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Howard City Village President S. Michael Scott is stepping down after 40 years on the village council. He is the fourth generation of his family to serve on the council. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Retiring Howard City village president is a fourth generation public servant

A member of the Scott family has sat on the Howard City Village Council for four generations in a row — three times as village president. That notable feat ends tomorrow.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 19, 2014

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The snowfall created some slippery conditions on M-91 on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Early winter weather whacks West Michigan

Winter is no longer coming. It is here. The snow has been falling almost nonstop since Friday evening and it’s not going to stop until the end of the week, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service.

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Belding residents, city council reflect on message of positivity

The newest member of Belding City Council was officially sworn into office Tuesday evening, and he wasted little time, immediately going to work on city business. Dennis Cooper took his seat for the first time beside his four fellow council members after successfully defeating Joe Feuertstein in a recall election on Nov. 4.

“Without the oxygen bottle … we wouldn’t be able to go into a house full of smoke to save someone’s life or one of our own,” said Montcalm Township Fire Department Chief Clif Dickinson. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township allocates $10,300 for new clothes, air tanks

When it comes to protecting a firefighter’s life, sometimes it comes down to the piece of fabric between them and the fire. “Without the gear we wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” said Montcalm Township Fire Department Chief Clif Dickinson. “It’s life safety. You want (our gear) to work real well.”

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Robotics club approved for Belding Middle School

It’s no secret the efforts of students and coaches on the Belding High School robotics team have worked hard to refine the after-school club into a world class program. And now that program is extending its reach with a goal to draw younger students on board with a club that offers the excitement of designing and building robots while competing statewide.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 18, 2014

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The Howard City Village Council discusses how to hire a village manager at Monday night’s meeting, from left to right, retiring Village President S. Michael Scott, incoming village president Randy Heckman and council members Tom Harris and Janice Williams. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council to interview new batch of manager candidates

Three candidates have been interviewed and found wanting for this village’s manager position. The Howard City Village Council voted tonight to forgo three finalists and interview three new candidates.

Lakeview author Bethel Larsen, right, and illustrator Brenda Smith will be in Greenville from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 22 at Robbins Book List to sign copies of their new book, “The Box House.”  — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Imaginative play is theme for new book

In a world in which it seems every child’s activity comes replete with a screen of some sort, buttons to push and interconnectivity to thousands of other children looking at similar screens and pushing similar buttons, something important has gotten lost.

Cars drive over the new bridge over Main Street in downtown Belding on Sunday for the first time after five months of construction to replace the bridge. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s Main Street bridge complete after five months

The bridge linking residents to their groceries, restaurants and coveted goods and services in this town has been restored. Since June 23, the Main Street Bridge over the Flat River has been closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic as the deteriorating structure was rebuilt.