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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.

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CC-C High School Band earns Division I rating

When members of the Carson City-Crystal High School Band take the stage, each musician approaches their performance with a mentality composed of complete dedication to their craft with an eye focused on perfection.

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Saturday benefit planned for Greenville couple after house fire

When Leroy and Betty Jones watched their Fairplain Township home of 41 years burn to the ground the evening of March 5, they lost not only their home and contents inside, but a lifetime of memories they had built in the community together.

The Pere Marquette Depot in Belding was at capacity for Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council Member, in which several members of the community and surrounding area asked that City Manager Meg Mullendore resign from her position. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding community members demand city manager’s resignation; she says no

With a standing room only crowd, the intensity of Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting reached a boiling point once the floor was opened for citizen comment. Several residents and business owners of Belding and neighboring communities spoke in succession, each with a plea that City Manager Meg Mullendore resign from her position “immediately.”

Members of the Hubbardston and surrounding communities participate in the self proclaimed “World’s Shortest Parade” Monday afternoon to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Village of Hubbardston celebrates St. Patrick’s Day (PHOTOS)

Though the village of Hubbardston boasts hundreds of years of Irish history, it was the youngest of descendants, with toes tapping and legs moving swiftly that signaled the beginning of St. Patrick’s Day in the small town.

Members of the Belding Board of Education voted Monday evening to allow the Belding robotics team to travel to the VEX World Robotics Competition in Anaheim, Calif. in April. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding robotics team to compete in world tournament

The Belding robotics team continues to climb to new heights each and every year, and now the team will ascend to its highest peak yet. At Monday evening’s Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, board members voted unanimously to allow the five members of the team who qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship to travel to Anaheim, Calif. in April.

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Crystal Township Fire Department officials concerned with well

A troublesome situation with collecting water to battle a recent house fire has the Crystal Township Fire Department concerned for the safety of homeowners as well as firefighters. At Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Scott Brundage said action needs to be taken with the township’s de-watering well on W. Park Street, which the department uses to fill its water tankers.

Firefighters and officers with the Greenville Department of Public Safety work to extinguish a fire at 1002 Davis Dr. in Greenville Thursday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville mobile home heavily damaged in fire

A Greenville man is now without the majority of his possessions, and likely his home, after he returned from work this afternoon to the surprise of firefighters working to extinguish a fire at his residence.

Orleans Township, with the township hall located in the village of Orleans, will continue to receive dedicated police coverage from the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office after a three-year agreement was renewed by council members. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Orleans Township, Ionia Sheriff renew dedicated police coverage agreement

Orleans township will continue to receive dedicated police coverage for the next three years after an agreement was recently secured with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office. The Orleans Township Board voted Feb. 18 to accept a three-year contract with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office for township coverage in the form of a dedicated deputy.