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Kevin Vail, a recent graduate from the fruit and vegetable management program offered by Montcalm Community College in conjunction with Michigan State University, talks with guests at an open house unveiling the greenhouse at the Sidney campus of MCC on Thursday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

New greenhouse opens on Montcalm Community College campus

Green thumbs in the area rejoice: There’s a new greenhouse in town.

A partnership between Montcalm Community College (MCC) and Michigan State University (MSU) has allowed the community college to build a permanent greenhouse enclosed by polycarbonate (as opposed to heavy-duty plastic).

David Bluhm of Fleis & VandenBrink presents findings from studies conducted through a stormwater, asset management and wastewater (SAW) grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding City Council approves water rate increases

City residents will soon see a rate increase to water/sewer services. Following a presentation from David Bluhm, division manager of engineering firm Fleis & VandenBrink, the Belding City Council approved a rate increase during Tuesday’s meeting.

From left, Landon Neal, 12, Cole Shoup, 12, and Ty McDiarmid, 11, presented their report on the Amazon rainforest to the Belding Area SChools Board of Education during Monday’s meeting. Students in Diane Kuhn’s sixth grade geography class were tasked with creating an organization designed to educate others about the Amazon rainforest, its ecosystems and the dangers deforestation poses. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding school board hears success stories, high school handbook changes

There are some exciting things happening at Ellis Elementary School.

During Monday’s meeting of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education, Ellis Principal Tiffany Jackson shared some success stories.

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IN BRIEF: Belding mayor declares Arbor Day April 28

Arbor Day is set for April 28 in the city of Belding.

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Belding High School hosts forgiveness-themed event

Through religious faith, two men who by all accounts should never be friends are defying the odds. Benton Harbor natives Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins visited Belding High School on Saturday evening to tell the story of how they overcome their substantial differences to establish a friendship.

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IN BRIEF: Belding board approves contract renewal

The Belding Board of Education approved a contract renewal during Monday evening’s regular meeting.

The Vestaburg FIRST Robotics team, the Vestabots, in red shirts, are advancing to the state finals competition at Saginaw Valley State University today and Sunday. The team won the Gracious Professionalism award at last weekend’s event in Shepherd; an award which recognizes teamwork, a positive attitude and communication. — Courtesy photo

Vestaburg robotics team bound for state tourney

There were a lot of firsts happening for Vestaburg Community School last weekend. The high school’s first robotics team competed in their first competition — and won — during a tournament in Shepherd on April 8. The competition is part of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) robotics.

President of the Michigan Community College Association Mike Hansen talked about legislation and budgets during Tuesday evening’s regular meeting of the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MCC Board and guest talk taxes

Personal property taxes, income taxes and legislative updates were the talks at the table Tuesday evening. The Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees heard an update from Mike Hansen, president of the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA). Hansen talked about Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget, the failed initiative to do away with income tax in Michigan and equity in student opportunity.

Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Linda Van Houten updates the school board on an upcoming bond proposal during Monday evening’s regular meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville school board hears bond proposal update

With about four weeks to go until voters weigh in on a bond proposal for Greenville Public Schools, the school board heard an update from its superintendent.

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IN BRIEF: MCC board approves slight tuition hike

Tuition rates for Montcalm Community College (MCC) students will be increasing slightly in the upcoming academic year.