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IN BRIEF: Otisco Township Board sets wages for 2016

Members of the Otisco Township Board voted 2-1 Tuesday evening to set the 2016 wages for township employees.

Members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education listen to a presentation from Donna Oser, the director of leadership, development and executive search services for the Michigan Association of School Boards, during a special Jan. 6 board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding schools starts its superintendent search

The search for the next superintendent of Belding Area Schools is now underway. The Belding Area Schools Board of Education had a special meeting Jan. 6 to begin crafting a framework for the hiring process that will extend through the next six months.

Mark Mathisen was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was 7 months old and was told he wouldn’t live to the age of 18. Today, at age 31, he is celebrating his first published novel, a work of fiction titled “My Brother Alan.” — Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm grad deals with cystic fibrosis diagnosis by writing

At 7 months of age, Mark Mathisen’s eyes were open wide to the world around him serving as a wonderful miracle of life cradled in the arms of his parents. But before Peter and Sharon Mathisen could celebrate Mark’s first steps or first words, their new world as a family of three came crashing to a halt, with Mark suddenly laying prematurely on his deathbed.

From left, Hunter Holloway, 12, Nick Holloway, 11, Lennox Biezais, 13, James Paxton, 13, Brady O’Neal, 10, Jace O’Neal, 12, and Brody Brockschmidt, 11, all of Greenville, climb one of the hills Wednesday at Tower Mountain Park. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Warm winter means no tow rope at Greenville’s Tower Mountain Park

When school is closed and snow is in abundance, there is one place that Greenville children refer to as their winter sanctuary — Tower Mountain Park. Riding on a sled and rushing down the steep slopes within the 10-acre park is an activity so synonymous with the winter season, it could very well be considered a right of passage for local youths.

The unsettling floors at the Greenville Transportation System bus garage have caused serious damage to the overall integrity of the building, resulting in many cracked walls and ceilings. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New Greenville Transit bus garage will be paid ‘100 percent’ by MDOT grants

As if sitting atop some steadily sinking quicksand, the floor of the Greenville Transit System bus garage appears to be disappearing beneath itself. According to City Manager George Bosanic, that is exactly what has happened due to poor soil quality underneath the facility, resulting in plans to build a new facility to house the city’s transport busses, located at 240 E. Fairplains St.

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IN BRIEF: Belding School Board begins search process for new superintendent

The search for the next Superintendent of Belding Area Schools has officially begun.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville city council approves use of special legal counsel by city manager

Members of the Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve the use of special legal counsel and to authorize City Manager George Bosanic to use the attorneys at his discretion.

The Hubbardston dam, centered in the middle of the small village on Fish Creek, is again producing power after owner Roy Davis worked with Consumers Energy to restore the facility and begin selling electricity back to the company. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Hubbardston Hydro dam is once again producing power

The small but roaring falls of the Hubbardston Hydro dam have been flowing for more than a century and a half, and now, they are once again producing power. As of six weeks ago, Hubbardston Hydro owner Roy Davis of Eaton Rapids confirmed the dam is once again operating and “running flawlessly.”

Carson City-Crystal High School senior and volunteer Taylor Ward, 18, left, and paraprofessional Dawn Sanborn, move a table into a new classroom at Carson City Elementary School on Wednesday. Teachers and staff at the school are preparing their classrooms now that construction has nearly finished at the school. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Construction at Carson City-Crystal schools nearly finished

The walls of Carson City-Crystal’s High/Middle School building may echo years of history dating back nearly a century, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room to pursue the future. When students return after their winter break Monday, they’ll notice one room in particular that embodies the spirit of the $11 million bond voters approved in 2014.
As students enter the school and traverse to the building’s second story, just past the 1929 addition, they’ll encounter the a new modern-styled media center, which aims to serve as a commons area and study space for students.

Volunteers at the Belding Food Pantry dress up for the holidays during a free dinner at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Belding on Dec. 17, attended by dozens of families in need. — Courtesy photo

Belding Food Pantry, God’s Kitchen continue to support those in need in Belding community

Helping those in need, from donating food to monetary items, is as important as ever, and pantries such as the Belding Food Pantry continue to work to make sure that need is met. Located at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 409 S. Bridge St., volunteers at the pantry have worked extra during the holiday season to make sure it has been stocked with plenty of food items for the less fortunate.