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More than two dozen people attended Monday's Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, which included a public hearing about a proposed property tax increase to fund the Montcalm Alliance. — Daily News/Cory Smith

County commissioners decline to vote on Montcalm Alliance millage

Many people have voiced opinions about a proposed economic development millage, but in the end it was silence that made the decision. After a 39-minute public hearing Monday afternoon, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners declined to vote on a property tax increase to fund the Montcalm Alliance using Michigan’s Public Act 88, which would bypass a vote of the people.

Steve DeWitt

Howard City Police Department merger OK’d; DeWitt resigns from commission

In a historic move, the Howard City Police Department will merge with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office. And the village’s police chief will become a county sheriff’s deputy.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 28, 2014

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OUR VIEW: Unfinished business

We’ve been keeping an eye on several local items of unfinished business.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Do we really understand what is involved in educating students?

I believe that one of the challenges facing educators and those supporting the public schools today is that there is really not a lot of understanding about education today. Most of us went to school. For some of us that was a long time ago. Some of us, like me, attended large city or suburban schools. Others may have attended smaller or very small country schools. There are probably a few who recall one room schoolhouses.

George Raimer of Saranac, right, and George Trowbridge of Belding, left, bike over an old railway trestle on the undeveloped Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail east of Smyrna on fat tire bikes last Friday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fat tire biking is a growing trend in winter months

With the many inches of snow and bitterly cold temperatures that accompany the winter months in Michigan, a different world of activities opens itself up for exploration. Ice fishing, snowmobiling, sledding, skiing, tubing … cycling?


Funeral Notices for Jan. 27, 2014

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Greenville's Will Parmelee goes for a pin during a match this season.

Greenville’s Ward, Parmelee prepping for postseason run

Winning goes hand-in-hand with the Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling program. The Yellow Jackets have won eight consecutive district titles, four straight regional titles and won the schools only state championship in 2008. Individually, Greenville consistently produces district, regional and state champions, as well.


ED GILBERT: Fishing for ‘dumb’ trout

I know it’s ice fishing time, and it’s also time to do some winter stream fishing for trout or salmon. Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m getting to the age where sitting on frozen water or wading a freezing stream just isn’t as appealing as it used to be.
I’d much rather do some trout fishing in the spring, for rainbow, brown or brook trout.

Main Street Dance Company owner Stephanie Oster has 70 students participating in dance classes currently. She will start accepting more dancers by fall 2014.

BUSINESS BEAT: Twist of fate puts dancer in charge of her own studio

These days dancing comes naturally to Stephanie Oster. But when you’ve been dancing since pre-school, that’s bound to happen. Oster, who owns Main Street Dance Company, was first bit by the dancing bug at age 3, and has been at it ever since.