TEN QUESTIONS: Small town super

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Who are you? My name is Brandon Hubbard. I was born and raised in Alma. I am too old (46), and I am Vestaburg Community Schools’ superintendent. 

STEVE MERREN: Never too soon

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With the summer officially starting and the fishing being so good right now, it is hard to get in the mindset of whitetail deer hunting.

And yet, avoiding the preseason scramble on the cusp of October can be priceless.

AUSTIN CHASTAIN: Inside the ropes for a memorable week of golf

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Golf is my favorite sport, at least to play — despite the funny four-letter words that sometimes come out of my mouth. 

Over the last year, golf is becoming one of my favorite sports to cover, too.

PASTOR COOPER: The wisdom of the aged

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There is a saying that I remember as a youth which simply stated in the local dialect, “Too soon olt and too late shmart.”

Of course, as a young kid this meant absolutely nothing to me.

Beating the heat at the fair

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4-H’ers take precautions — and continue to have fun — during hot, dry conditions at Montcalm County Fair

A year ago this week, local 4-H’ers struggled at times to show animals, ride horses or even enjoy each other’s company as day after day, rain came down without an end in sight. 

At this year’s Montcalm County Fair, however, 4-H’ers — and their animals — likely wouldn’t complain if a few rain clouds drifted overhead. 

From a landmark to a legacy

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How Belding man became the new owner of Hilltop Sporting Goods

Standing behind a workbench with compound bows lining the walls, Derek Drye looks completely at home as a co-owner of Hilltop Sporting Goods.

Drye and his wife Ashley took over ownership of the Greenville staple in February. While they plan to make changes, such as expanding youth programs, the significance of Hilltop Sporting Goods, located at 13700 14 Mile Road just west of Greenville, in the community isn’t lost on them.

Greenville man pleads to child abuse in death of 5-year-old girl

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A Greenville man will likely see a second-degree murder charge dismissed as a result of a plea deal in which he is pleading no contest to two other charges related to the death of a 5-year-old Greenville girl last summer.

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals award scholarships

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Six students receive help with college tuition

Six college-bound students pursuing careers in the medical field have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Spectrum Health Foundation and medical staff at United Hospital in Greenville and Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview. 

Bloomer Township Planning Commission tables wind ordinance, again

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 The Bloomer Township Planning Commission continues to be in no hurry to vote on a wind and solar energy ordinance.

The Planning Commission held a public hearing Wednesday evening on the draft ordinance — the second public hearing that’s been held on the matter.

The Right Place receives $588,000 grant to assist area companies

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The Right Place Inc. has received $588,235 in funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) to help support Industry 4.0 awareness and preparedness and increase technology adoption through implementation grants for emerging manufacturers.