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Belding school board approves piano purchase, farming trip

A new auditorium continues to take shape at Belding High School, and although it is facing a few delays until it can be opened for students and the public, that isn’t stopping the music and theater department from preparing for performances at the new facility. At Monday night’s school board meeting at the Belding Area Schools Administration Building, board members approved the purchase of a grand piano for the new auditorium, which was originally scheduled to open this month but has been delayed into November.

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Carson City-Crystal homecoming court

CARSON CITY — Meet the members of Carson City-Crystal Area Schools homecoming court, including the new king and queen.

Stephen Matthews

Man arrested for alleged car theft, meth lab, armed robbery

A convicted sex offender and alleged armed robber has been apprehended more than a month after allegedly stealing a car and turning it into a meth lab. Stephen Michael Matthews II, 27, of Greenville, was arraigned Monday in 64B District Court in Stanton. He is charged with two felonies — operating/maintaining a meth lab and failure to comply with sex offender reporting duties.

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AP prep football rankings

The top 10 teams in the Associated Press high school football poll, with records in parentheses. Totals are based on 10 points for a first-place vote, 9 for second, etc. The Michigan High School Athletic Association has determined playoff qualifiers in eight divisions based on enrollment. The divisions in this poll are unofficial.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 16, 2012

Read funeral notices for Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012.

Belding freshman Christopher Ornelas fires an indirect kick at the Comstock Park goal. Panthers keeper Miguel Nava leaps high to make the save near the crossbar.

Comstock Park outlasts Belding in district soccer

For every pass there was a takeaway. For every shot there was a save. That was the story of the Division 3 district soccer game between the Belding Redskins and Comstock Park Panthers on Monday night. For more than 44 minutes, the score was knotted at zero and the Redskins had upset on their minds.

Central Montcalm’s Michaela Crooks taps the ball over the net during a match this season.

Clare eliminates Central Montcalm from own tournament

Central Montcalm’s volleyball team couldn’t seem to find a way to beat the Clare Eagles Saturday. The Green Hornets lost twice to the Eagles at Central’s volleyball tournament, with the second coming in the semifinals 25-14, 17-25, 15-12.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s officials investigated the scene of a fatal barn fire this morning in Bushnell Township just south of Sheridan. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Body found in aftermath of Sheridan barn fire

A body was located inside a building after a barn fire early this morning just south of the village of Sheridan. The Sheridan Community Fire Department responded to the fire at 2:34 a.m. to 6681 S. Sheridan Road (M-66) north of Sessions Road.

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Questions arise over Carson City-Crystal school project cost

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education members are questioning the timing and cost of a restroom addition to the south pod of Carson City Elementary School. The issue arose at Monday night’s school board meeting. The school board originally approved $150,000 for a small renovation to the elementary school’s south pod. However, Tony Leininger, owner of CARMI Design Group in Edwardsburg which arranged the bidding process, came to the board with bids more than $260,000.

Kevin Murphy

Chilly conditions at CC-C Middle School/High School

Carson City-Crystal Middle School/High School has been a cool place to learn lately — and not in a good way. Superintendent Kevin Murphy informed school board members at Monday night’s meeting that heat problems recently arose during a conversion project from steam to hot water in the two buildings. There is currently no heat in either building. Murphy hopes the issue will be resolved by Oct. 22.