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Greenville senior Nikota Howe, middle, signs her Letter of Intent to play softball for Lake Erie College on Thursday. Also in the picture are Howe’s mother Laura Mahlich, left, and father Duane Howe.

Howe signs with Lake Erie College

Nikota Howe loves softball. She always has. On Wednesday, Howe accomplished a childhood goal by signing a Letter of Intent to play college softball and continue her career after high school.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 23, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013

From left, Terry Hessler, GACF Chairman John O’Donald, Denny Craycraft, Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson, Belding City Councilman Joe Feuerstein, GACF Director Amy O’Brien, Ray Tower and Lloyd Loper stand together Thursday afternoon at Belding Veterans Park to celebrate a GACF donation in the amount of $4,000. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville Area Community Foundation donates to Belding Veterans Park

Every time Denny Craycraft and the Belding Veterans Park Committee complete a new war monument in Belding, they face the task of having to find funds to pay for the completion of each structure before moving on to the next project. But every time they reach out for aid, someone in the community, be it one generous donor or an entire organization, is always there to offer a helping hand.

Youth participants jump into the water at the start of this year’s Tri Greenville kids triathlon. Tri Greenville has recently secured key sponsorships through the next three years. — File photo

Tri Greenville triathlon secures major sponsorships

With nearly 300 athletes competing in last year’s Tri Greenville triathlon and now a three-year sponsorship commitment from two area businesses, the future is bright for the event. Spectrum’s United and Kelsey hospitals and Chemical Bank are teaming up as co-sponsors for the 2014 triathlon. Each business has signed on to a three-year deal, promising $5,000 per year each through 2016.

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Central Montcalm school board votes on expulsions, grievance and termination

Central Montcalm Public School Superintendent Kristie Teall explained Wednesday night’s school board meeting as one that wasn’t “warm and fuzzy.” Five school board members met in four executive sessions during the two and a half hour meeting, with only 35 minutes conducted in open session.

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Greenville ballet relocates to Belding after storm damage

As crews continue to work to repair the water-damaged stage of the Greenville Performing Arts Center, a holiday ballet by the Flat River Dance Company (FRDC) has been forced to move to a new venue. As they say in the business, the show must go on.

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Funeral Notices – Nov. 22, 2013

Read funeral notices for Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: How can we create schools that meet the needs of all students?

Recently, I was asked where I get the ideas for this column. I responded that I read a great deal — books, journals, information from professional organizations like the Michigan Association of School Boards and material I find on my own or that is shared with me by others. I have used most of those sources to write this column.

Ionia County’s 64A District Court Judge Raymond Voet was recently appointed chief judge of circuit, district and probate courts in Ionia and Montcalm counties. The appointment is part of an ongoing trend by the Michigan Supreme Court to appoint one chief judge to oversee multiple trial courts with the goal of improved public service and more efficient courts. — Courtesy photo

‘Substantive change in direction’ for local courts as Voet is appointed chief judge

The multiple courts of Ionia and Montcalm counties are about to be consolidated underneath one chief judge. Ionia County’s 64A District Court Judge Raymond Voet was recently appointed chief judge of circuit, district and probate courts in Ionia and Montcalm counties. His new appointment will take effect Jan. 1.

Practice manager and certified veterinary assistant Brandy Taft, above, says Sheridan Animal Hospital will be ready to accommodate both large and small animal patients within the next two weeks. Meanwhile, veterinarian Sherry Teegardin will continue operating as a mobile vet. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Sheridan Animal Hospital set to care for ‘all creatures great and small’

This week, Dr. Sherry Teegardin will realize the culmination of a dream nearly five years in the making when she officially opens the doors to Sheridan Animal Hospital. From noon to 5 p.m. Friday, the new veterinary clinic will host an open house to introduce area animal lovers to the facility’s many amenities.