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New Belding Labor Day Celebration Committee established, hits ground running

After a hiatus of several months, with no group or single individual available to represent the largest and longest running festival in the city of Belding, the Belding Labor Day Celebration Committee has officially reformed. After the previous committee disbanded toward the end of 2012, a search for new members was put into motion. That search lasted several months, with several members of the Belding community eventually coming forward looking for ways to contribute to the festival.

Equipment that will be used in the demolition of the silk mill building, Gibson buildings and Belding Clock Tower, began arriving on site Monday, with more equipment expected to arrive throughout next week until demolition of the buildings begins on March 11. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Demolition of Belding Gibson buildings, clock tower to begin March 11

More than three months ago, the wheels were set into motion on the demolition of the Belding Clock Tower and surrounding silk mill and Gibson Buildings. Now, physical evidence of the demolition process is beginning to emerge as city officials in Belding have been notified that buildings will begin coming down starting the week of March 11.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 28, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

Greenville’s Leah Somerfield goes up for a basket during Wednesday’s Class A district semifinal at Forest Hills Northern. Somerfield scored 11 points in the 43-24 win over the host Huskies.

Defense leads Greenville district title game

For the second time in as many meetings, the Greenville Yellow Jackets held the Forest Hills Northern Huskies scoreless in the third quarter. This time, though, the Yellow Jackets would not allow a fourth quarter victory rally.

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Central Montcalm’s season ends at Alma district

Central Montcalm’s girls basketball season came to an end compliments of the Shpeherd Bluejays Wednesday. The Green Hornets lost in the Class B district semifinals to Shepherd 60-41.

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Lakeview downed in district semifinal

The hot shooting that Lakeview’s girls basketball team had in the first game of the Class B district final at Alma Monday disappeared in stretches Wednesday. The offense came back in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough in a 65-58 loss.

The Montcalm County 4-H Association will receive a $20,000 grant to help build a dairy barn on its property. If enough funds are raised, the goal will be to have the barn built by the 2013 fair. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Montcalm County 4-H Fair Association to receive $20,000 grant

The Montcalm County 4-H Fair Association will receive a $20,000 grant for a 4-H livestock barn. The grant, which was announced by Rep. Rick Outman and Sen. Judy Emmons, is part of the County Fairs Capital Improvement Program that provides Michigan’s county fairs with funds for enhancements.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: The complicated world of technology

When I talk about technology, I often joke that I am from the generation that remembers when phones were black and attached to the wall, and the dishwasher was me or my brother. It is amazing how much change took place in the 20th century. Within that 100-year span, electricity, automobiles, airplanes, telephones, microwaves and televisions are only a few things that became new common items in most households. Parenthetically I have to ask, what country was responsible for most of these changes? Hold that thought.

Guest View | Victoria Simon

GUEST VIEW: Tip your hat for choice in public education

Football players strap on helmets, Jewish men put on yarmulkes, chefs wear tall white hats, cowboys don their Stetsons and hard hats protect construction workers. Hats serve many different purposes including completing specific tasks and cultural symbolism. Most of the time I don’t wear a hat at all during my everyday activities.

Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen of Montcalm Township, left, explains details of the drafted version of the revised Montcalm County General Plan to fellow county commissioners Monday afternoon at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County General Plan draft approved for distribution

Described as a “foundation stone” to help lead to a new future, the Montcalm County General Plan has moved one step closer to being revised and reimplemented with a goal to provide policy that guides decision making for future land and infrastructure development within Montcalm County. Montcalm County Commissioners voted Monday to approve the distribution of the Montcalm County General Plan in draft format to receive comments on the proposed changes.