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New policy in Belding favors local businesses

Should local businesses receive preferential treatment when it comes to being selected for city projects and purchases? That’s the question the Belding City Council was wrestling with at Tuesday’s meeting. City Manager Bruce Brown presented the council with a proposed ordinance that would lend, in most situations, favored status to city businesses.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County commissioners recommend granting dog kennel appeal

After two failed motions, the third time was the charm for an appeal for a county dog kennel license this morning.

Dawn Thurwachter of Edmore appeared before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Law Enforcement & Courts Committee along with her attorney, Matthew Anderson of Wixom, to appeal a denial of a dog kennel license by Montcalm County Animal Control officials.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 10, 2015

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Potatoes were the focus of the annual Montcalm Field Day in Douglass Township on Thursday, hosted by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission and Michigan State University Ag Bio Research. Topics included late blight, as two potato fields in Montcalm County have been found to have the fungus disease so far this summer. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Potato late blight found in 2 fields in Montcalm County

A summer of cool temps and lots of rain has led to favorable conditions for unfavorable potatoes. Late blight, which can also affect tomatoes, is caused by a fungus which can infect and destroy the leaves, stems, spores and tubers of potato plants.

A group of farmers and other agricultural industry officials prepare for a wagon tour of local farms in the Douglass Township area on Thursday as part of the annual Montcalm Field Day event hosted by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission and Michigan State University Ag Bio Research. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm Field Day focuses on potatoes

Potatoes had their day in the sun Thursday during Montcalm Field Day in rural Montcalm County. Hosted by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission and Michigan State University, the day began with a gathering of more than 50 people in the potato industry at Douglass Township Hall.

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Plans for dog park in Belding move forward

Life may soon be getting better for some of the city’s four-legged residents, thanks to an initiative to create a dog park somewhere within the municipality.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 8, 2015

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Students enrolled in the Montcalm Area Career Center’s cosmetology program give and receive services from each other as they learn the procedures during their first year. Pictured at left is Janelle Rons of Vestaburg performing a manicure on Nadia Braafhart of Greenville. The longstanding cosmetology program partnered by the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District and Montcalm Community College will be discontinued after this year due to state and federal funding regulations that have changed financial aid qualifications for cosmetology students. — Courtesy photo

MAISD’s cosmetology program falls victim to state, federal regulations

Due to state and federal changes that have affected financial aid for several college and college-bound students, the cosmetology program through the Montcalm Area Intermediate Schools (MAISD) Career Technical Education (CTE) Center will be discontinued after this year.

The Belding City Council tabled a vote on a proposed ethics ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting as some council members were worried the ordinance as currently written is too vague. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belding’s ethics ordinance goes back to drawing board

Ethics, and whether they should be enforced via official ordinance, was the topic of discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Belding City Council. City Manager Bruce Brown explained the ordinance under consideration would help “promote transparency and civility” within city government. The ordinance, he said, is similar to similar ordinances that have been adopted by other municipalities across the state.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 6, 2015

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