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Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin reviews the website of BS&A, which provides tax software to Montcalm County and other local municipalities. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners recently voted to purchase $138,285 of new financial software from BS&A, which Vukin says will help streamline the country’s financial process, as well allow her office to track county funds. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners buy $168,000 worth of software, server

Montcalm County is in the process of obtaining $168,072 worth of new financial software for all county departments as well as a new computer server for county courts.

The financial software from BS&A in Lansing costs $138,285 and the court server from DMC Technology Group Inc. costs $29,787.60.

By Ryan Schlehuber

Rooting for Carson City-Crystal’s underdog

As a sports editor who covers multiple teams for up to eight local high schools, I try not to be a “homer” for one particular team.

But I have to admit, after doing a story on Carson City-Crystal’s girls soccer team, it’s hard to not throw on an Eagles hat and root for them.

Carson City-Crystal’s girls soccer program, which became a sanctioned varsity sport two years ago, received another two-year extension by the school’s Board of Education in January. This year’s team has a larger team — 19 players — and bigger goals.

With new life, Carson City-Crystal’s soccer program focuses on bigger goals

After surviving a school board debate about whether the program should continue, the Carson City-Crystal Eagles girls soccer team is ready to show it belongs on the field.

And this year, it has numbers.

In January, the CC-C school board agreed to extend the soccer program another two years, giving coach Mallory Lynch a chance to continue to build the program and continue increasing the team’s wins.


Belding City Council hears update on SAW grant

Nearly three years ago, the Belding City Council approved an application to the Michigan Department of Environment and Quality (MDEQ) for Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater (SAW) improvements.

The grant was approved in 2013 for $881,550 with a city match of $97,050. The city partnered with Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering Inc. of Grand Rapids to handle the project.


New summer softball leagues coming to Belding

Two softball leagues will be starting up in Belding thanks to some hard work from members of the Wounded Soldier Foundation in Greenville.

Kevin Petersen, the treasurer of the foundation and the owner of County Line Auto, answered the call from residents of Belding to bring softball leagues back to the city. The leagues have been operating in Greenville in recent years, but are now departing due to some issues with league and tournament management.


Funeral Notices for April 7, 2017

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From left, Greenville City Council members Larry Moss and Lloyd Scoby listen Tuesday evening as City Manager George Bosanic answers questions regarding a grant that would potentially provide more than $1 million in funding to build a septage facility at the city’s wastewater plant capable of storing waste. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville pursuing grant funding for new septage facility

Pending grant approval, this city could one day find itself expanding in the business of waste management. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, City Manager George Bosanic brought forth a proposal to apply for more than $1 million in grant funding to improve the city’s current facilities at its wastewater treatment plan.

From left, Trustee Ben Oatley, Trustee Dan Zeigler, Clerk Lynda Sower and Treasurer Cara Johnson discuss township business during the regular meeting of the Otisco Township Board on Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Otisco Township has not been pursuing back taxes; residents owe $80,000+

Delinquent property taxes are causing a headache for township officials. During a regular meeting of the Otisco Township Board on Tuesday evening, Treasurer Cara Johnson brought it to the board’s attention that some property owners owe back taxes dating back nearly two decades.


Funeral Notices for April 6, 2017

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Firefighters from the Lakeview District and Maple Valley Township fire departments respond to the fire. — Daily News/Cory Smith

No one injured in Lakeview structure fire

With firefighters having just extinguished a fire within his residence, Michael Mass sat in his car, keeping a folded American flag salvaged from his home close by his side. The 21-year military veteran sat in a daze Tuesday afternoon, unaware of how the fire could have started, which likely destroyed a number of his personal items.