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Belding schools narrow mascot choices to top 10

Suggestions from Belding Area Schools students, staff and community members are in and the top 10 choices for the new mascot have been chosen. The top 10 contenders for the next mascot in Belding are Bison, Bandits, Bruins, Buccaneers, Black Bears, Black Hawks (bird), Black Knights, Bengals, Pride and Lumberjacks.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 2, 2017

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Lakeview's David Bannen, middle, looks to go up for a shot between Chippewa Hills' Kurt Ray, left, and DeAngelo Lowery during the teams' game Tuesday night.

Lakeview comes from behind to beat Chippewa Hills, 44-34

Lakeview coach Pete Wurm knew his team was still in the boys basketball game despite being down at halftime. Wurm made the adjustments that worked, holding Chippewa Hills to just 12 points in the second half and taking a 44-34 win Tuesday night.

Edmore Planning Commission Chairman Rich Adgate, standing, talks about how updating the parks in Edmore could benefit the village during Monday night’s public input meeting. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Edmore to focus on Glenn D. Curtis Park improvements

From newlyweds to a home daycare owner to grandparents, more than a dozen Edmore-area residents voiced their wishes and concerns about the future of the parks in the village.

Edmore’s five-year Park and Recreation Plan is currently undergoing a 30-day public input period, which will end Feb. 13. The Edmore Planning Commission held a public input meeting Monday night to get feedback about what residents wanted.

Belding’s Alexa Syrjala, in the center of the front row, signed a letter of intent with Siena Heights University run in track and field and cross country for the Saints. Syrjala is surrounded by, from left, in front, sister, Hannah, 9, mother, Lynette Syrjala, and her father, Darin Syrjala; in back, sister, Larissa, 19, brother, Levi, 15, Belding coach John Carlson and Siena Heights coach Kirk Richards. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Belding’s Alexa Syrjala commits to Siena Heights for track and field

Alexa Syrjala has something to prove in her last year of running for Belding’s track and field. Despite making all-conference in cross country this past season, the senior wasn’t satisfied with how she did personally. And despite some health ailments that held her back, she strongly believes she can beat some of her personal records now. It’s this mentality and drive that attracted Siena Heights track and field coach Kirk Richards enough to recruit Syrjala to his program.

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.