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Students from Central Montcalm Upper Elementary School show off their ballroom dancing skills Thursday evening in the Central Montcalm High School gymnasium during the 39th annual Central Montcalm Education Showcase. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm Education Showcase spotlights students’ work, creativity

An exotic jungle halfway across the world, deep beneath the ocean, or in a hallway towering with pieces of artwork, a walk through the doors of the 39th annual Education Showcase at the Central Montcalm High School/Middle School Complex Thursday evening was a trip that offered endless opportunities for one’s imagination to wander. Featuring hundreds of projects created by students from preschool through 12th grade at Central Montcalm Public School, there was no end to the creativity and hard work displayed from the minds at work within the school district.

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Greenville’s ‘The Other Place’ robbed Thursday evening

When cook Cathy Patterson arrived for her morning shift at The Other Place bar and restaurant around 8:40 a.m. Friday, as she normally does as the first employee to arrive, she didn’t anticipate walking in through an opened and unlocked door. Patterson walked into the restaurant at 609 N. Lafayette St. only to find that the establishment had been broken into, with contents from the cash drawer and safe missing.

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Greenville vs. Eureka lawsuit moving forward

The lawsuit the city of Greenville filed against Eureka Township has begun to move forward. On Thursday afternoon, Greenville’s attorney Kenneth Lane and Eureka Township’s attorney Clifford Bloom met with 8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger in her chambers to put forth a scheduling order for the lawsuit.

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Funeral Notices for March 22, 2013

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Belding junior Nick Price, left, brings the ball up the court during the district boys basketball tournament this season.

Youth, depth held back Belding boys basketball

Belding’s boys basketball program had some growing pains to go through this season. It started with new coach Jeff Wierzbicki, who took over the program from Brian Babbitt. He put in a new system for the Redskins to digest.

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Lions Clubs make dream come true for wheelchair-bound boy

Shannan Kooistra and her husband, Josh, can’t help thinking of their 3-year-old son, Zade, as their “miracle” child. The rambunctious tyke, paralyzed from the hips down as a result of being born with myelomeningocele spina bifida, had undergone eight major surgeries before his second birthday. A shunt embedded in his brain carries excess spinal fluid from his head to his abdomen. And of course, he cannot walk. But these days, thanks to a coordinated effort by several area Lions Clubs, Zade zips around the Kooistra home with an ease he never could manage in a traditional wheelchair.

Raised flower beds in downtown Greenville, such as the one located near Huntington Bank on Lafayette Street, will be blooming and flourishing with new flowers and plants after Horrocks Nursery Farms Inc. of Ionia was selected to redo and design the flower beds. The project is expected to be completed by Memorial Day weekend in May. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Horrocks of Ionia to design Greenville’s flower beds

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) selected Horrocks Nursery Farms Inc. of Ionia to spruce up the downtown area. During a special meeting on Tuesday, the DDA selected the contractor to redo and design the flower beds on Lafayette Street in Greenville.

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Central Montcalm Public School to join early college program

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education on Wednesday approved an agreement for an early college program and accepted five retirement letters, including longtime administrator and current elementary school principal John Kearney. The board, after some discussion on the number of students to be allowed to try the early college program in its premiere year, voted 7-0 to approve an agreement with the Montcalm Area Intermediate School System in connection with the program at Montcalm Community College.

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Funeral Notices for March 21, 2013

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OUR VIEW: Senators working on immigration reform

The latest “Gang of Eight” senators just could be putting together the pieces for the breakthrough needed to relieve the nation’s long struggle with its immigration policies and practices.