arlell Gibson, 63, in April 2021. Both men were prison inmates in the Carson City Correctional Facility.

Sheridan man charged with years of sexual assault involving two young girls

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A Sheridan man has been bound over for trial in two sexual assault cases involving two young girls over a period of years.

Matthew Todd Lincoln, 43, appeared in Montcalm County District Court on June 8 for a preliminary examination on seven charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC). After Judge Adam Eggleston heard testimony from one of the girls, he bound the case over for trial in Montcalm County Circuit Court, where a second sexual contact case is also pending involving Lincoln and the same two girls.

SANDY MAIN: Once Upon a Daily

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150 years ago

“Improvements to dining rooms” — Edsall’s Dining Rooms have lately been reconstructed for the more perfect convenience of his numerous customers. The first floor with its gushing soda fountain is adapted more particularly to food lunches, the sale of confectionery, lemonade, oysters, etc. The second floor has been fitted up especially for ladies dining rooms and ice cream parlors.

A heart of ‘purple and gold’

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Greenville schools superintendent announces retirement after 38 years in district

After 38 years of working in education at Greenville Public Schools — the last seven as its superintendent — Linda Van Houten, with mixed emotions and a heavy heart, will be stepping away at the end of the summer to embrace retirement.

During Monday’s regular monthly meeting of the GPS Board of Education, Board President Norice Rasmussen announced that Van Houten, 59, had submitted her letter of resignation, effective Aug. 31.

One person dies in Pine Township barn fire

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One person has been found dead after firefighters responded to a barn fire Tuesday morning.

At approximately 10:31 a.m., firefighters from the Lakeview District Fire Department, receiving automatic mutual aid from the Montcalm Township Fire Department, responded to the report of a barn fire at 10776 Hillis Road.

World’s best in our backyard

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Brooke Henderson, LPGA return to West Michigan for Meijer LPGA Classic

Brooke Henderson loves it in Michigan; it feels like a second home here for her.

Henderson is a native of Smiths Falls, Canada, a town in Eastern Ontario about nine-and-a-half hours east of Grand Rapids. Her brother-in-law is from Grand Rapids, too.

Edmore council OKs variance requests for new urgent care facility

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Council also expands Hometown Hero’s banner program

The Edmore Village Council voted to approve three variance requests for a new urgent care facility on 1021 E. Main Street at Monday’s meeting.

During the public hearing Carol and Alvin Arntz, owners of the property to the north of the proposed doctor’s office, asked City Manager Justin Lakamper to clarify how close the building would be to their home.

Edmore man killed in one-car crash Monday

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n Edmore man was killed in a one-car crash Monday.

Deputies with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a one-car crash on Crystal Road at Lake Montcalm Road at approximately 11:34 a.m.

MSU’s Valery Plata excited to return to Blythefield

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Valery Plata received a phone call from her coach at Michigan State University, Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, then LPGA Classic tournament director Cathy Cooper.

Plata soon had her plans for this week solidified, she was going to play in the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club under a sponsor exemption — an experience she was fully familiar with.

2021 Charitable Heart Award recipient donates to Montcalm CASA

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The Montcalm Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program was blessed by a generous donation from Rockford Construction’s 2021 Charitable Heart Award recipient, Brenda Wallin, as she chose to donate her entire award amount plus additional funds her co-workers contributed, an amount totaling $2,346 to the Montcalm CASA program.