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IN BRIEF: Stanton City Commission endorses Taste of Montcalm

It may only be February, but Stanton City Commissioners discussed the June Taste of Montcalm festival at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Stanton City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert asked city commissioners to endorse the festival, which had it’s inaugural event last year.

Belding’s Avery German, middle, tries to put up a shot but is blocked by both Central Montcalm’s Bree Brasington, left, and Kenzie Rutz during the teams’ Class B district game Monday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Central Montcalm beats Belding 47-37 to advance in districts

One quarter and one missing player ended Belding’s girls basketball season Monday night. Belding had its season end by Central Montcalm in the Class B girls basketball district opener Monday night, losing 47-37 in Alma.

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Vikings’ basketball manager Andrew Houghton gets a memorable in-game experience

Though the Tri County Vikings boys basketball game against Fremont was all but lost, there was one person who came into the game that lifted the spirits of everyone in the gymnasium Friday. With 2:30 minutes left in the game and the Fremont Packers up by 20, 18-year-old Andrew Houghton’s name was called by Vikings coach Josh Delameter to check into the game. As Houghton walked onto the court, fans in the gymnasium applauded and roared as his name echoed from the announcer through the speakers.

Purchased by Mike Huckleberry in 1992, Huckleberry’s officially closed Monday and is in the process of being sold to Davide and Dan Uccello, owners of Flo's Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar. — Daily News/Cory Smith

After 25 years, Huckleberry’s sells, closes its doors

Twenty-five years ago, Mike Huckleberry can recall the day he purchased the Happy Go Lucky Bar, sipping his very first beer that evening as a new downtown business owner, served by bartender Tom Morrow. On Sunday, after a quarter-century of ownership in which Mike expanded the small dive-bar into a full dine-in restaurant, creating one of the staples of downtown evening entertainment in the community with “Huckleberry’s,” Morrow again served Mike a beer from his own establishment — but for the final time.

Dan Scholtens, left, has been teaching at Belding High School for the past 33 years. He was honored by state Rep. Thomas Albert, second from left, with a tribute during a special assembly Friday afternoon. Belding High School Principal Michael Ostrander, second from right, announced Friday that Athletic Trainer Heidi Wilker, right is in the top five finalists for the Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award from Training and Conditioning magazine. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding High School teacher, athletic trainer recognized

  BELDING — The auditorium at Belding High School was full of surprises Friday afternoon. State Rep. Thomas Albert of the 86th District visited the school to bestow a state congressional special tribute to longtime teacher Dan Scholtens, much to Scholtens’ astonishment. The fun didn’t stop there. Longtime Athletic Trainer Heidi Wilker was called to [...]

Dumpsters for multi-family trash services, such as apartments, are part of the sealed bids proposals the Village of Sheridan is collecting. Granger, a Lansing-based trash and recycling collection, bought Sidney Sanitation in 2016 and has a contract for trash service in Sheridan until May. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Sheridan accepting trash collection bids

Village residents could see a change in trash service later this spring.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 28, 2017

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County borrows money to pay delinquent taxes

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday night to approve a borrowing resolution for 2016-2017 delinquent taxes.

The resolution was similar to action taken by commissioners last October to borrow no more than $2.6 million for the 2014-2015 delinquent tax revolving fund.

A new portage site located beneath the Franklin Street bridge will be completed this spring, allowing kayakers and canoeists an easier time of navigating past the former dam site on the Flat River. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Portage system will be under Franklin Street bridge

Kayakers and canoeist looking to enjoy trips down the Flat River this summer will now have an easier time of doing so. A change in elevation of the river at the Franklin Street bridge may make for a popular fishing hole, but the former dam site and artificial waterfalls make it impossible to traverse the river without portaging to dry land.

The Tri County Vikings competitive cheer team is heading to the state finals after placing in the top four of their regional tournament in Rockford Saturday. Last year, the team made it as far as the regionals. Prior to last year, Tri County made the state finals in back-to-back years. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County cheer team headed to state finals for third time in four years

The Tri County competitive cheer team is headed to the state finals this Saturday. The 18-member Vikings team clinched a spot in the eight-team Division 3 finals by finishing fourth in Saturday’s regionals at Rockford High School. The top four teams from that regional advanced to the state finals.