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The Greater Greenville Transportation Committee began its 2014 campaign rehashing some of its short-term and long-term goals, trying to focus its efforts back to its core goals. Committee members said because of declining membership the committee would shift its goals to those it can impact the most. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville transportation committee sets goals for 2014

The Greater Greenville Transportation Committee began its 2014 campaign by rehashing some of its short-term and long-term goals, trying to focus its efforts back to its core goals. Although attendance at Wednesday’s meeting, which occurs once a quarter, was higher than it has been in the past, committee members said because of declining membership the committee would shift its goals to those it can impact the most.

From left to right, Al and Louie Adkins of Mud Lake Community Church in Sheridan, Doris Elliott of Carson City United Methodist Church, Grazina Giroux of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carson City and Dale Dennis of Carson City United Methodist Church are all volunteers for the Carson City Area Food Pantry, which is based at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carson City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Carson City food pantry and pregnancy services offer help to community

As the national economy remains in an uncertain state and people struggle to find work and pay the bills, local food and baby pantries quietly continue to operate, offering a critical service to the community.

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CC-Crystal clinches CMAC wrestling title

The Carson City-Crystal wrestling team has picked up another piece of hardware. The Eagles won the regular-season Central Michigan Athletic Conference wrestling title Wednesday night with wins over Montabella and Laingsburg. The Mustangs went down 54-24, then the Wolfpack fell 49-22.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Jan. 22

Greenville 78, Grand Rapids West Catholic 4: The Yellow Jackets remained undefeated in the O-K Bronze with a win over the Falcons on Wednesday night…

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Public hearing set for Monday to debate property tax increase

Monday afternoon’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting will feature a public hearing about a controversial economic development proposal. And the commissioner who has been the most vocal advocate of the property tax increase no longer thinks the proposal has enough support from his fellow commissioners to be approved.

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 23, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore discusses the topic of Belding’s trial four-day work week for city employees Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding four-day work week extended another six months

The six-month experiment of a four-day work week for city employees in Belding is here to stay — at least for another six months. At Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting, City Manager Meg Mullendore requested that council members approve the four-day work week as a “permanent structure” Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, right, and Councilman Lloyd Scoby review a map of a rezoning request made to the city. The rezoning plan will set up part of the city  — essentially a one-block area surrounding the downtown — for upstairs apartments above retail stores, while also placing design standards for new commercial buildings. That area was previously zoned C-1, or neighborhood commercial and will now fall under mixed use development. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville City Council OKs zoning changes

The Greenville City Council on Monday approved two zoning changes that will allow for additional uses in certain areas as outlined in the 2012 Master Plan. Council unanimously adopted a rezoning plan, which will set up part of the city — essentially a one-block area surrounding the downtown — for upstairs apartments above retail stores, while also placing design standards for new commercial buildings. That area was previously zoned C-1, or neighborhood commercial and will now fall under a mixed use development (MUD).

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SHORT TAKES: It’s about time to take the plunge

Is your skin feeling dry and itchy from too much confinement indoors from the inordinate winterizing we’re enduring this year? Why not fight back, go wild, and step up to this winter’s Polar Plunge challenge. It’s at Turk Lake this year, at 3 p.m. on Feb. 8. The Turk Lake Tavern and Bar will be hosting the event to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

Smyrna Bible Church Pastor Mike Jones, back left, is pictured last summer with his family, from left; back row, Telson and Blessing; middle row, Azariah, Aletheia, Talitha and wife Tina; and in front Isabella. Mike Jones died suddenly Sunday at his home at age 46. — Courtesy photo

Community mourns death of Belding pastor

The final slide of what would have been Pastor Mike Jones’ sermon Sunday morning asked his congregation one question: “What does my faith tell the world?”