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Discussing the themes of “Oedipus Rex,” such as power, revenge and lust, Greenville High School English teacher Elizabeth Gates engages her advanced placement literature and composition students in a riveting discussing of the age-old tale.

Greenville High School’s Elizabeth Gates nominated for Michigan Teacher of the Year

Elizabeth Gates is the type of English teacher everyone wished they had in school. Dedicated, dynamic and determined are only a few of the adjectives which describe her both in and out of her classroom.

Patrick O’Connell

Citizen cooperation, K9 key in catching Burger King robbery suspect

Patrick Michael O’Connell, 26, of Belding was arraigned Thursday for allegedly robbing the Burger King near Belding. With the help of citizen tips, the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office located a 28-year-old Ionia woman who had reportedly driven the car the suspect had used to flee the scene after allegedly robbing the restaurant Wednesday afternoon.

Jason Chrisman, owner of A Beautiful U beauty salon in Belding, recently opened another business in the Covered Village Mall, a tanning bed salon called Skin City Luxury Tanning. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

New Belding tanning salon a ‘community effort’

Sometimes, one man’s dream can become a vision that inspires an entire community. So it was when Jason Chrisman decided to open a tanning salon at the Covered Village Mall in Belding.

On Wednesday, the Eureka Township Planning Commission considered what to do about nonconforming properties with accessory buildings in the township. Pictured above is one of the four nonconforming properties with accessory buildings in Eureka Township. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Eureka Township Planning Commission discusses nonconforming property

The Eureka Charter Township Planning Commission wants township residents to become a bunch of conformists. At least when it comes to property.

Belding Planning Commission Chairman Gary Knowlton answers questions regarding the Zoning Board of Appeals during Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding OKs zoning candidate questions

This community’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is one step closer to retuning to a board led by a citizen effort instead of the city council. In a 3-2 vote at Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting, council members approved a prepared list of questions for each candidate of the ZBA to answer before the council makes a decision to appoint members to the board at the Feb. 3 council meeting.

At around noon on Friday, the Maple Valley Township Fire Department responded to a barn fire at 15404 Coral Drive. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Coral barn fire quickly suppressed

The Maple Valley Township Fire Department was quick in suppressing a barn fire on Friday. At about 11:45 a.m, the fire department responded to a call at 15404 Coral Drive. The four firefighters on scene pulled out of the driveway by 12:25 p.m. with the fire completely extinguished.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, Jan. 22

Lakeview 69, Hesperia 49: The Wildcats earned another win on Thursday. Nate Shurlow led the way with 22 points and nine rebounds. Caleb Ruvalcaba had an all-around game with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Central Montcalm senior Lane Ledford goes up for a shot during a game at home against Evart this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

SPORTS GALORE: Ledford stays positive, Hornets stay focused

Lane Ledford made a move he has done several hundred times in his basketball career. On Friday, the Central Montcalm senior drove to the basket, along the baseline. Colliding with a Chippewa Hills defender, Ledford fell to the court with his left arm extended.

Greenville senior and Central Michigan University football commit Steve Eipper during a practice in August. - File photo

Eipper still committed to CMU after Enos resigns

Dan Enos is moving on from Central Michigan University. Enos, the head coach for the Chippewas’ football program the past five seasons, resigned from the position on Thursday to accept the offensive coordinator position for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Patrick O'Connell

Citizen cooperation, K9 key in apprehending BK robbery suspect

Patrick Michael O’Connell, 26, of Belding was arraigned Thursday for allegedly robbing the Burger King near Belding. With the help of citizen tips, the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office located a 28-year-old Ionia woman who had reportedly driven the car the suspect had fled the scene in after allegedly robbing the restaurant Wednesday afternoon.