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Former Tri County principal sentenced for embezzlement

The former Tri County Middle School principal has been sentenced to do time on a work crew after pleading guilty to embezzling from his school. William “Bill” Cichewicz was sentenced Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court. He previously pleaded guilty to embezzlement from $200 to $1,000, a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of one year.

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Belding adjusts front yard parking fines

As enforcement against parking in front yards continues to increase throughout the community, Belding City Council members voted Tuesday night to officially ease the fines on first-time offenders of the ordinance. City Manager Randy DeBruine said the fine for parking in the front yard between the property line and the structure, and not the driveway, will be reduced from $100 to $25.

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Greenville volleyball wins tri at Allendale

The Greenville Yellow Jackets continued their solid start to the 2012 volleyball season with a pair of nonconference wins. At Allendale, the Yellow Jackets defeated the host Falcons and then dispatched of Grand Rapids Convenant Christian in straight sets on Tuesday.

David Lorenz of Pure Michigan shared several ideas for promoting local tourism with a small but attentive group Tuesday morning at Spectrum Health’s Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Pure Michigan representative shares ideas in Lakeview

Turnout was sparse at a meeting Tuesday morning in Lakeview for area community and business leaders. Hosted by Anthony Stickler of public relations firm Stickler LLC in Edmore and featuring speaker David Lorenz of Pure Michigan, the meeting’s aim was to help business owners and community leaders come up with new ideas for promoting their areas.

Students from Baldwin Heights Elementary School board the buses after the first day of the 2012-2013 school year. The new bus drive at Baldwin Heights was ready to go on the first day to help protect the safety of the students by not having the students dart between cars to get to the buses. — Daily News/Kellie Ameling

Belding, Greenville students return to new and improved schools Tuesday

Outside Belding High School on the first day of classes, a steady rain greeted students Tuesday morning as they trudged through mud and the wet elements, entering from the side entrance of a school that is still under heavy construction both externally and internally. But inside Belding High School, in a brand new gymnasium filled with the entire student body singing the school fight song as the marching band played on, there was no evidence of the cloudy, rainy and muddy conditions that remained outside.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 5, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012

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Howard City homeowner confronts intruder in pole barn

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a male intruder who broke into a pole barn in the Howard City area early Tuesday morning. Deputies responded to the 22000 block of W. Almy Road after a reported breaking and entering at 3:15 a.m.

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GUEST VIEW: Don’t let West Nile virus headlines scare you

A few Mid-Michigan residents have complained to me that they don’t know what to make of the reports in the news about West Nile virus. They tell me they are hearing that it is the worst West Nile year ever, yet they have never met anyone who has had the disease. People say they don’t know whether they ought to be worried, or just ignore it.

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Greenville’s Big Boy restaurant gets new look and menu

Big Boy may still be a little on the chubby side, but in Greenville, at least, the burger-toting trademark of this venerable restaurant recently underwent a major makeover. The Greenville Big Boy, located at 1500 W. Washington St., is one of a handful of franchises in the nationwide chain to receive major renovations.
According to Big Boy assistant manager Briana Foley, the restaurant took part in a contest to be among a select group to undergo the renovations.

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Pewamo to host summer block party Sept. 7-8

Summertime celebrations held in the village of Pewamo over past years have been so well-received that they are becoming a tradition. The village will once again close out the summer with a Block Party on Sept. 7-8.