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A-squared Theatre and Auction Hall in Orleans Township donates 3 percent of auction sales to local schools throughout Ionia and Montcalm counties. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Orleans Township auction house giving back to local schools

Opening a new business is seldom easy in tough economic times, but a recently opened auction house in Orleans Township is aiming to make a profit while also doing what it can to give back to local schools. The owners of A-squared Theatre and Auction Hall, an indoor heated auction and special events venue at 7500 N. State Road (M-66) just 1.5 miles north of M-44, have set a goal to give 3 percent of total purchases made at their auctions to any local school at the buyers’ request.

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Fenwick house fire being investigated as ‘suspicious’

A Friday morning blaze was the fifth house fire for the DeGram family and is now under investigation by the state fire marshal. The Sheridan Community Fire Department was dispatched at 8:47 a.m. to 1680 W. Boyer Road in Fenwick. The house was a total loss.

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Belding teenager charged after high-speed car chase

Gerald Marsh, 17, of Belding, has been charged with unlawfully driving away and fleeing and eluding police following a high-speed chase that took place at about 10:10 p.m. Saturday.

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Funeral Notices for March 29, 2013

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Chemical fire at JICE Pharmaceuticals in Belding contained, no one injured

An afternoon chemical fire at JICE Pharmaceuticals in Belding was extinguished Thursday afternoon with no hazardous threat poised to the community.

Students from Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan spent spring break traveling to Honduras to bring medical and dental supplies to people in need. — Courtesy photo

Greenville grads help Honduras during spring break

After graduating from Greenville Public Schools and going their separate ways to two different universities, two college students reunited to spend their spring break helping others in Honduras. Seth Barker, who attends Central Michigan University (CMU), is president of a new organization on campus called Global Medical Brigades-CMU (GMB-CMU), which is the largest student-led social responsibility movement in the world.

From left, Belding Middle School seventh grade students Trevor Vanloo, 13, Taber Parker, 12,  Marcus Rich, 12, Keegan Church, 12, Alyssa German, 12, Erin Rich, 12, Isaac Schnicke, 12, guitar instructor George Rousseau and professional guitarist Joel Mabus perform together Wednesday at Belding Middle School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Middle School music students enjoy guitar clinic, concert (Photos)

With a few plucks of some strings and and a lot of time and effort, students at Belding Middle School are picking up a musical skill that many of them hope can lead to greater things. On Wednesday afternoon, evidence of “greater things” arrived in the form of a one-hour clinic by professional guitarist Joel Mabus, who wowed more than 50 seventh-graders who have either taken or are currently enrolled in guitar class at the school.

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Funeral Notices for March 28, 2013

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2-year-old Greenville girl in critical condition after injury

A 2-year-old Greenville girl is in critical condition after suffering a closed-head injury. On Sunday, Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Greenville Department of Public Safety were dispatched to the 300 block of W. Grove Street after receiving a call that a 2-year-old child was unresponsive.

The Rockford High School media room was filled to near capacity Monday evening for a seminar about fracking, sponsored by Citizens for Responsible Resource Management (CRRM), Kent County Water Conservation (KCWC) and Mutual Aid of Grand Rapids (MAGR). — Mike Taylor/Daily News

Rockford seminar on hydraulic fracturing heats up

The conversation threatened to spiral out of control during the question-and-answer period of a contentious seminar on hydraulic fracturing Monday evening at Rockford High School. More than 100 area residents turned out to hear from author Maryann Lesert, who extensively studied the topic while doing research for an upcoming novel.