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Family and friends comfort Darlene Dickinson, second from left, as she watches her Evergreen Township home burn Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Memories Lost: Sheridan area home destroyed by fire

When Charles Dickinson stepped outside his home Wednesday afternoon to the sight of thick black smoke rising not far in the distance, his heart immediately sank. A nearby house was on fire and he had a gut feeling he may know the homeowner.

Greenville Department of Public Safety officer Marty Obetts, left, and part-paid firefighter Nikki Loomis work together to move a hose after successfully extinguishing a fire at 1208 Ranney Drive in Greenville Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fire at Greenville’s Creekview Estates mobile home park

Leonard Linebaugh had just returned home with his wife, Jennie, when his neighbors pointed out an oddity as he walked outside to collect his mail. Raising attention to his residence at 1208 Ranney Drive, Leonard and his neighbors saw smoke coming from the rear portion of his Creekview Estates mobile home park residence Wednesday afternoon.

At right, Belding High School foreign exchange student Mia Kaarstein, 17, of Porsgrunn, Norway, speaks with fellow senior and friend Grant Hansen, 18, in the main lobby of Belding High School on Monday. Kaarstein is hoping to participate in the school’s commencement ceremony in May. According to school policy, Kaarstein cannot currently participate as she will not be earning a diploma. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding foreign exchange student hopes for policy change

From senior dances to participating on the golf team, Mia Kaarstein is attempting everything she can to absorb American culture in her year as a senior at Belding High School. Currently separated from her home of Porsgrunn, Norway, by six time zones and the entirety of the Atlantic Ocean, the 17-year-old foreign exchange student has always been curious about life in America.

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Pair of adults board Belding school bus, refuse to leave

The Belding Police Department is pursuing the arrest of two Belding residents after they allegedly boarded a school bus and refused to leave at the instruction of the bus driver. At approximately 3:17 p.m. Friday, Belding police officers were dispatched to the bus parking lot at Ellis Elementary School, located at 100 W. Ellis St., to a report of an adult on a school bus that was refusing to get off the bus.

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Belding team takes second place at VEX Robotics State Championship

For the second consecutive year, the Belding robotics team made quite a splash at the VEX Robotics State Championship at Michigan State University. On Feb. 22, four teams of Belding students — all of whom qualified by winning three separate tournaments on the season — competed among 40 of the top high school robotics teams in the state.

The historic Belrockton Belding Museum experienced one of its busiest years  with increased attendance thanks to new exhibits and the increasing popularity of the BEL Children’s Museum. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belrockton’s museum enjoyed a busy 2014

The Belrockton is well established in this community’s history, but it’s the current use of the historic building that has reignited a spark in the center of town. During Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting — during which there was no official city business to conduct — Belding Museum Board member Bruce Feuerstein delivered the annual report on the status of the museum.

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JUST IN: Belding museum enjoyed busy year

During Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting in which there was no official city business to conduct, Belding Museum Board member Bruce Feuerstein delivered the annual report on the status of the museum.

Montcalm Community College Dean of Instruction and Student Development Gary Hauck, dressed in the outfit of the college mascot, the Centurion, speaks during the 50th anniversary celebration Monday at the college. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC celebrates 50 years of excellence

“In years to come, keep fresh and green, the dream of our Montcalm.” That final lyric of the Montcalm Community College (MCC) alma mater reverberated strongly Monday afternoon as it was sung proudly in harmony on the Sidney campus by faculty, students and friends of the college.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks on the topic of the May 5 ballot proposal to increase the Michigan sales tax during Monday’s Legislative Update at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

State Rep. Outman undecided on Michigan road funding proposal

Pick a road — any road — in Michigan, and one is bound to find themselves grumbling about the cracks, bumps and potholes they encounter along the way. It’s fact more than argument that the mitten state is ranked as one of the worst in the nation for road quality.

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UPDATE: High speed likely a factor in M-91 collision leaving 2 injured

Ken Wert was working in his shed Friday afternoon with a fellow neighbor when he heard a terribly loud crash. Running to the front of his house, he came upon the result of a head-on collision just a short distance away on N. Greenville Road (M-91).