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OUR VIEW: Raines for Montcalm County drain commissioner

When it comes to electing a drain commissioner for Montcalm County, experience is key. Shane Jacobs, a Democrat from Howard City, is running against Sandy Raines, a Republican from Sidney Township, for the drain commissioner position the wake of longtime Drain Commissioner Donald Cooper’s pending retirement.

Future Soldier graduate Melissa Temerowski leads her fellow graduates in reciting the soldiers oath during a ceremony held Tuesday evening at the Greenville Area Community Center. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Program gives area students a jump start on military careers

In five days, Greenville resident Melissa Temerowski will be on a plane to South Carolina, where she will begin her basic training in the U.S. Army at Fort Jackson. Unlike many fresh recruits, however, Temerowski will be entering the service as a private first class, thanks to the Future Soldier program.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 31, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

Greenville’s Quinn Heyboer, left, and Kylee Moody get ready to return a serve during a match this season. The Yellow Jackets host Rockford tonight in the district semifinal.

Greenville ready for Rockford volleyball challenge

The Greenville Yellow Jackets volleyball team isn’t ready for its season to come to an end tonight. To continue their season, the Yellow Jackets (34-11-5) will have to defeat the defending Class A state champion Rockford Rams. This time the Yellow Jackets try for the win at home.

Belding’s Trevor Curtis (613) and Justin Belding (612) run in an early pack at the Division 2 cross country regional on Saturday. Both runners qualified for the D-2 state finals on Nov. 3.

Two Belding boys headed to state XC finals

Even though neither of Belding’s cross country teams qualified for the state finals, there were two boys who are going anyway. The Redskins finished sixth in boys in the Division 2 meet at Fish Creek Sportsman’s Club in Carson City Saturday. The girls were seventh.

A trio of Carson City-Crystal runners qualified for the Division 3 state finals on Saturday. From left, junior Elizabeth McCrackin, junior Tyler Craig and sophomore Kaitlyn Beyer will run in the finals at Michigan International Speedway.

Carson City-Crystal qualifies three runners for state finals

Three Carson City-Crystal cross country runners took advantage of running on their home course to qualify for the Division 3 state finals. On Saturday at the Fish Creek Sportsman’s, junior Tyler Craig, junior Elizabeth McCrackin and sophomore Kaitlyn Beyer each ran well enough to earn one more race this season for the Eagles.

Lakeview’s Keelie Outman, right, hits an attack past the attempted block of Belding’s Carrie Smith, left, and Brooke Linebaugh, center, during the teams’ district volleyball match Monday night.

Belding volleyball ousts Lakeview from playoffs

Belding’s volleyball team opened their Class B district volleyball tournament Monday with a win, but coach Mikayla Linebaugh knew it wasn’t going to be easy. The Redskins knocked off the Lakeview Wildcats in four games, 25-21, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23 to advance in the tournament.

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Fire destroys Ferris Township mobile home

Firefighters from Crystal Township and Richland Township battled a blaze at a mobile home for several hours early this morning, but the contents and home itself were a complete loss. According to Richland Township Fire Chief Calvin Callison, the fire was likely caused by a wood burning stove at the residence, located on Hillis Road in Ferris Township east of Crystal.

Guest View | Bill Barnwell

GUEST VIEW: Support your local sheriff

Many of you may remember in February, a millage proposal was on the ballot to help maintain sheriff patrols and ensure 24-hour coverage by sheriff deputies. The request was for 1 mill for five years, but was defeated by a slim margin of 120 votes. The request was due to budget cuts of $1.1 million from the county general fund budget.

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CC-C school board votes down renovation bid

Although the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education originally approved plans to add to restroom facilities to Carson City Elementary School, questions over the timing and the cost of the project have proved insurmountable at this time. The school board voted 6-1 on Wednesday to reject a bid for restroom renovations. Board President Tom Wilcox cast the lone dissenting vote.