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EZ Mart zoning request approved

No one ever expected so much MUD to be slung during a Greenville City Council meeting … except the Planning Commission, that is.
During Tuesday night’s meeting, the City Council acted on a Planning Commission recommendation to approve amendments to the Mixed Use District (MUD) zoning ordinance. The amendments were made as a direct result of an expansion project at the site of the EZ Mart Mobil gas station.

Belding High School seniors and triplets, from left Danielle Rode, Harley Rode and MacKenzie Rode, will be graduating today near the top of their class after spending the past four years of high school together, bonded together by their closeness for one another. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Triplets showcase embodiment of family atmosphere at Belding High School

From fairytales to Hollywood movies, there’s a saying some writers and directors abide by called “the rule of three.” Some suggest it implies that when things are grouped together in threes, the results are bound to be more humorous, satisfying and effective. It’s also a principle that the Rode sisters, while maybe not intentionally, have been proving true since they were all born just four minutes apart. Mark and Wendy Rode welcomed their triplets into the world 18 years ago. Today, Harley, Danielle and MacKenzie will be graduating from Belding High School with a pedigree of accomplishments that would make any parent proud.


JUST IN: MAISD officially accepts superintendent’s resignation

Among the announcements of resignations and retirements at Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s (MAISD) regular board meeting this morning was the official resignation of outgoing superintendent, Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht.

The board approved his resignation, which is effective June 30. Koenigsknecht has accepted a position with the Ingham County ISD.

Last year's Miss Sheridan Springfest Alexis Bannister, at left, is pictured with this year's candidates Lindsey Olge, Hailey Olger and Kelly Olger, front. The pageant is 7 p.m. tonight at the Sheridan VFW. — Courtesy photo

Springfest returns to Sheridan for Memorial Day weekend

This village’s annual Springfest is returning with a combination of popular favorites and new events. The Memorial Day festival will kick off with a pageant at 7 p.m. tonight at the VFW Hall. Candidates are Lindsey Olger, Hailey Olger and Kelly Olger.


Central Montcalm school board considers certificates for CI students

One day after graduating its class of 2015, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education turned its focus on to the next school year. On Monday night, the school board discussed issuance of certificates of completion and next school year’s budget. Rather than receiving a diploma for graduating, students who have severe cognitive learning impairments often receive a certificate of completion, Superintendent Amy Meinhardt explained.

The taxable development area of Belding’s downtown, pictured, will now shrink with the approval of a new tax increment financing plan, however, the borders of the Downtown Development Authority in which funds can be spent will remain the same. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Belding moves to keep Downtown Development Authority alive

The physical downtown structure of Belding has changed dramatically over time, but now a change is coming in the form of its overall area and boundaries. During a public hearing at Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting, members of City Council listened as the details of an amendment to the development plan and tax increment financing plan for the city’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) were outlined during a public hearing.

This pick-up truck was involved in an accident this afternoon in front of Jorgi's Marketplace on the north side of Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

UPDATE: Gowen man injured in M-91 accident on north side of Greenville

The Michigan State Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred at 2:40 p.m. Thursday on M-91 south of Wise Road.

The accident occurred in front of Jorgi’s Marketplace at 6403 S. Greenville Road (M-91).


Funeral Notices for May 21, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Tri County graduating senior known for talent on the trumpet

The trumpet is neither a shy nor reluctant instrument. Its clear call is designed to bring to attention anyone within earshot. Maybe that’s why Katherine “Katie” Lindsey picked it up in the sixth grade. Now, on the eve of her high school graduation, she’s leaving a local legacy as Tri County’s premier trumpeter.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, outlines the Republican House plan designed to fund Michigan roads during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rep. Outman defends Republican House road funding proposal

On the heels of this month’s failure at the ballot box to approve Proposal 1, lawmakers are now scrambling for a plan B to secure funding for Michigan’s crumbling roads and infrastructure. Just one week after the proposal was voted down — by 80 percent to 20 percent — a Republican plan was announced May 14, designed to fix roads without a tax increase.