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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, April 17

Lakeview, Vestaburg split: The Wildcats opened the season with a win and a loss against the Wolverines Thursday, losing the first game 3-2 on a bases-loaded walk, but winning the second game 4-2…

Belding’s Ryan Rich waits for the ball at first base against Coopersville on Thursday at home. The Redskins split their first doubleheader of the season against the Broncos.

Belding opens season with split vs. Coopersville

Belding softball coach Mikayla Linebaugh noted how her Redskins should have had a few games under their belts by now. “The toughest thing is it was our first time out,” she said. “We should have had seven or eight ball games in by now.”


FUNERAL NOTICES — Friday, April 18, 2014

Funeral notices for Friday, April 18, 2014

The Edmore Chamber of Commerce recently purchased the former Webb Field from Montabella Community Schools for $20,000. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore Chamber purchases former Montabella football field

A property that’s been part of Edmore school history for six decades has a new owner.

The former Webb football field was recently purchased from Montabella Community Schools by the Edmore Chamber of Commerce.

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Edmore Village Council declines to remove unsafe playground equipment

The majority of the Edmore Village Council is refusing to remove unsafe playground equipment from the Glenn D. Curtis Memorial Park, despite pleas and warnings from the village manager. Village Manager Neil Rankin recently surveyed the park at 307 E. Forrest St. and found several playground items to be dangerous. At Monday’s village council meeting, he presented the council with photographs and a detailed report of the unsafe conditions.


Edmore and Maxfields reach loan repayment agreement

The Maxfield siblings have reached an agreement with this village regarding a long-overdue economic development loan.

Tony Maxfield and his sister, Shari, own the Averyville Acres partnership. The Edmore Economic Loan Fund Development Committee and Edmore Village Council granted the partnership a $200,000 loan in 2000 to build Maxfield’s Inn in Edmore. The committee also granted a $20,000 loan to the partnership in 2002 and a $77,000 loan to the partnership in 2006.


Montcalm County commissioners challenge conservation district officials

Last month, Montcalm Conservation District officials requested $15,000 from the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to help the conservation district’s looming budget deficit.

This month, commissioners agreed to help conservation district officials — and to issue them a challenge.

Guest View | Rick Outman

GUEST VIEW: Boosting environment, energy independence

For several decades, fuel prices in the United States have fluctuated. The Arab oil embargo of the 1970s demonstrated that we have become far too dependent on oil from other nations, and often those other nations are not our friends. Today we have many different sources of foreign oil, but the market is still affected by our nation’s relations with some of those countries.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: The power of our participation in elections

The column this week is taking a little different twist. However, I believe it is consistent with the mission I have tried to stay with in the year that I have been writing it.

Greenville’s Ally Berry, left, races the 100-meter dash during Wednesday’s O-K Bronze track meet against Northview. Ally won the 100 and three other events for the Yellow Jackets.

Yellow Jackets begin track season with a pair of wins

The sun was shining, but the temperatures were chilly and the wind was a little much at times. Still, the Greenville Yellow Jackets boys and girls track teams finally opened the season on Wednesday night at Yellow Jacket Stadium. They did so with a pair of dominating wins over O-K Bronze rival Northview.