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ROUNDUPS: Prep scores from Tuesday, Jan. 14

Belding 45, Sparta 32: The Redskins overcame a five-point third quarter to beat the Spartans in an O-K Blue Conference matchup Tuesday night. Nick Price led Belding with 12 points and Garrett Strotheide and Kole Hart added 10 each…

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 15, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

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SHORT TAKES: We appreciate our local road crews

Weather like this reminds us of how much we appreciate the road crews of Greenville, Montcalm County, Belding and Ionia County and nearby areas. Heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures have posed considerable challenges to the people who keep our roads passable and our communities in business. If you’ve been reading The Daily News lately, you’ve read about the perils of their job, where stormy weather, darkness of night, unpredictable traffic comes to them often in the wee small hours of the morning.

Howard City Village President S. Michael Scott attended Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Law Enforcement & Courts Committee meeting to express his support of merging the Howard City Police Department into the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Proposed Howard City Police Department merger takes step forward

The proposed merger of the Howard City Police Department into the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office took another step forward Monday. The Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee unanimously voted to recommend the full board approve the merger.

Lakeview’s Myranda Lake (23) and Lexi Smythe (10) battle for a rebound surrounded by Central Montcalm players during the two teams’ game Monday night.

Lakeview girls control Central Montcalm

Two girls basketball teams going in opposite directions met at Cook Gymnasium Monday night. The result didn’t change the direction either team was going.

The Eureka Township Board discusses giving the Greenville Department of Public Safety the ability to recoup costs from township residents for fire runs on illegal burns, false alarms and more. Shown, from left, are trustees Brad Kelley and Elaine Pendrick, Treasurer Cindy Hanson and Supervisor Rodney Roy. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Eureka Township OKs plan that would let Greenville recoup public safety costs

The Eureka Township Board voted Monday to give the city of Greenville the ability to recoup costs for multiple false runs and damaged equipment from township residents.

Lakeview Middle School Principal Tim Erspamer explains to the school board efforts currently underway at the school to narrow the performance gap between the top and bottom 30 percent of students there. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview Middle School ‘narrowing the gap’ between students

There have been all sorts of academic improvements within Lakeview Community Schools in the past couple years. What was once an “at risk” school system now stands as an example of what modern education can be. But administrators there are not sitting on their laurels.

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ROUNDUPS: Prep scores from Monday, Jan. 13

Montabella 45, Ithaca 30: The Mustangs outscored the Yellowjackets 30-11 in the second half to pull off the nonconference win on Monday. Sarah Miller led the Mustangs with 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds…

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 14, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2014

Drivers with the Road Commission for Montcalm County enjoy many different aspects of being on the roads during the winter snow plow season. From the peaceful mornings to performing a duty, the drivers speak of the personal benefits each get from “pushing snow.” A snow covered road is shown from inside the cab of a snow plow driven by Jake Sias. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Road Commission for Montcalm County drivers find peace in a snow plow

It’s 4 a.m. and there isn’t a soul on the country roads of Montcalm County. The sun hasn’t yet risen. With a hot cup of coffee in his lap and only the dull scraping of his snow plow along the gravel road and the humming of the diesel engine in his ears, Yale Parker finds an unspeakable peace.