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Belding’s Todd Haller takes a swing during a game last year. Haller is a senior for the Redskins this season, which is scheduled to start April 9 at Coopersville.

Belding ready for start of baseball season

The Belding Redskins baseball team is ready to begin the season. They just need the weather to cooperate. Following a season with a near .500 record (16-17-1), the Redskins return eight letterwinners and plenty of expectations

Carolyn Tubbs, left, and Mary Vusich attended Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting in Stanton to voice concern about their neighbor’s property in Richland Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Richland Township neighbors ask county officials to demolish condemned farm

Donald Beach’s neighbors have had enough. Carolyn Tubbs and Mary Vusich appeared at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to see if there is anything the county government can do to help them.

A crowd attending the monthly Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College listens Monday afternoon as Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, discuss a bill concerning the Education Achievement Authority. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons talk about Education Achievement Authority

A controversial bill that died before appearing before the state House of Representatives or state Senate in December has emerged with new life after passing before the House last Thursday. The establishment of the Education Achievement Authority (EAA), which is defined in House Bill 4269, was approved by the House in a narrow 57-53 vote. The bill must pass in the Senate and be signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in order to become a law.

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Belding City Council OKs contract with new manager

Members of the Belding City Council officially accepted a city manager contract with Margaret “Meg” Mullendore on Monday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. In a unanimous vote, council members approved the two-year contract at the special meeting.

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Funeral Notices for March 26, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for March 26, 2013

Montabella’s Sarah Miller delivers a pitch during a game last season. Miller suffered a season ending hand injury a year ago, but is healthy to start this year.

Montabella softball looks for improved season

It was a difficult year in 2012 for the Montabella Mustangs softball program. The Mustangs struggled to an 8-28 season, which was filled with inexperience to begin with and coupled with multiple injuries to key players.

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Driver arrested after high-speed chase in Belding

A driver was arrested after stealing a vehicle and leading police on a high-speed chase through Ionia and Kent counties.

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Carson Health moves forward with helicopter pad plans

The plans for a helicopter pad at Carson Health are in the architectural stage as hospital officials move forward toward a spring construction date. In January, the Carson City Council approved the sale of the old water tower property to the hospital at a price of $20,000, which was $12,000 less than the appraised value.

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CC-C declines participation in early college program

The Carson City-Crystal Area SchoolsBoard of Education is choosing not to participate in an early college program offered by Montcalm Community College. “We decided to hold off on participating in the early college program,” Superintendent Kevin Murphy said. “With less funding coming from the state level and tightening our budget, it just isn’t financially feasible for us to participate.”

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, shows off an original election pin from his 1978 election campaign, which was gifted to him Saturday evening at the 8th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner hosted by the Montcalm County Democrats at the VFW Hall in Sheridan. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Sen. Levin visits, thanks Montcalm County for more than 30 years of support

Sen. Carl Levin may have had one of his busier weekends in Washington, D.C., in recent memory, but that didn’t stop him from making a scheduled stop in Montcalm County Saturday evening. After a 13-hour process resulting in the first formal United States budget proposal in four years finally ended at 5 a.m. Saturday, Levin boarded a plane and flew back to Michigan with his sights on the VFW Hall in Sheridan for the eighth annual Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner, hosted by the Montcalm County Democrats.