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Funeral Notices for Dec. 20

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Robbins Book List manager Kevin Powell, right, says local businesses can offer customers personalized services unavailable online or at big box stores. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Local shopping offers personal touch, knowledgeable advice

Online retailers would have you believe that the perfect shopping experience is just a mouse click away. Sure, shopping online is easy; there are no lines, no slogs through snowy streets, no parking issues. But that’s only half the story.

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Greenville receives annual financial report, shows positive trends

It’s the end of the year and the city of Greenville just got its end-of-the-year financial report card, which showcased mostly positive marks. During the last regular meeting of 2014, the Greenville City Council heard the city’s annual financial report for the fiscal year. Joe Verlin of Gabridge and Co. gave the report for the fiscal year of June 30, 2013, to June 30, 2014.

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Belding council members argue over resolution regarding city attorney

An argument over who has the power to request the city attorney be present at Belding City Council meetings has led to the passing of a new resolution. However, that act has raised concern from a number of residents and some council members.

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Lakeview opens season with 3 straight wins

The Lakeview Wildcats boys basketball team had a season to remember a year ago. Typically, topping a season with that much success — 20 wins and and a district title — would be a definite challenge. At 3-0 this season, the Wildcats are optimistic and confident they can do just that.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 19, 2014

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Members and supports of the Belding Education Association stand together in applause Monday to show support for a “fair contract” between the school district and union members. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Board of Education cites budget restraints in lack of raises

Contract disputes are never fun … especially when they drag out. After nearly six months of negotiations, a contract between Belding Area Schools and the Belding Education Association (BEA) remains stagnant after two failed tentative agreements.

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How much should elected officials earn? Montcalm County board debating whether to fund wage study

A proposal to conduct a compensation study for elected county officials has stalled … again. The issue originally arose last August when Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard requested an $8,000 salary increase based on how her duties have changed since she first took office in 1998.

Carson City-Crystal’s Mikayla Duflo gets ready to shoot a three-pointer during last season’s Class C regional final against St. Louis. - File photo

CC-Crystal girls basketball off to 5-0 start

There seems to be no slowing down the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team. Led by potential all-state sharpshooter Mikayla Duflo, the Eagles are off to a perfect 5-0 start this season after Tuesday’s 54-12 win over Lansing Christian. Duflo led the Eagles with 22 points (on six three-pointers) and six assists. Maddi Weese added 15 points and five rebounds in the win.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Dec. 17

MONTABELLA WINS TWO: The Mustangs went to Ovid-Elsie and won their two meets Wednesday night. They opened with a 36-36 tie with the host Marauders, but won on the ninth tie-breaker, which is most near-falls. Montabella then beat Hemlock 48-36…