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Marina Rupp hits a backhand for the Greenville Yellow Jackets. Rupp played No. 1 singles, but graduated last year.

Greenville tennis looking for improvement

When will the rain go away? The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls tennis team is waiting for an answer, as is every other area sports team. While waiting, though, the Yellow Jackets are practicing and hoping to use their offseason momentum for success this spring.

Demolition crews are making quick work of the original Gibson buildings and silk mill building located at the corner of Bridge and Main streets in Belding. One third of the original building constructed in 1901 has already been removed from the site, as of this photo taken Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding man seeks to form committee to rebuild clock tower

Last November, just two weeks before resigning from Belding City Council, Jon Bunce gave an emotional statement at the end of a meeting declaring, “I will fight on to have the clock tower saved.” Five months later, and the Belding clock tower is quickly becoming one of the last remaining structures to remain on the 4-acre site at the corner of Main and Bridge streets. The tower will inevitably come down, there is no stopping that, but Bunce says now that he is no longer on the city council, he will dedicate time and effort to forming an official committee with the interest of collecting money and rebuilding the clock tower at a future date.

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Edmore Masons and Order of the Eastern Star seeking new members

The Masons are the oldest fraternal organization in the world. The first Grand Lodge was established in London in 1717, but its history goes back much further. In recent years, however, membership has not only fallen off for the Masons — as well as its sister organization, the Order of the Eastern Star — it has grown progressively older. According to Carolyn Kane, who is helping spearhead a membership drive for both organizations in Edmore, neither group is seeing the “new blood” they once did.

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STEM camp designed to intrigue middle school students

A program being brought to the area through a collaboration has hopes of inspiring middle-school students to stay engaged in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) has worked with the Ionia County Intermediate School District (ICISD) to host a STEM camp for local sixth-graders.

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MAISD eliminates special education supervisor position

Because of program and budget cuts, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education made the decision to eliminate a staff position. During Wednesday’s meeting, MAISD Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht told the board that because of the economy, the reduction has to take place.

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Montcalm Township to improve roads

The Montcalm Township Board has been keeping a close eye on its budget to save money to improve the roads. This year, it paid off. Supervisor Michael Adams said the township has saved enough money to have $175,000 to improve the some of the roads throughout the township.

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Funeral Notices – April 11, 2013

Read funeral notices for Thursday, April 11, 2013.

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Newaygo County man kills wife, son and self

West Michigan authorities say a man killed his wife and adult son before fatally shooting himself. The Newaygo County sheriff’s department says the body of 59-year-old Charles Mark Hoover was found Wednesday night inside the family’s home in Lilley Township, about 55 miles north of Grand Rapids. Investigators say he shot to death his wife Marcia and their son, who also was named Charles.

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Edmore water and sewer rates to increase

Residents of Edmore will soon see a slight jump in their water and sewer rates, adding about $2.59 per quarter to their water bill. The increase was set to go up automatically to keep pace with the consumer price index, which rose 1.7 percent during the past year. According to Village Manager Karl Kluwe, the incremental increases are designed to prevent sudden, larger spikes in Edmore water bills.

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Montcalm County Emergency Services to sell rescue vehicle

Montcalm County Emergency Services is in the process of selling its old Rescue 21 vehicle. According to Emergency Services Deputy Director Eric Smith, two bids were received for the 1999 Ford F350.