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The Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) discussed the seven points of its vision statement during its December meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

COGG discusses vision statement going into 2015

As the last days of 2014 descend on the city, the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) is looking ahead to 2015. During its December meeting, the group discussed the several points of its vision statement.

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Village of Lakeview, business looking at removal of heavy metals from sewer pond

A cooperative effort between this village and Parker-Hannifin Corp. will result in a cleanup operation this spring at the sewer ponds north of town. Currently, one of the ponds contains heavy metals deposited there more than a decade ago, prior to Parker-Hannfin’s installation of new reclamation equipment.

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JUST IN: Sand Lake man injured in car-semi truck accident

One man was injured in a car-semi truck accident Friday morning near Six Lakes. Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident, which occurred on Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) near North Six Lakes Road around 10:56 a.m.

Randy Heckman is wearing a lot of hats in Howard City these days — business owner, fire chief, village manager and village president. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Randy Heckman juggling multiple village responsibilities

Imagine waking up in the early morning hours and firing up the snowplow to clear local streets, ushering in mourners for an afternoon funeral visitation, researching a possible zoning violation, presiding over an evening village council meeting and then being roused from your sleep well after midnight to rush out and fight a fire.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 20

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, Dec. 20 2014

Robbins Book List manager Kevin Powell, right, says local businesses can offer customers personalized services unavailable online or at big box stores. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Local shopping offers personal touch, knowledgeable advice

Online retailers would have you believe that the perfect shopping experience is just a mouse click away. Sure, shopping online is easy; there are no lines, no slogs through snowy streets, no parking issues. But that’s only half the story.

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Greenville receives annual financial report, shows positive trends

It’s the end of the year and the city of Greenville just got its end-of-the-year financial report card, which showcased mostly positive marks. During the last regular meeting of 2014, the Greenville City Council heard the city’s annual financial report for the fiscal year. Joe Verlin of Gabridge and Co. gave the report for the fiscal year of June 30, 2013, to June 30, 2014.

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Belding council members argue over resolution regarding city attorney

An argument over who has the power to request the city attorney be present at Belding City Council meetings has led to the passing of a new resolution. However, that act has raised concern from a number of residents and some council members.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 19, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Members and supports of the Belding Education Association stand together in applause Monday to show support for a “fair contract” between the school district and union members. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Board of Education cites budget restraints in lack of raises

Contract disputes are never fun … especially when they drag out. After nearly six months of negotiations, a contract between Belding Area Schools and the Belding Education Association (BEA) remains stagnant after two failed tentative agreements.