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Flat River Historical Society and Museum Board Trustee Robin Walter, dressed in a Native American outfit, teaches third-grade students from Lincoln Heights Elementary School, how to use a Native American “buzzer” toy, made of string and an animal’s knuckle bone, as the students toured the museum Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Elementary students engage with local history at Flat River Museum

From soft beaver pelts to rigid arrow heads, students were left anything but empty-handed Wednesday during a tour of local Native American history. Third-grade students from Lincoln Heights Elementary School made the trip to the Flat River Museum in Greenville to get a hands-on look at the history they had been studying this school year.

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Greenville applying for grants to fund four recreation projects

In looking ahead to future years, it’s evident that the city of Greenville has one thing clearly on its mind — recreation. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, four public hearings were held involving grant requests specific to recreation improvements.

New Lakeview softball coach Ron Cantu with his daughters, Hannah, left, and Hailee with their first place trophies from an end-of-the-year pony softball tournament four years ago. (Courtesy photo)

Defense, hitting, ‘small ball’ will be key to Wildcats’ success this year

Last year, the Lakeview Wildcats softball team won its first districts title since 1994 and enjoyed a 22-12 regular season finish.

This year’s team has a new coach and will have a new approach but the goal is still to be just as successful as last year’s team.

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CM board honors winter sports teams

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education honored the district’s winter athletes Monday. Athletes from girls basketball, boys basketball, wrestling and the bowling teams stood before the board and listened as their coaches bragged about the team and individual accomplishments.

A joint application with the cities of Belding and Greenville for a grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund could make it possible for a kayak launch to be installed at Jackson’s Landing in Greenville and Central Riverside Park in Belding. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding sets hearing for new kayak launch

Thanks to a joint grant application between Belding and Greenville, a kayak launch could be coming to Belding. City Manager Bruce Brown told the Belding City Council during a regular council meeting Tuesday evening about a grant application to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund the city of Belding will submit jointly with the city of Greenville.

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Funeral Notices for March 23, 2017

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, March 23, 2017

From left, Montabella Community Schools Board of Education Student Representative Sidney Lint, Trustee Katie Ludwig, President Jann LaPointe, Superintendent Shelly Millis and Trustee Eylie Foster listen to information about how to help students meet Michigan test scores. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Montabella superintendent and school district grades reviewed

Montabella Community Schools Board of Education members graded Superintendent Shelly Millis’ performance after reviewing student test scores.

Both Montabella and its superintendent received their annual evaluations during Monday night’s board meeting.

Howard City Village Clerk-Treasurer Melissa Kuzmik listens at left, as Village Manager Randy Heckman talks about the Howard City Village Council choosing four finalists for village manager during Monday night’s meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council chooses 4 village manager finalists

The Howard City Village Council has chosen four finalists for village manager.

The Village Council on Monday night agreed to arrange interviews with Wally Delamater, Michael Falcon, Thomas Raymond and Charles Watson.

Belding Area Schools Superintendent Brent Noskey, left, and Board President Tim Flynn discuss the choice for a new mascot during Monday evening’s meeting of the board. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding board approves Black Knights as new mascot

One year ago, a mother of two Belding High School wrestlers sparked a debate about the district’s mascot when she had shirts made depicting the Native American imagery the district had worked for years to move away from.

In the following months, Carmin Barker urged the Belding Area Schools Board of Education to make a choice: Bring back the Redskins in full force or to do away with the mascot entirely in favor of something new.

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IN BRIEF: Belding council approves park use agreements

Soccer and softball players in participating organizations will have use of Central Riverside park and Demorest Field, respectively.

During Tuesday evening’s regular meeting, the Belding City Council approved park use agreements with Wounded Soldier Foundation and Bay Area Soccer Club (BASC) for use of the two city parks.