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Belding approves SMASH disc golf park

With warmer weather tends to comes more plentiful outdoor activities to enjoy, and disc golfing is no exception. And it will only be a matter of weeks now before residents of Belding and avid disc golfers from across the state will be able to enjoy a new nine-hole course at Lightning Bend Park after members of Belding City Council voted unanimously 5-0 on Tuesday evening to approve the construction of SMASH Park.

Relief After Violent Encounter (RAVE) Ionia/Montcalm Executive Director Erin Roberts, center, addressed a group of just over a dozen concerned area citizens at a candlelight vigil Tuesday evening at Heritage Park in Greenville. The event was held to highlight the fact that April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

RAVE sponsors ‘Take Back the Night’

The “Take Back the Night” event was held to highlight the fact that April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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Greenville assistant city manager takes job in Plainfield Township

Greenville’s assistant city manager will be taking on a new role as manager of Plainfield Township. Cameron Van Wyngarden announced Tuesday during the Greenville City Council meeting he accepted the position after reaching a contract agreement Monday night with the Plainfield Township Board.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: We need to talk about EAA

If you are following the news about education legislation, you have no doubt heard about EAA. EAA stands for Education Achievement Authority. It began as a partnership between Eastern Michigan University and the Detroit schools as a means of implementing legislation to help improve schools that have been identified as failing students. The stated mission is: To transform traditional public schooling and provide a prototype for 21st century teaching and learning.

Court-appointed attorney Duff Chadwick, right, speaks on behalf of Cynthia Stewart-Matzen Tuesday before Judge David Hoort at the Ionia County Courthouse. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding woman accused of arson, ruled not indigent

A Belding woman who has been accused of committing arson in 2010 was back in court Tuesday in an attempt to prove she is indigent and cannot pay for court expenses and her court-appointed attorney. After testimony from attorneys and two recesses, 8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge David Hoort ruled that Cynthia Stewart-Matzen is not indigent and does not qualify for a court-appointed attorney.

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Coral man shot and killed in Colorado

A Coral man was shot and killed under strange circumstances late Monday night in Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo. According to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Joshua Lee Stevens, 32, was fatally shot at the home of a female deputy district attorney and her husband, a sheriff’s deputy.

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OUR VIEW: No simple answers to fracking debate

Hydraulic fracturing — “fracking,” by its more common name — is a complex issue posing complex questions. Sadly, there are too many voices on both sides offering up only simple answers. The oil and gas industry would like us to believe the practice is 100 percent safe, 100 percent necessary and 100 percent American in the best sense of that word. They tell us there has never been any hard evidence fracking has caused any sort of environmental harm to humans, animal life or the flora immediately surrounding fracking sites.

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Extension of Yellow Jacket Drive to start soon

Spring-like weather is here and construction on extending Yellow Jacket Drive is about to take place. However, some changes are being made to the plan that allows the city of Greenville to be reimbursed for engineering costs, while Montcalm Community College will pay a little more.

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Funeral Notices for April 3, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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Funeral Notices for April 2, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, April 2, 2013