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Belding freshman Peyton Mount drives to the basket on Friday night. Mount finished with 12 points.

Belding girls hold on with free throws

Basketball games can be won and lost at the free throw line. On Friday night, it was free throws that allowed the Belding Redskins to notch their sixth victory of the season.

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ROUNDUP: Prep basketball scores from Jan. 4

Fulton 52, CC-Crystal 40: The Eagles lost their third straight game on Friday at home against the Pirates. Fulton outscored the Eagles 16-10 in the final quarter for the win. Mitchell Schneider led CC-Crystal with 13 points…

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SPORTS GALORE: Not much hope for an end to lockout

There was some optimism early this week that the nonsense called the NHL lockout would be coming to the end. After all, the NHL owners actually submitted a proposal, which included some amendments from previous “going through the motion” offers. That was late last week.

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Interim supervisor takes over in Eureka Township

The new interim supervisor for Eureka Township officially took over the position on Tuesday. At the Dec. 10 township board meeting, newly re-elected Supervisor Laura Shears told the board she was taking a leave of absence and recommended appointing Rod Roy to take her place.

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Greenville’s Handy Market robbery still unsolved

After one month of investigating the Handy Market robbery in Greenville, there are still no suspects in the case.

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Belding City Council chickens out on fowl ordinance

After months of deliberation during several Belding Planning Commission meetings, it appears the subject on the keeping of urban chickens within city limits is over. Belding City Council members voted down an ordinance amendment Wednesday evening that would have allowed chickens in residentially zoned districts. In a 4-1 vote against the amendment, with Councilman Joe Feuerstein voting in favor, the keeping of chickens in Belding will continue to be illegal within city limits.

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Ionia County Central Services building proposed

The wheels are just beginning to turn, but events have been put into motion in the initial stages of constructing a new central services building for Ionia County. During an Ionia County Board of Commissioners meeting on Dec. 17, commissioners approved a recommendation from the facilities committee to authorize the spending of up to $10,000 for the service of a facilities planner.

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Crystal Township talks fire barn addition

The Crystal Township Board held a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss construction for a proposed addition to the fire barn. Fire Chief Lonny Fitzpatrick and Assistant Fire Chief Scott Brundage discussed the plans they had in mind for the addition.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Ice fishing on Baldwin Lake

Although the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has yet to declare the midwestern region of Michigan safe for ice fishing, it is recommended that those who do choose to venture in the sport do so on shallow areas of lakes. It is recommended that natural ice should be at least 4 inches thick before walking on it.

Michael Carigon is the volunteer of the month for December for United Way in Ionia and Montcalm counties. Carigon serves Montcalm-Ionia MRC, Ionia County CERT, the American Red Cross and more. — Courtesy photo

United Way honors first volunteer of the month

Volunteer Connections Montcalm-Ionia counties and United Way Montcalm-Ionia announces its new Volunteer of the Month program.