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Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Winter weather and other disruptions

I am writing this column while my outside thermometer reads minus 8 degrees and although the sun is shining, I can see lots of snow outside my window. I am snug inside taking care of putting away Christmas decorations and generally tidying up the house. I actually love January weather because I have the luxury of staying indoors. Although I am getting some cleaning done, my first choice would be to curl up with a book and savor the quiet day.

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Townships, county partner to buy siren

Sometimes patience pays off … quite literally. In November, Montcalm Township officials approved the $10,900 purchase of a siren at a discounted price, but told themselves they would look into additional funding and more potential savings to purchase additional sirens in the future.

Standing water in the upper elementary section of Walnut Hills Elementary in Greenville is shown after a pipe froze and burst over the weekend. Superintendent Pete Haines said thanks to swift action by school maintenance staff and Brad’s Cleaners, a local company, the water was removed before any significant damage was done. The carpets were saved and the school, which also had several classrooms flooded, is ready for students to return.

Greenville school staffers make quick work of burst pipe

While students enjoyed their third straight snow day at home, officials at Greenville Public Schools can finally rest easy. Walnut Hills Elementary School is ready for students today after this week’s frigid temperatures caused a pipe to burst, flooding a section of the school.

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 9, 2014

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Regular blood drives to start in Belding

The Michigan Blood organization has its location, date and volunteers ready for an upcoming blood drive — now the nonprofit just needs the people of Belding to show their support.

Mayor John Hoppough, left, and Mayor Pro Tem Frances Schuleit were unanimously reappointed to their respective positions on the Greenville City Council on Tuesday during the council’s January organizational meeting. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville City Council again chooses Hoppough as mayor

Greenville Mayor John Hoppough will serve his third year as the city’s mayor. The council Tuesday unanimously voted him mayor for the 2014 calendar year. Hoppough was first elected mayor in January 2012, replacing Kenneth Snow, who had been mayor since 2007.

Firefighters from the Belding Fire Department responded to a structure fire Tuesday at 214 Elizabeth St. in Belding. Firefighters were able to contain the majority of the fire to the rear of the home and the second story. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Quick response from fire department saves ‘good portion’ of Belding home

Frieda Mosher and her boyfriend, Gene Gales, were sitting in their living room enjoying each other’s conversation Tuesday afternoon when their neighbor suddenly burst through their front door.

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 8, 2014

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Greenville junior Ethan Morris drives to the basket during a home game against Belding. The Yellow Jackets travel to Forest Hills Central for a makeup game tonight.

Offensive change leads Greenville to 4-0 start

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team started the season in December with an uncertain outlook for the year. Outside of knowing his team would work hard every night, Greenville coach Mark Haist didn’t know how a drastic change in offensive/defensive philosophy would translate into wins and losses.

A total of 29 children, along with their parents, spent Saturday morning at Big L Lumber in Greenville building their own wood duck nest boxes to take home. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Youngsters learn importance of conservation, build duck nests

Duck hunting season may be a long way off, but that didn’t quell the excitement of a group of children as they pieced together their very own wood duck nesting boxes. A total of 29 children, from as far south as Paw Paw and as north as Newaygo, spent their Saturday morning at Big L Lumber in Greenville where they were lectured on the importance of duck conservation.