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The Belding High School Concert Band performs Sunday afternoon on the main stage in the new Belding Performing Arts Center at Belding High School during the annual Holiday Band Concert. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding bands premiere new performing arts center with concert

When visitors arrived to the reveal of the new Belding Performing Arts Center Sunday afternoon, an atmosphere of professionalism took hold of each and every child, student and adult as they placed their first steps into the vast 550-seat auditorium. People shuffled slowly to their armchairs, feeling the texture of the wooden handrails under their palms while staring in amazement at the giant suspended sound reflectors hanging from the ceiling.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 17, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

Central Montcalm’s Dakota James, front, and Byron Center’s Josh Lee are tangled up during their 152-pound match Saturday.

Carson City-Crystal places third at Stanton wrestling invite

After wrestling at the Central Montcalm Hornet Invitational Saturday, a pair of local wrestling teams came out near the top of the 10-team tournament. Carson City-Crystal was the highest-finishing local team, ending up third in the tournament. Central Montcalm was fifth after beating sixth-place Belding.

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ROUNDUP: Prep wrestling scores from Saturday, Dec. 15

Montabella second at own tourney: The Mustangs scored 184 points in the Mustang Round Robin tournament Saturday, which was good for second behind Chippewa Hills 284 but ahead of Sanford Meridian’s 171…

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PHOTO GALLERY: Candlestone celebrates 40 years in Belding

In the spring of 1972, the final touches of construction were finished on a restaurant-cocktail lounge with 25 adjoining hotel units on M-91 in the far northwest corner of the Belding city limits.
Now, more than 40 years later, that restaurant and adjoining hotel has flourished into an 18-hole golf course and resort on 255-acres of wooded land.

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Greenville teacher, coach Dick Diehl, 86, was blend of ‘humor and dignity’

Author Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” By Emerson’s scale, former Greenville High School (GHS) teacher and coach Dick Diehl lived quite well indeed. His passing Thursday, at age 86, leaves a hole in the lives of countless former students, friends, family and the community itself.

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Special prosecutor to investigate alleged incident at Montcalm County holiday party

A special prosecutor is in the process of investigating an alleged physical altercation between two Montcalm County employees at the Montcalm County holiday party last weekend.

Sheridan Village Superintendent Doug Lane surveys the village’s downtown main street, which, like many streets in the village, could use new curbs and gutters, as well as underlying infrastructure. Finding a knowledgeable grant writer to bring some funding dollars to the village might be a good idea, according to Lane.

Sheridan considers grant options for funding village projects

Members of the Sheridan Village Council are in the process of putting together a “wish list” of projects for the village. Some items on the list — such as work on the water tower and street improvements — are more pressing than others, however, they all share one thing in common: They cost money.

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Still undefeated: Greenville girls basketball hangs on to beat Lowell 44-34

Greenville’s girls basketball team continued its early-season roll. The Yellow Jackets used a second-quarter shutout to beat the Lowell Red Arrows 44-34 Friday night.

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Funeral notices — Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012

Funeral notices — Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012