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Belding junior Alex Parker, middle, clears a hurdle during a home meet against Sparta on Monday. She set a school record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.49 seconds. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding girls top Sparta, finishes O-K Blue regular season perfect

The Belding Redskins girls track team has a stranglehold on the O-K Blue. With Monday’s 89-48 win at home against Sparta, the Redskins finished the league regular season schedule undefeated for the third consecutive season. That’s 15 straight dual meet wins.

Approximately 24 community members joined the Greenville Public Schools Community Strategic Planning Session 1 on Thursday to give input into the “core values” the community expects out of the school district. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville schools host parents for strategic planning

The old African proverb states: It takes a village to raise a child. When it comes down to coming together as a community to raise their children, parents in Greenville take it seriously.

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Funeral Notices for May 5, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley addresses the Class of 2015 at Montcalm Community College’s 48th annual commencement at Central Montcalm High School Friday. Calley, of Ionia, attended MCC in 1994 and 1995. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

360 graduates celebrate ‘end of journey’ at MCC graduation

For many students at Montcalm Community College, an education isn’t just taking classes. It’s hours of free time spent studying, eating meals on the go, sleeping in a car between classes and relying on others to help with family to get through the day. No one knows that better than Rachel Gilbert, a mother of three from Trufant who wanted more for her life than a minimum wage job. On Friday, she, along with 360-plus other graduates, celebrated the end of a long journey during Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) 48th annual commencement ceremony at Central Montcalm High School.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, May 2

Montabella 0-3 at Shepherd: The Mustangs were outscored 38-5 in losing all three games at the Shepherd Invitational Saturday. The first game was a 13-3 loss to Newaygo in which the Lions scored 10 runs in the seventh inning…

Lakeview’s Laura Pachaly, in white, moves in for her second of three goals against Greenville at home on Friday. The Wildcats won 3-0. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Pachaly’s hat trick leads Lakeview by Greenville

The Lakeview Wildcats girls soccer team couldn’t have asked for a better start. Lakeview scored twice in the opening 1:54 to jump all over the Greenville Yellow Jackets en route to a 3-0 shut out win at home.

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Belding soccer mercies CC-Crystal

The difference between Belding’s girls soccer team and Carson City-Crystal’s soccer team was on display Friday night. The experienced Redskins had no problems beating the first-year Eagles, needing only 53 minutes of running time for an 8-0 mercy.

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ED GILBERT: Fishing has its ‘moments’

It really wasn’t a bad opening weekend for Michigan’s trout season. The weather was quite cooperative and a few of the fish were in a feeding mood as well. As usual, many fishers gathered at the places where I chose to open the season each year, even a few newcomers came as well. Those spots included the North Branch , the Little South Branch and the main branch of the Pere Marquette River.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, May 1

Tri County drops Big Rapids twice: The Vikings beat the Cardinals in both ends of their CSAA-Gold doubleheader Friday, winning 8-0 and 4-3. Kyle Peterman went all seven innings in the opener and scattered six hits, striking out nine and walking one…

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JUST IN: Sheriff’s deputy hits car while en-route to crash

On Saturday, three people, including a Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputy, were treated for minor injuries after the deputy struck a vehicle on M-66.