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Montcalm County Information Technology Director Eric McLaughlin explains how the county’s computer server operates from the basement of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office in Stanton. McLaughlin recently solicited multiple bids for county computer upgrades and decided on a $54,998 bid from Dell OEM of Grand Rapids for a PowerEdge VRTX Modular Infrastructure, which he says typically retails for $120,000.— Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County upgrades computer system for $55,000

Montcalm County is catching up with the technological times.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Jan. 23 approved spending up to $60,000 for a server and storage project at the recommendation of Information Technology Director Eric McLaughlin.

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Turk Lake to host 9th annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 11

An icy, snow-covered lake is the last place most people want to take a swim. Add to that Michigan’s average February temperatures and most people would probably decline the offer to take a dip.

But polar plungers will grin and bear it as they jump from the ice into the freezing water beneath to raise funds for Special Olympics Michigan.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 1, 2017

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Greenville Public Schools have rolled out a plan to have buses running only on main paved roads on inclement weather days when travel is safer on such main, paved roads than it is on the area’s gravel back roads. This is an alternative to having to close schools altogether on days when travel is possible on main roads but more difficult on back roads. Students are to be picked up at group stops such as the one at 12 Mile Road and Nugent Avenue. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Parent questions school’s paved roads-only plan

Icy road conditions have kept local school districts from opening their doors more than a few times in the last several weeks. Greenville Public Schools came up with a plan to combat repeated snow days by keeping schools open and having buses travel only on main paved roads in order to avoid treacherous conditions on gravel roads. Since gravel roads tend to be traveled less often, they can take more time to be salted and de-iced.

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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.

Greenville’s Cameron Heppe, left, in white, gets fouled by Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central’s John Fuller (15) during the teams’ game Monday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville boys basketball forced to pick itself up again in loss

Yellow Jackets coach Mark Haist is hoping his team will continue to fight and pick itself up after a 78-34 loss to Grand Rapids Central Monday.

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HIT THE LINE HARD: What’s wrong with second favorites?

I have been a fan of all the Detroit pro sports teams all my life. But I also have second favorites. For some reason, that doesn’t sit well with others. I remember the very day I became a New England Patriots fan … are you done gasping? Ok. So, as I was saying, I remember the day I became a New England Patriots fan. It was the 1985-86 Super Bowl. If you can’t recall, they were thumped by the Chicago Bears 46-10.

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Belding’s Mitchell Ward earns 100th career wrestling win

Belding’s Mitchell Ward said he had butterflies when he went for his 100th career win Wednesday. “I was very nervous. I was super-nervous,” he said. “I didn’t want to let anyone down.” Ward didn’t, getting an 11-3 major decision over Wyoming Kelloggsville’s Connor Moore for win No. 100.

Second-grade students present the story of “Mulan” Saturday evening through a performance they learned in the Walnut Hills Elementary School Chinese Immersion program during the Chinese New Year Gala at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Immersion students ring in the Chinese New Year (PHOTOS)

The year of the rooster is officially here and students at Walnut Hills Elementary School made sure to ring it in properly. Students in the Chinese immersion program took the stage at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center Saturday evening to perform a program that showcased the language and culture they’ve been learning about in school.

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 31. 2017

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