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Belding Area Schools Transportation Director Kamie Jakeway delivers a presentation on “Bus Safety Week” to members of the Belding school board Monday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board approves two-way radio upgrade for transporation

Radio static, interference and noise are all about to become a thing of the past for bus drivers at Belding Area Schools.

Communication between school bus drivers via two-way radios is a critical part of transporting hundreds of students several times a day to and from school, which is why a switch from analog to digital radios on each of the district’s 19 buses was unanimously approved by members of the Belding school board Monday evening.

Central Montcalm senior Blaine Hendrick, 17, races down a straightaway at nearly 30 mph during the  “Fall Fun Race” Friday afternoon at the Grattan Raceway.

Local students hit the race track with fun, hands-on electric car project

Darting around hairpin turns and speeding down straightaways, all the while attempting to carefully — yet aggressively — surge ahead of competing racers, the sport of electric car racing by high school students was on full display at Grattan Raceway on Friday.

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ED GILBERT: The chase is still the thing

As many of us hunters who have tromped the woods for years now feel, it isn’t so much the success of finding and killing game but just being out there and enjoying the chase that is really the thing. Yes, I’m getting up there in years and it is the case with me.

Carson City-Crystal junior outside linebacker Zach Edmister (62) chases down and tackles Vestaburg senior running back Jared Hilden (24) Friday evening. - Cory Smith

CC-Crystal clinches playoff berth with win over Vestaburg

Carson City junior quarterback Zach Pringle very nearly had a four-score game in a 41-27 victory over Vestaburg Friday night when teams on both sides of the field lined up to Salute the Soldiers. The only thing preventing it from happening was that Pringle ran his fakes and hid the football too well, causing an inadvertent whistle that nullfied a 44-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter.

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Cedar Springs defense shuts down Yellow Jackets

Two keys to winning a football game are being able to rush the ball and to play solid defense. The Cedar Springs Red Hawks have mastered both this season. On Friday, the Red Hawks continued its domination on the defensive side of the ball with a 48-16 win over the Greenville Yellow Jackets. Offensively, the Red Hawks controlled the clock with its methodical, Wing-T offense, which makes it nearly impossible to make a comeback when trailing.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 20, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

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OUR VIEW: Say yes to MCC renewal, Ionia 911 surcharge

Montcalm County voters will be asked to approve a millage renewal proposal in the upcoming general election, while Ionia County voters will be asked to approve a 911 surcharge increase. We encourage voters to say yes to both worthy proposals.

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Hubbardston Hydro dam may be springing back to life

The long and storied history of this village’s dam dates back more than 160 years, even before “Hubbard’s town” was founded.

It was 1853 when Joseph Brown purchased property from land speculator James Langdon and built a dam and a small sawmill on Fish Creek, a tributary to the Maple River.

Franklin Pierce succeeded Millard Fillmore as the 14th president of the United States that year and multiple Irish families were in the process of following John Cowman from Ireland to a Michigan settlement that would eventually become Hubbardston.

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Funeral Notices for Saturday, Oct. 18. 2014

Read funeral notices for Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

As fellow Coalition of Greater Greenville member Karen Carbonelli, at left, looks on, Montcalm Community College President Bob Ferrentino, middle, stressed to the board at its meeting Thursday the importance of knowing the facts of each item on this year’s state general election ballot, specifically the college’s $2.5 million millage levy renewal, which will benefit more than 60 programs at the college.

Election leads mix of topics at Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting

With no agenda and no scheduled speaker, members of the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) had a roundtable discussion of random topics at Thursday’s meeting at the Greenville Public Schools Central Services Building.