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IN BRIEF: Belding board OKs trip to state conference

Students who qualified to compete at the state Business Professionals of America (BPA) conferences will be able to stay overnight at the conference in Grand Rapids.

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IN BRIEF: Howard City village manager reduces public comment

The nearly 20 people who attended Monday night’s Howard City Village Council meeting only had one opportunity to share their thoughts.

Village Manager-President Randy Heckman removed the second public comment opportunity from the end of the meeting agenda. The public comment opportunity at the beginning of the meeting remains on the agenda.

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IN BRIEF: Montabella school board talks state budget, laws

Montabella Community Schools Superintendent Shelly Millis brought up some potential good and bad news coming from Lansing in the future during Monday night’s school board meeting.

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Greenville E-Z Mart sells $23.6 million Lotto 47 ticket

A perfect selection going six-for-six on a locally purchased lottery ticket has made someone a millionaire overnight.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 20, 2017

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Feb. 20, 2017

Vestaburg’s Christian Keeler, dark jersey, looks to the basket while surrounded by Carson City-Crystal players during their game Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Eagles win nine days after Wolverines win first meeting

The last time Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg got together for a boys basketball game, the Wolverines pulled out a close game. The second time nine nights later? Not so much.

Devin Tumbleson

Belding man sent to prison for strangling, nearly killing woman

A Belding man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison after attacking and nearly killing a Crystal woman nearly one year ago.

Cheyanna Fleming

Trio of female cousins from Saginaw get jail for robbing Sidney man

A trio of female cousins from Saginaw received jail sentences for their roles in robbing a Sidney Township home last autumn.

Central Montcalm's Austin Proctor hits a 3-pointer over Big Rapids players Friday. Proctor's team wore orange and white uniforms as part of the school's Orange Out event to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Martin’s 50 points lead Big Rapids over Central Montcalm

Demetri Martin showed why he may be the best basketball player in the state against Central Montcalm on Friday. The Big Rapids senior forward dropped a school single-game record 50 points to help his Cardinals (15-1 overall, 11-0 CSAA-Gold) earn a 83-45 win during Central Montcalm’s Orange Out event, which raises awareness of type 1 diabetes.

Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford looks to penetrate into Big Rapids’ defense during the second half of Friday’s game. Ledford finished with 10 points. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Battle of league’s overall lead goes to Big Rapids, beats Central Montcalm

For a moment, it looked as though Central Montcalm’s Orange Out event was going to include a great comeback victory Friday. However, the Cardinals of Big Rapids, who were tied for first in the overall standings of the Central States Activities Association with the Green Hornets before the game, proved too much in the end, securing a 52-42 victory.