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Weeklong Rivertown Bike Week Expo approved for Belding in 2014

A weeklong summer event expected to bring thousands of visitors, and with them, thousands of dollars for local businesses, will be coming to downtown Belding in 2014 after Belding City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the proposal for the first ever Rivertown Bike Week Expo. The weeklong event, an educational expo convention for motorcycle enthusiast, hosted by the event management and production company, Rivertown Bike Week, will be held from July 22 to July 27 next year.

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Greenville rescinds lawn bid from non-responsive company

The Greenville City Council made a change to a motion from its May 7 meeting and awarded a bid for a lawn mowing contract to a different business. During Tuesday’s meeting, City Manager George Bosanic recommended the council rescind a previous award of a bid for option two of the mowing contract of city property to Wolverine Landscaping Inc. of Stanton and award it to First Class Seasonal Solutions instead.

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Funeral Notices – May 23, 2013

Read funeral notices for Thursday, May 23, 2013.

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Pierson man drowns in Trufant

A Pierson man was found dead Wednesday night in Muskellunge Lake in Trufant.

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MAKING THE GRADE: Some education bills being considered require our response

For several weeks we have been discussing the history and philosophy of public education. Now it is time to put that information into practice. Some bills have been introduced in Lansing that merit response from the citizens that they will impact.

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Lakeview football hires Sean Rinehart as new coach

Lakeview football will be under new leadership this fall after Guenther Mittelstaedt was not brought back to coach for the 2013 season.

White Cloud’s Catie Will, middle, tries to tag out Lakeview’s Estelle Molitor, but drops the ball during the the first of a double-header between the two Central State Activities Association rivals Tuesday. Backing up Will is White Cloud’s Benzie Burt.

Lakeview girls force double-mercy vs. White Cloud in CSAA finale

Lakeview’s softball team closed out the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) part of its schedule with a bang. The Wildcats mercied the White Cloud Indians in both games of a doubleheader Tuesday, winning 12-2 in six innings in the first game and 11-1 in five innings in the nightcap.

Karen Bailey, Hair on Fire facilitator, talks with teachers Tuesday from Montcalm and Ionia counties who are participating in Hair on Fire. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Ionia and Montcalm county school districts collaborate to benefit students

Two counties are coming together to develop a student-focused system called Hair on Fire. School districts in Montcalm and Ionia counties are working on the program that focuses on the needs of students.

After struggling through middle school and early on in high school, Belding High School senior Jake Jones, 19, improved his grades dramatically and will now attend Davenport University after graduating from high school on Thursday. He threw discuss for four years on the Belding track team and played football, as well. — Daily News/Cory Smith

From failing freshman to college athlete, Belding senior turns life around

Jake Jones just didn’t care. He didn’t care about grades, he never studied and, as he admits, he assumed he could get through high school without applying himself beyond walking through the front door of the building.

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GUEST VIEW: Time to honor sacrifice of America’s heroes

We owe a great debt to the brave patriots who answered the nation’s call to defend our liberty. We enjoy the blessings of freedom today due to the selfless courage of America’s service men and women, many of whom protected our lives at the cost of their own.