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Belding Planning Commission Chairman Gary Knowlton answers questions regarding the Zoning Board of Appeals during Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding OKs zoning candidate questions

This community’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is one step closer to retuning to a board led by a citizen effort instead of the city council. In a 3-2 vote at Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting, council members approved a prepared list of questions for each candidate of the ZBA to answer before the council makes a decision to appoint members to the board at the Feb. 3 council meeting.

At around noon on Friday, the Maple Valley Township Fire Department responded to a barn fire at 15404 Coral Drive. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Coral barn fire quickly suppressed

The Maple Valley Township Fire Department was quick in suppressing a barn fire on Friday. At about 11:45 a.m, the fire department responded to a call at 15404 Coral Drive. The four firefighters on scene pulled out of the driveway by 12:25 p.m. with the fire completely extinguished.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, Jan. 22

Lakeview 69, Hesperia 49: The Wildcats earned another win on Thursday. Nate Shurlow led the way with 22 points and nine rebounds. Caleb Ruvalcaba had an all-around game with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Central Montcalm senior Lane Ledford goes up for a shot during a game at home against Evart this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

SPORTS GALORE: Ledford stays positive, Hornets stay focused

Lane Ledford made a move he has done several hundred times in his basketball career. On Friday, the Central Montcalm senior drove to the basket, along the baseline. Colliding with a Chippewa Hills defender, Ledford fell to the court with his left arm extended.

Greenville senior and Central Michigan University football commit Steve Eipper during a practice in August. - File photo

Eipper still committed to CMU after Enos resigns

Dan Enos is moving on from Central Michigan University. Enos, the head coach for the Chippewas’ football program the past five seasons, resigned from the position on Thursday to accept the offensive coordinator position for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Patrick O'Connell

Citizen cooperation, K9 key in apprehending BK robbery suspect

Patrick Michael O’Connell, 26, of Belding was arraigned Thursday for allegedly robbing the Burger King near Belding. With the help of citizen tips, the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office located a 28-year-old Ionia woman who had reportedly driven the car the suspect had fled the scene in after allegedly robbing the restaurant Wednesday afternoon.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 23, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Judy Emmons

Gov. Snyder’s speech inspires GOP

Gov. Rick Snyder gave another one of his patented “relentlessly positive” speeches Tuesday during his State of the State address. The speech showcased what Snyder saw as highlights of Michigan’s past year, as well as introduced several new proposals, which inspired his own party.

Rep. John Moolenaar

Rep. Moolenaar: Obama delivers mixed messages

President Barack Obama took a straightforward approach to his State of the Union address Tuesday, declaring the end of a recession and two wars and the start of more jobs and health insurance … and victoriously taking credit for all of the above.

Greenville City Councilman Lloyd Scoby reviews the Hathaway Green Planned Unit Development site plan as Greenville City Manager George Bosanic explains it to the council. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council approves ordinance for Hathaway PUD

It has been quite the dance as this city performed its “procedural choreography” over the Hathaway Green Planned Unit Development (PUD). But the finale is almost here.