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Students in Diane Kuhn’s class at Belding Middle School say their daily affirmations for positive thinking Thursday morning. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Middle School students focus on acts of kindness

’Tis the season for caring and there is no shortage of good deeds at Belding Middle School. Students in Diane Kuhn’s sixth grade class have spent the last 12 school days trying to rack up as many good deeds and kind acts as they could before holiday break, which kicks off on Wednesday.

Central Montcalm senior Emaleigh Taylor, middle, signs a letter of intent to play softball with the Calvin College Knights Tuesday. She is surrounded by her family and coaches, in front, her father and mother, Randy and Angie Taylor and, in back, from left, junior varsity softball coach Eric McKay, assistant varsity softball coaches Mike Studley and Shad Morgan and head coach Bruce Nicholson. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm’s Emaleigh Taylor signs with Calvin to play softball

For the past couple years, Emaleigh Taylor has been knocking out home runs at Central Montcalm steadily. Now she hopes to continue doing the same for the Calvin College Knights at the Division III level.

Greenville’s Calvin Syrjala, bottom right, signs his letter of intent to play for Grand Rapids Community College while looking on are his mother Carrie, bottom left, father Derek, top left, and Greenville baseball coach Corey Kohler, top right. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville’s Syrjala signs to play baseball for Grand Rapids Community College

Calvin Syrjala was getting looked at by a couple of Division 1 college baseball teams. Instead, Syrjala decided community college is the way to go, signing a letter of intent last week to play for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

The site of the old Carnation milk condensery building, on the northeast corner of S. Sheridan (M-66) and E. Condensery, currently sits empty but could see development sometime next year. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Old Carnation property in Sheridan nears development

Residents of Sheridan may see another transformation of the old Carnation milk condensery site next year. Kathy Jo VanderLaan, who is Montcalm County’s business development coordinator with The Right Place, said the grant is two steps away from being closed out.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 20, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016


IN BRIEF: Belding board votes to change the school mascot

After months of hearing from members of the community and outsiders to the community, the Belding Board of Education came to a decision about the Redskins mascot Monday evening.


IN BRIEF: Howard City Village Council looks to 2017

he Howard City Village Council dealt with the final business of the year in a drama-free 29-minute meeting Monday night.


IN BRIEF: Montcalm County BOC hosts final meeting of the year

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners took action on multiple agenda items during their last regular meeting of 2016.

Belding’s David Ross, right, battles Carson City-Crystal’s Taylor Wilson in the 171-pound match Saturday. Ross won the match.

Though less teams than expected, competition still at high level at Belding wrestling invitational

There weren’t as many teams as expected that showed up at Belding’s wrestling invitational Saturday, however, there was no lack of the level of competition. Lowell’s B team went 5-0 in what turned out to be a round robin tournament, owing to five teams unable to show up because of Friday night’s snow storm. That left five other teams competing on the day.

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Four area fire departments now installing smoke detectors for free

Teaming up with the American Red Cross, four local fire departments are on a mission to ensure all its residents have working smoke detectors. Montcalm Township, Belvidere Township, Maple Valley Township and Lakeview District fire departments have agreed to install smoke detectors provided by the American Red Cross in their residents’ homes.