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JUST IN: Belding City Council selects Bruce Brown as interim city manager

Bruce Brown is no stranger to the profession of managing cities, and now he is expected to bring his knowledge of the industry to this community.

Montcalm Area Career Center instructor Merry Kim Meyers, pictured working with her students and a live goat in her classroom on Friday, is one of 19 finalists for Michigan Teacher of The Year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MACC instructor is finalist for Michigan Teacher of the Year

Nicole Cooley’s day doesn’t begin with the rest of her high school peers. It starts much earlier, around 1 a.m. when the Vestaburg High School sophomore delivers newspapers. After about several hours of delivering, she returns to her grandparents’ home, knowing her efforts are helping her sick grandfather who can no longer deliver newspapers himself. Then she goes to the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) to begin her school day. As she walks through the door, sometimes yawning, there is not much that can wake or excite the 17-year-old student … until she enters the classroom of Merry Kim Meyers.

Who’s who? Carson City-Crystal twins Dillen, left, and Darren Decker are both looking to win an individual state championship, while leading the Eagles back to Battle Creek for the team state finals. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Decker twins are state championship contenders

Darren and Dillen Decker are two of a kind … literally. The Carson City-Crystal duo are identical twins. To the untrained eye, it’s basically a 50/50 guess figuring out who’s who.

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Montabella gridders, Taylor HM academic all-state

Montabella’s football team was named an honorable mention academic all-state by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association. Along with the team designation, Pete Taylor also was named honorable mention academic all-state individually.

The Greenville City Council recently approved a motion to privatize snow removal from sidewalks when residents are in violation of the city’s ordinance. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council hires contractor to clear sidewalks

With winter’s icy breath still blowing, this city is looking for ways to ensure clear sidewalks. At the Feb. 3 Greenville City Council meeting, the council approved a motion to privatize snow removal from sidewalks when residents are in violation of the city ordinance. The city will hire Jensen Lawn Care of Greenville to remove the snow at a cost of $65 per hour.

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THE REVIEW: Guido Knudson ready for Lakeland

When you hear the words, “Pour then, winter, with your damp; storm and freeze outside. Drive your light flakes around in front of my closed windows,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? Believe it or not, the writer wasn’t channeling a typical Michigan winter day.

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VIDEO: Turk Lake Polar Plunge raises money for Special Olympics

Leaping into 33-degree water on a cold February afternoon takes the type of courage gladiators would find hard to muster. But the 130 participants of the 2015 Turk Lake Polar Plunge did not bat an eye as they plunged into the depths of Turk Lake on Saturday.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 10, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

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JUST IN: Lakeview Village Council leaning toward snow removal

Issues with snow removal was once again a topic of discussion at Lakeview Village Council’s regular meeting Monday evening.

Tri County’s Nick McGhan goes for a pin against Chippewa Hills’ Kaden Ellis during the 112-pound championship match at the CSAA tournament on Saturday. McGhan earned the fall at 5:31. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

14 area wrestlers place at CSAA tournament

Three area wrestling teams wrapped up the regular season on Saturday at the Central State Activities Association tournament at Tri County. In all, 14 wrestlers from Central Montcalm, Lakeview and Tri County placed in the top four. Tri County led the way with eight individual placers, while Lakeview and Central Montcalm each had three.