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MAISD looks at upcoming budget highs and lows

Thanks to a $2.6 million special education millage passed by voters last year, recent changes to the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) have been mostly positive.

During a June 26 budget hearing, the MAISD Board of Education approved a 2015-2016 appropriation resolutions for the budget adoption for general, special education and career technical education funds. The MAISD is expected to borrow $1.5 million from the state to balance the special education fund and $200,000 from the state to balance the general fund.

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Crystal Township celebrates Independence Day

As the sun crept its way past the horizon beyond the borders of Crystal Lake on Saturday evening, the night sky became anything but dark. The light show that illuminated the sky overhead from a constant barrage of fireworks was equally bright reflecting upon the lake’s surface.

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Funeral Notices for July 6, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, July 6, 2015

Belding’s Aaden Quinn rounds third base during a game at home against Carson City-Crystal this season. - Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Belding baseball had up and down year

Belding’s baseball team was good and bad this season, according to coach Mike Ostrander. Calling the season “up and down,” Ostrander saw the Redskins get to a 13-19-2 record overall, but just 3-12 in the O-K Blue Conference.

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Lakeview baseball struggles with youth

Lakeview’s varsity baseball team was young. At times that may have hurt the Wildcats. They finished the season 8-21-1 overall and 6-14 in the Central State Activities Association Silver Division. That was good for fourth in the conference.

Stanton city officials hope to have a new downtown clock, similar to one installed this past year in the village of Sheridan, installed by August or September. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton’s new clock on the way

This city’s new downtown clock will be in position outside the Chemical Bank building on Main Street a month or two sooner than organizers anticipated, thanks to a fundraising campaign and community support that exceeded expectations.

Commissioners in Stanton recently decided to have the Department of Public Works take on the responsibility of sidewalk repair and maintenance citywide. City Manager Jake Eckholm said he expects it will take about two years to get all the sidewalks up to code. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

City Commission takes on repairing and maintaining Stanton’s sidewalks

City residents fond of traveling on foot are soon going to have things a little easier, thanks to a recent decision on the part of the Stanton City Commission. According to Stanton City Manager Jake Eckholm, commissioners decided last week to take on the responsibility of repairing and maintaining the city’s sidewalks. The topic had come up at previous commission meetings and had been discussed by concerned citizens as well as commissioners.

Greenville Public Schools Board of Education Secretary Ronald Billmeier, left, and Treasurer James Anderson, discuss the purchase of 10 propane-fueled buses for the district during a special board meeting Monday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville schools to buy 10 propane buses

When the upcoming school year begins for students at Greenville Public Schools, several of those who are transported by bus may notice something different. During a special Board of Education meeting Monday evening, board members voted 5-1, with Treasurer James Anderson opposed and Trustee John Raven absent, to approve the purchase of 10 propane-fueled buses for the district’s fleet of 29 buses.

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UPDATE: Montcalm County child dies from meningitis

The Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD) has been informed of the death of a 1-year-old Montcalm County child. The death is believed to be caused from complications of haemophilus influenza type b meningitis.

Greenville’s Faith Thornton, left, and Jillian Fidler, middle, chase a runner from Cedar Springs during a home meet. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville girls had good track season

Greenville’s girls track team came close to winning the O-K Bronze Conference this season. The Yellow Jackets went 5-2 overall in dual meets and 3-2 in the conference this season. That was good for coach Sharon Gianacakos.