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JUST IN: Belding council approves 2015-2016 budget, reviews potential DDA changes

With the conclusion of a public hearing Tuesday evening, members of Belding City Council have approved the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget.

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JUST IN: Greenville City Council discusses MUD, bid awards

GREENVILLE — It was all about MUD slinging at the Greenville City Council meeting on Tuesday. During the meeting, the city council hosted a public hearing concerning amendments to the Mixed Use District (MUD) zoning ordinance. The amendments basically allow gas stations in the MUD zone under a special land use permit. Upon hearing no [...]

Construction has already begun at 311 Charlotte St. in Edmore, however, the denial of a variance request by the Zoning Board of Appeals for property owner Lawrence Kauffman means he must keep within the village’s ordinances in building a pole barn on the property. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore Village Council denies property owner’s pole barn request

A property owner’s variance request that would have allowed a pole barn to be built closer to the edge of his property has been voted down after residents expressed their concerns. At the May 11 Edmore Village Council meeting, the council, which also serves as the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), entered into a public hearing to discuss a variance request from Lawrence Kauffman for his vacant property at 311 Charlotte St., where he is building a new home.

Roots music and dance will be the focus of an upcoming weeklong camp at the Wheatland Music Organization’s grounds in Remus. The camp includes camping, food, showers, workshops and concerts. — Courtesy photo

Wheatland Music Organization offers music and dance camp

There are few groups more dedicated to preserving and promoting the “roots arts” than is the Wheatland Music Organization. For decades, Wheatland has presented concerts, classes, workshops and — during the first week of September each year — what has become the state’s premier outdoor roots music and arts festival.

Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman delivers a pitch in game one of a doubleheader against Carson City-Crystal on Monday. The Hornets won the game 2-1 and went on to win game two 11-0. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm edges CC-Crystal in pitchers duel

Strong pitching and defense in baseball should be good enough for a team to win more times than not. On an extremely windy Monday afternoon, both the Central Montcalm Hornets and Carson City-Crystal Eagles displayed strong pitching and defense. One team, though, had to lose.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Monday, May 18

Vestaburg splits with Farwell: The Wolverines were on the road Monday and came away with one win and one loss. Game one went to Farwell, 15-5. Tyler McGarvey took the loss. Mitch Sellers, Alex Steed and Jaren Smith each had two hits. Vestaburg won game two, 6-5…

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34 area athletes qualify for track state finals

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) track and field regional meets were good to area athletes on Friday and Saturday. In all, 34 athletes from area schools qualified in their respective divisions for the MHSAA state finals on May 30.

Greenville’s Reece Burden delivers a pitch during the Belding Invitational against the Redskins Saturday. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Redskins 3-0. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Greenville wins Belding baseball invitational

Greenville’s baseball team was almost perfect Saturday. The Yellow Jackets won both of their games at the Belding Invitational Saturday, winning without giving up a single run.

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ED GILBERT: Support your fishin’ sheriff

I was fishing one of my favorites spots this past week when a sheriff’s patrol car pulled up nearby and an officer stepped up to ask if I had a license. They can do that, you know. It doesn’t always have to be a conservation officer that asks a fisherman for his license.

Lakeview’s Jordan Hart, right, kicks the ball away as Tri County’s Savannah Wilson closes in during the teams’ game Friday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Tri County beats Lakeview in soccer

Both Lakeview’s and Tri County’s girls soccer coaches said the same thing after their teams played each other Friday. They both said it was a good game.