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IN BRIEF: Montcalm Township board approves fire department hires, truck repairs

It was good news and bad news from the Montcalm Township Fire Department at Wednesday night’s meeting.

On a positive note, Fire Chief Clif Dickinson requested the township board approve hiring four men to join the fire department.

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OUR VIEW: That’s no way to say goodbye to Belding-Greenville football

Belding-Greenville football games are a way of life around here.

The rivalry is legendary, one of the oldest in the state of Michigan, and spans more than a century.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 4, 2017

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Feb. 4, 2017

Rep. John Moolenaar

GUEST VIEW FROM REP. MOOLENAAR: A call for civil discussion

It is an honor to serve as your representative in the U.S. House.

With a new presidential administration coming into office, many Americans have been actively involved in the political process through phone calls, letters and emails to their members of Congress. Some have even traveled hundreds of miles to have their voice heard.

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UPDATE: Trufant woman dies in Spencer Township crash

A Trufant woman died after her vehicle ran off the road and hit a tree Thursday morning.

Greenville senior quarterback Cal Syrjala (2) breaks through Belding defenders, juniors Andrew Gonzales (13) and James Daniel (2), en route to scoring a touchdown at Legacy Field in Greenville in last season's rivalry game, in which the Yellow Jackets won 49-6. (File photo)

JUST IN: Greenville-Belding football rivalry on two-year hiatus

The long-standing football rivalry between the Belding Redskins and the Greenville Yellow Jackets will be postponed at least for the next two years, a decision made by Belding Area Schools this week.

Justin Amash

Amash, Moolenaar react differently to Trump’s immigration order

Two local Republican Congressmen had very different reactions to an executive order on immigrants and refugees.

On Friday, President Donald Trump announced an executive order intended to prevent terrorists from entering the United States.

Jim Lower

GUEST VIEW: 70th District freshman rep checks in

I officially took office as the voice for Montcalm and Northern Gratiot County on Jan. 1. However, I went to work planning for the transition shortly after the campaign ended last November. That month I was selected by my colleagues to serve on the Leadership team for the Michigan House Republicans. I serve as the Chief Deputy Whip. I am the only first term member elected to the Leadership team.

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The Daily News is Newspaper of the Year

For the second consecutive year, The Daily News has been named the Michigan Press Association (MPA) Newspaper of the Year.

The award was announced during Thursday’s MPA banquet at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. The Daily News won Newspaper of the Year in the daily newspaper Class D category and Excellence in Advertising for all newspapers in the state, along with 29 additional awards and honorable mentions.

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OUR VIEW: What are you doing Monday night?

The new year is three weeks underway — how are your resolutions going? If you resolved to find a way to get more involved in your community, we have a suggestion, and it’s only a commitment of one night per month: Attend a Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting.