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James Freed

GUEST VIEW: Pension and healthcare liabilities

It’s time for Lansing’s policymakers to take action on unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities—a new red-ink menace that threatens to swamp Michigan’s municipal budgets, overtaking critical taxpayer-funded services such as public safety.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 9, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

A sidewalk to nowhere was constructed in front of a newly built house on High Street in Belding. It was part of a requirement for new houses to have sidewalks to connect the property to others in the city. Property owners who make changes or improvements are expected to put in sidewalks where there are none as well. If passed by the Belding City Council, a new resolution would give the Planning Commission the authority to waive that requirement. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding City Council considers changing sidewalk ordinances

At the request of City Manager Bruce Brown, the Belding City Council took a consensus vote on a proposed resolution to alter some ordinances. During Tuesday evening’s regular meeting, the council was presented with two resolutions to alter two ordinances. The alterations would give the Planning Commission the ability to waive the sidewalk requirement for city residents and for subdivision developments.

Members of the Greenville City Council discuss the status of the Greenville Transportation System during Tuesday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville council secures funding for transit building

A new five-year master agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is now in the books, part of an effort to secure grant funding for the future. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously to approve the new plan with MDOT, which, according to City Manager George Bosanic, serves as a larger umbrella under which yearly grant request are submitted.

From right, Grand Rapids West Catholic’s Kateri Mills, Belding’s Astrid Aarestrup, Sparta’s Vanessa Hulbert and Belding’s Victoria Wittenbach finish in a line from second to fifth during the Redskins’ cross country meet at Lightning Bend Park Wednesday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Belding, Lakeview fall in shortened cross country meet

The heat index was 102 degrees when Belding and Lakeview met Sparta and Grand Rapids West Catholic in a cross country meet Wednesday.

That was the reason the meet was shortened from 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) to 3,200 meters (two miles).

Greenville’s Noah Day serves as tennis doubles teammate Jeremy Stowitts looks on during Greenville’s match with Cedar Springs. Day and Stowitts were able to get the team’s only point, as Greenville lost 7-1 during Wednesday’s matches at Greenville. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Despite being short-handed, Greenville tennis team stays focused, keeps fighting

Jeremy Stowitts and Noah Gager know that every match they play is going to be a unique challenge, because they’ll be behind as soon as they step on the court.

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys tennis team is four players short of a full roster, which means they automatically lose two points overall to a team with a full roster of 12 players.

Belding Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones presented Denny Craycraft of Belding with the Good Neighbor Award on Tuesday for his tireless work in constructing a Vietnam War Memorial. The second phase of the memorial was dedicated in a ceremony Friday. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Craycraft receives Good Neighbor award

Just a few days after the second phase of a six phase Vietnam War Memorial was dedicated, the monument’s mastermind was given the Belding Good Neighbor award. Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones presented Denny Craycraft with the award during Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting.

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IN BRIEF: MAISD approves hires and resignations

The new school year is underway for the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District and the board of education is approving lots of new hires.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 8, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

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IN BRIEF: Belding school board begins mascot discussion

Discussions about the Belding Redskins mascot have officially started within the community.