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Montabella’s Ashley Swarts looks to make a pass during a home game against Belding this season. Swarts earned AP Class C honorable mention this year. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Montabella girls ‘did some things no one expected’

Montabella’s girls basketball team finished third in the Mid-State Activities Conference, but it was the surprises that caught coach Terry Larsen’s eyes. The Mustangs were 9-12 this season, a season Larsen said he thought “went very well.”

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Funeral Notices for March 31, 2015

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Petra Mark sparkled like a diamond in the satin gown she modeled at this year’s Catwalk for a Cause fashion show in Sheridan. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

New grassroots training program New Beginnings to help special needs youth

Even in an age many would consider “enlightened,” special needs children and young adults too often find themselves marginalized, shunted to the sidelines by a society that doesn’t quite know what to do with them.

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Belding girls take 1st to open track season

The Belding Redskins girls track team started the 2014-2015 track season with a first place finish. Competing at the Striders Invite at Aquinas College, the Redskins beat out 16 teams with 69 points on Thursday. Allendale was second with 54 and Bath third with 51.5 points.

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Funeral Notices for March 30, 2015

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Two mobile homes in Montcalm Township destroyed after burn barrel fire rekindles Saturday

A rekindling of a “burn barrel” fire may be to blame for a blaze Saturday that spread to two neighboring mobile homes.

Remnants of a farmhouse on Bailey Road in Winfield Township continue to smolder Sunday morning after a destructive fire Saturday night. (Daily News | Elisabeth Waldon)

2 houses destroyed in fires in Howard City

Five local fire departments stayed busy from Saturday night into Sunday morning battling two separate fires which ended up destroying two residences near Howard City.

The Ionia Montcalm Secure and Friendly Environment Child Advocacy Center opened Thursday with a goal to simplify the interviewing process for child abuse cases. (Cory Smith | Daily News)

Ionia Montcalm Secure and Friendly Environment Child Advocacy Center opens

On Thursday, a collaborative effort consisting of both the Montcalm and Ionia prosecutor’s offices, sheriff’s offices, state police, various city police agencies, Department of Human Services (DHS), Child Protective Services (CPS), Community Mental Health, Area Mental Health Therapists, and several medical personnel, resulted in the opening of the Ionia Montcalm Secure and Friendly Environment (IMSAFE) Child Advocacy Center (CAC).

City of Greenville Planning Commission Chairman David Ralph, Vice Chairman Mike Gustin and Greenville City Councilwoman Jeanne Cunliffe review the final site plan for the Crescent View Village portion of the Hathaway Green Planned Unit Development (PUD) on Thursday. (Brad Klosner | Daily News)

Hathaway’s Planned Unit Development final site plan approved

It has been a long time in the coming, but it is final over. On Thursday, the city of Greenville Planning Commission approved the final site plan for the Crescent View Village portion of the Hathaway Green Planned Unit Development (PUD).

Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire the a vent leading to a wood stove inside the building of 57 Brew Pub & Bistro in Greenville early Friday evening. The fire was successfully extinguished with no injuries reported. (Bruce Bentley | Daily News)

Friday night 57 Brew Pub and Bistro fire quickly suppressed

Sitting in 57 Brew Pub and Bistro, Karen and Larry Carbonelli heard an unnerving sound a little before 6 p.m. on Saturday evening.