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The former Hitachi water tower, located at 7800 N. Heff Road in the village’s Sunrise Industrial Park, is currently not in use but will continue to stand empty as Edmore Village Council members await less expensive bids for possible demolition. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore holds off on water tower demolition

After spending a half million dollars to restore and paint Edmore’s water tower in April, the Village Council turned its focus this month to another water tower. During Monday evening’s meeting, council members briefly entertained the idea of dismantling the former Hitachi water tower at 7800 N. Heff Road in the village’s Sunrise Industrial Park.

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JUST IN: Montcalm Community College to raise tuition by 4 percent

In keeping with statewide averages, tuition at Montcalm Community College (MCC) will be rising once again. Members of the MCC Board of Trustees voted 7-0 this evening to increase tuition at the college for the 2015-2016 school year.

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JUST IN: Edmore Department of Public Works reorganizing after departure of supervisor

The Edmore Village Council unanimously voted 6-0 Monday evening on a shifting of positions, pay rates and schedules at the village’s Department of Public Works (DPW).

Dr. Dorothy Berg of North Kent Guidance Services asks a question about survey results regarding the health of Montcalm County residents Wednesday in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Data shows more action needed to improve health of area residents

The Healthy Montcalm Initiative created a goal three years ago to continue to improve the overall health and wellbeing of residents in Montcalm County. That goal continues, as was evident Wednesday at the Montcalm Human Services Coalition meeting when Marcus Cheatham of the Mid-Michigan District Health Department presented data for coalition members to evaluate.

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Greenville native dies in Florida motorcycle accident

Aric James “AJ” Pitchford may have died young, but his friends and family in Greenville will never forget the bonds he formed, bonds that made it seem as if had he never left home. The 22-year-old died on May 1 when he lost control of his motorcycle while driving in Riviera Beach, Fla.

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Belding balances budget

As one of his first tasks as city manager, Bruce Brown dove head-first into the community’s upcoming fiscal year budget. His goal: Create a balanced budget, without any major cuts, that includes a healthy “rainy day fund.”

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JUST IN: Belding passes balanced tentative budget for 2015-2016 fiscal year

The Belding City Council has passed a tentative budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year that is balanced without borrowing from the city’s general fund.

Former Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore is shown at a 2014 Belding City Council meeting. She is now suing the City Council for its decision to fire her. (Daily News file photo)

Mullendore suing Belding City Council; city attorney believes claims are untrue

Meg Mullendore was terminated from her job as Belding city manager earlier this year, and is now suing the Belding City Council for its decision to fire her.

Encounter Community Church Lead Pastor Rob Lawrence greets members of the church’s congregation Sunday afternoon at the future sight of a $260,000 expansion to provide more space for the church’s sanctuary. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s Encounter Community Church finds room to grow

Just a few years ago, Encounter Community Church was on the verge of shutting its doors for good. Citing low attendance and struggling to survive after opening in 2007, Pastor Rob Lawrence said the church was at a crossroads and faced an uncertain future.

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Outman making second attempt to keep e-cigarettes away from kids

As the popularity of electronic cigarettes grows, so too does the amount of questions raised regarding how they should be regulated. Are they dangerous? What’s in them? Are they a legitimate substitute for traditional cigarettes?