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Montcalm Community College Vice President for Administrative Services James D. Lantz, left, explains the rationale behind raising the college’s 2014-2015 tuition by 5 percent Tuesday as Trustee Patricia Hinrichs listens during the monthly Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees meeting at the Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Community College to raise 2014-2015 tuition 5%

Students attending Montcalm Community College (MCC) will notice a hike in their tuition as they enroll for their next semester of classes. During Tuesday evening’s MCC Board of Trustees meeting at the MCC’s Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center on the college’s Greenville campus, board members voted unanimously to increase the 2014-2015 tuition by approximately 5 percent.

Carson City-Crystal graduate and current film student Alexie Schneider was diagnosed with stage 4 fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare form of cancer, while recovering in a hospital after a car accident in 2013.  — Courtesy photo

Car crash leads to diagnosis of rare cancer for CC-C graduate

Two days before her 20th birthday, everything in Alexie Schneider’s world came to a shocking halt.

It was on a September evening last year when the Carson City-Crystal High School graduate was driving on I-69 during a return trip from Flint to her apartment in Grand Rapids. She was set to begin her first day of classes for her sophomore year at Compass College of Cinematic Arts.

Belding Department of Public Works Director Ernie Thomas checks levels related to the city’s water system. Thomas was selected as the 2014 Michigan Rural Water Association “Man of the Year.” — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding DPW director named Rural Water Association Man of the Year

Ernie Thomas has always been one to enjoy the outdoors, whether it’s patching a pothole on a hot summer evening or driving a snowplow in the early hours of a winter morning, his personal engine is always running with a goal to finish the job. A lifelong Belding resident, he’s worked for the Belding Department of Public Works (DPW) for 39 years, having started in August of 1974, and has served as the department director since April of 1996.

After the recent credit card hack at Carson Village Market in Bloomer Township, people took notes to help prevent themselves of future attacks on their identity during Wednesday evening’s identity theft seminar at Carson City Public Library.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Seminar informs local residents on dangers of identity theft

A lost wallet, a false credit card purchase or a fraudulent bank transaction. The list of examples of identity theft is long and serious, and the consequences of it can be devastating if the right steps aren’t taken to be protected. That’s why Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, chose to host a town hall meeting Wednesday evening at Carson City Public Library to inform residents of the dangers of identity theft.

Belding resident Katherine Henry voices her displeasure of City Manager Meg Mullendore’s handling of Freedom of Information Act legislation. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding citizens again voice displeasure of city council, city manager

Serving as a continuation from the most recent Belding City Council meeting on March 18, residents again voiced their concerns and disappointment Tuesday evening with respect to members of the council and City Manager Meg Mullendore. The meeting followed a similar theme of two weeks ago, fueled by disgruntled citizens who again addressed their concerns during the meeting’s public comment period, which lasted nearly 35 minutes.

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Ionia sheriff selects Meijer for inmate prescriptions

In a search conducted primarily to stay local while remaining cost efficient, the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office has reached out to a nearby pharmacy to serve as its primary prescription provider for jail inmates at the Ionia County Jail. Just one day into a two-year contract, the sheriff’s office is now receiving pharmacy services from Meijer Inc., specifically from the Meijer pharmacy located south of Ionia in Berlin Township.

The Kellogg Elevator Co., located at 818 N. Division St. in Carson City, hasn’t been in use in more than 20 years and has slowly fallen into ruin. Several structures located at the Kellogg Elevator Co. in Carson City have collapsed over the years, creating a scene that many residence want removed. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lengthy demolition underway of old Kellogg Elevator Co.

It’s been more than 20 years since the Kellogg Elevator Co. was up and running on the edge of the city limits, and since that time Mother Nature has not been kind. After years of weathering from winter snowfall and summer storms, the structures that once brought the city to life with local farmers bringing in crops and trains traveling in and out of town are now only a ghostly reminder of what once was.

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JUST IN: Home Township residence destroyed in fire, dog perishes

A two-story home was destroyed by fire Wednesday afternoon after firefighters from three departments battled the blaze for nearly six hours.
The Home Township Fire Department was dispatched at 2:39 p.m. to 7620 N. Academy Road to the call of a structure fire east of Edmore and just south of M-46.

Legislators such as Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, believe that electronic cigarettes can act as a “gateway drug” for minors, leading up to the use of standard cigarettes. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman seeks to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors in Michigan

Should the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors in Michigan be banned? It’s a question that is not generating any disagreement in Lansing, but the method of regulation of the controversial and increasingly popular product is creating mixed opinions amongst legislators.

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Belding accepts bike trail engineering agreement

City Council members voted to enter into an agreement Tuesday evening approving the engineering costs of the upcoming 2.2-mile Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail Project, but not without scrutiny from one council member.
Council members approved a revised professional services agreement with Williams and Works — a Grand Rapids-based surveying and engineering company — for $181,800, in a 4-1 vote. Council member Joe Feuerstein opposed.