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Central Montcalm Public School showcases student achievements

The arts are alive and well at Central Montcalm Public School. So are athletics and academics, if Thursday evening’s event — held at the high and middle schools — is any indication.

Well over 1,000 parents, grandparents and other interested parties packed the schools for this year’s Central Montcalm Educational Showcase. Though the event highlights all aspects of school life, it is definitely “art-centric.”

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Crooks Potato Farms rebuilding after devastating New Year’s Eve fire

The Crooks families may have ended last year on a tragic note, but they are moving forward full of hope and ambition.

A New Year’s Eve fire destroyed six storage buildings and the contents within at one of Montcalm County’s largest potato farms on the last day of last year. Sixteen fire departments responded to the blaze at 5450 N. Musson Road. Smoke could be seen miles away from the farm, which is located about seven miles southwest of Edmore and nine miles northwest of Stanton.

Rebecca Grant, left, and Robin Grant stand with their collection box at Premier Automotive in Belding for RAVE’s “1 Thing Thursday” program. — Courtesy photo

‘1 Thing Thursday’ project collects one item for RAVE

When women and children in Ionia and Montcalm counties fleeing domestic or sexual violence don’t have a safe place to go, they turn to Relief After Violent Encounter — Ionia/Montcalm, Inc. (RAVE), which operates the only shelter for these victims in the two-county area.

Now RAVE is turning to the community to help stock its pantry shelves.

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Central Montcalm looking for football coach, again, as Beach resigns

You know how Mark Beach was going to be the new Central Montcalm varsity football coach after Marty James resigned? Scratch that. Beach resigned as varsity football coach when he accepted a three-year, $36,000 deal with a professional football league in the Detroit area. The deal included an undisclosed signing bonus.

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Funeral Notices for March 21, 2015

Read funeral notices for Saturday, March 21, 2015.

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Kelly Decker named Carson City Citizen of the Year

Years ago, as a kindergarten student, Kelly Decker came upon a fellow student who was often ignored, who no one cared to sit next to. Concerned for her, but unsure at a young age how to address the situation, Decker too refrained from sitting next to her lonely classmate.

In telling the tale to her mother, her mother asked of her, “How would you feel if you were that little girl?”

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Belding City Council approves new special events policy

Festivals, gatherings and celebrations in this community are expected to run more smoothly after a special events policy was approved by Belding City Council on Tuesday night.

Members of the council voted unanimously 5-0 to adopt a policy that will require the regulation of special events within the city.

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Breckenridge superintendent explains moving to MSAC

It’s official. Breckenridge will be moving to the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) along with Merrill. Breckenridge’s Board of Education voted on Monday night to switch its affiliation from the Tri-Valley Conference (TVC) West Division to the MSAC starting with the 2016-17 school year.

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Funeral Notices for March 20, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, March 20, 2015

On Tuesday, the Greenville City Council approved a motion to apply for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant for city skate park to replace the aging tennis courts and inline hockey rink of Veterans Memorial Park. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council wants mobile skate park, needs matching funds

On Tuesday, Greenville City Councilwoman Jeanne Cunliffe received something she has been waiting for nearly a quarter of a century. A skate park. After opening and closing a public hearing, the Greenville City Council approved a motion to apply for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Trust Fund grant to construct an official city skate park.