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Central Montcalm's Austin Proctor hits a 3-pointer over Big Rapids players Friday. Proctor's team wore orange and white uniforms as part of the school's Orange Out event to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Martin’s 50 points lead Big Rapids over Central Montcalm

Demetri Martin showed why he may be the best basketball player in the state against Central Montcalm on Friday. The Big Rapids senior forward dropped a school single-game record 50 points to help his Cardinals (15-1 overall, 11-0 CSAA-Gold) earn a 83-45 win during Central Montcalm’s Orange Out event, which raises awareness of type 1 diabetes.

Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford looks to penetrate into Big Rapids’ defense during the second half of Friday’s game. Ledford finished with 10 points. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Battle of league’s overall lead goes to Big Rapids, beats Central Montcalm

For a moment, it looked as though Central Montcalm’s Orange Out event was going to include a great comeback victory Friday. However, the Cardinals of Big Rapids, who were tied for first in the overall standings of the Central States Activities Association with the Green Hornets before the game, proved too much in the end, securing a 52-42 victory.

From left, Otisco Township Clerk Lynda Sower, Treasurer Cara Johnson and Supervisor Joseph Daller discuss the Township Hall addition during a special meeting Thursday. The board voted 4-1 to cancel the addition. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Otisco Township Board votes down proposed hall addition

The heated debate surrounding a proposed Township Hall addition has come to an end.

The debate has gone on for nearly a year and has kept on through the election of a new township supervisor and a new township treasurer.

Michigan’s 70th District State Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, explained his decision not to ask the Michigan Attorney General’s Office for an opinion about whether election programming is a county clerk’s statutory duty in a Feb. 1 letter to Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel and Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Chairman Patrick Q. Carr. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Rep. Lower declines to request AG opinion about election programming

The decision of whether to pay a county clerk additional salary for election programming is back before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

In January, commissioners voted to seek a legal opinion from the Michigan Attorney General, with the assistance of 70th District State Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, regarding the question of whether election programming is a statutory duty for county clerks.


Funeral Notices for Feb. 18, 2017

Read funeral notices for Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

The Belding competitive cheer team includes, in front, Shae Pallick, Ebony Noland, Jaimie Cole and Jasmine Royce, second row, Lauren Barker, Karah Ring, Megan Couture, Julia Lacopelli and Kailey Heath, third row, Aly Kline, Paige Martin and Alexis McCarty, back row, coaches Rikki Venneman, Rachelle Stressman, Laney Klooster and Stacy Venneman. (Courtesy photo)

Belding competitive cheer team heads to districts

With its first conference championship in hand, Belding’s competitive cheer team is looking to continue rewriting the history books.

Carson City-Crystal coach Kacy Datema holds up the trophy of the Hesperia regional tournament after the Eagles defeated St. Louis and Hart Wednesday night. (Courtesy photos)

Aiden Adkins’ win clinches regional title for Carson City-Crystal wrestling

Every high school wrestler wants the chance Aiden Adkins got Wednesday night … and his results. The Hesperia regional team wrestling title came down to a 125-pound matchup between Carson City-Crystal’s Adkins and Hart’s James Vanderswag, and the Eagles sophomore didn’t disappoint.

Keegan Goetz, center, signs his letter of intent to play soccer for Northern Michigan University Tuesday. Pictured with him is his family, his brother, Wade, 9, Amanda, his mother, and Donald, his father. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greenville’s Keegan Goetz to play soccer at Northern Michigan University

Keegan Goetz is taking his soccer skills to the Upper Peninsula. The senior midfielder, who played soccer this year in Grand Rapids for Alliance Academy and SCOR in Rockford, signed a letter of intent to enroll at Northern Michigan University in Marquette Tuesday.


Tri County basketball players engage with Early Childhood youngsters

As the youngest sibling in her family, Julia Hauenstein hasn’t had much chance to be a “big sister.” However, on Wednesday, she did, at least for a little while. As many as 70 youngsters from Howard City’s Early Childhood Center, ranging from 3 to 4 years old, filed into the center’s Edge gymnasium and were greeted by several players from both the Tri County girls and boys basketball team Wednesday, an outreach event to introduce youngsters to engage in school activities, says co-coordinator Dave Princer, who broadcasts Vikings sports through Michigan Sports Radio.

John VerPlank, a civil engineer and project manager with Prein & Newhof of Grand Rapids, left, goes over detailed mapping of Greenville’s sanitary and stormwater systems Thursday as Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, center, and James Hegarty, a civil engineer and grants specialist with Prein & Newhof, listen. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Work continues on city’s sanitary and wastewater asset management plan

Within this city exist an intricate and complex labyrinth of pipes, dwelling beneath the surface and invisible to the naked eye. Stretching from corner to corner, the system is comprised of clay, concrete and PVC, aging in areas from just a few months to 80 years, carrying the contents of the community’s sanitary sewer and stormwater systems largely without notice.