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William Tingley, owner of Tingley & Associates in Stanton, does contracted remonumentation work for Gratiot and Montcalm counties. Here he looks at the tag of an ancient shot gun, which was once used as a survey marker at an Evergreen Township location. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County remonumentation project 60 percent complete

Twenty years ago, a major surveying project got underway in Montcalm County. The Montcalm Remonumentation Program was part of a statewide effort starting in 1993 with the goal of preserving history, protecting cadastral surveys (maps showing boundaries or property lines) and promoting professional surveying practices, according to William Tingley of Tingley & Associates, a land surveying and engineering service in Stanton. Tingley has a contract for the remonumentation of Gratiot and Montcalm counties.

Duck Lake, located in Crystal Township, will undergo treatments this year from two separate environmental consultants after members of the Duck Lake Improvement Board approved contracts with Restorative Lake Sciences of Spring Lake and S&R Environmental Consulting of St. Charles. — Courtesy photo

Duck Lake Improvement Board hires environmental consultants

The Duck Lake Improvement Board is starting off the new year by looking at Duck Lake differently than any other lake board in Montcalm County and board members are hoping their new approach pays off.

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Funeral Notices Jan. 18, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014

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Combining Greenville rec department and community center saves dividends

Physically it was just a move upstairs, but in actuality the combining of the Greenville Recreation Department and the Greenville Area Community Center under one office was far more than that. In an effort to reduce costs and increase convenience, the city decided to move the recreation department from the basement of the community centers to the main level and combine the two staffs.

A house fire in the basement at 933 S. Franklin St. in Greenville on Thursday morning was quickly extinguished by firefighters, preventing the fire from doing damage to the rest of the house. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Quick response, smart thinking saves Greenville home from basement fire

A quick response by firefighters and smart thinking by three children helped in stopping a basement fire from spreading through a Greenville home Thursday morning.

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COGG takes a look back at its own history

It’s been more than two decades since the founding of the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG), and the group Thursday sat down to look back at what the community has accomplished while looking forward at more future plans.

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Brotherly partnership takes over The Phenix in Edmore

Two brothers have been looking to get into the restaurant business for several years. Jason Wieber, 34, and Justin Wieber, 29, finally found their calling in a century-old bar and restaurant in northeast Montcalm County. The Wiebers are in the process of purchasing The Phenix at 413 E. Main St. in Edmore from Travis Jensen.

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Funeral Notices – Jan. 17, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Our public schools — whose schools are they?

I borrowed the question in the headline for today’s column from an article I read recently. The beginning of a new calendar year seems like an appropriate time to raise this question. For the past year this column has been dedicated to informing parents and all citizens about issues impacting the public schools. In this space today, I want to share some information that can be used as we communicate with policy makers in Lansing and Washington, D.C.

Guest View | Judy Emmons

GUEST VIEW: Ending human trafficking begins with awareness

Theresa Flores travels across the country in her effort to free all women and children from the nightmare of human trafficking. She is also a survivor. When I’m asked to put a face on the problem in Michigan, I think of Theresa. She was forced into sex trafficking in high school while living in a prominent Southeast Michigan community.