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Central Montcalm’s Michaela Crooks taps the ball over the net during a match this season.

Clare eliminates Central Montcalm from own tournament

Central Montcalm’s volleyball team couldn’t seem to find a way to beat the Clare Eagles Saturday. The Green Hornets lost twice to the Eagles at Central’s volleyball tournament, with the second coming in the semifinals 25-14, 17-25, 15-12.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s officials investigated the scene of a fatal barn fire this morning in Bushnell Township just south of Sheridan. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Body found in aftermath of Sheridan barn fire

A body was located inside a building after a barn fire early this morning just south of the village of Sheridan. The Sheridan Community Fire Department responded to the fire at 2:34 a.m. to 6681 S. Sheridan Road (M-66) north of Sessions Road.

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Questions arise over Carson City-Crystal school project cost

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education members are questioning the timing and cost of a restroom addition to the south pod of Carson City Elementary School. The issue arose at Monday night’s school board meeting. The school board originally approved $150,000 for a small renovation to the elementary school’s south pod. However, Tony Leininger, owner of CARMI Design Group in Edwardsburg which arranged the bidding process, came to the board with bids more than $260,000.

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Chilly conditions at CC-C Middle School/High School

Carson City-Crystal Middle School/High School has been a cool place to learn lately — and not in a good way. Superintendent Kevin Murphy informed school board members at Monday night’s meeting that heat problems recently arose during a conversion project from steam to hot water in the two buildings. There is currently no heat in either building. Murphy hopes the issue will be resolved by Oct. 22.

Isaac Raih, 7, of Greenville prepares for takeoff inside a Cessna 150 airplane. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Hundreds of children visit Belding Exploration Lab during 2-day event

Isaac Raih wasn’t in a children’s museum Sunday afternoon, at least not in his mind. The 7-year-old from Greenville, seated firmly in the cockpit of a Cessna 150 airplane on the second floor of the Belrockton Museum in Belding, believed he was on an active runway, flipping switches and turning knobs as he prepared himself for takeoff.

An artist’s rendering of the renovated Byron and Dolores Cook Recital Hall at the MSU College of Music in East Lansing. — Courtesy photo

New MSU recital hall named in honor of Greenville residents

Byron and Dolores (Dee) Cook have always had a passion for music and the performing arts, and that passion was something they shared together when they first met as students at Michigan State University. Byron marched as a member of the Spartan Marching Band and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from MSU, while Dolores earned a degree in television and communication and later went on to serve for 16 years as a member of the MSU Board of Trustees.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 15, 2012

Funeral Notices for Monday, Oct. 15, 2012

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OUR VIEW: Electricity could be blowin’ in the wind

Rarely have Michigan citizens, for that matter all Americans, faced election decision crossroads like the ones we’re facing this year. Surely the move toward green energy is a national concern, but with the strength of our own state’s economy figuring largely in the consequences, let’s be reasonable about Michigan’s approach to renewable energy.

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Montcalm Township home saved from fire, dog rescued

A Montcalm Township home is still standing today after a quick response from multiple fire departments Saturday afternoon. Firefighters from the Montcalm Township Fire Department were dispatched to a fire at 11570 W. Sidney Road at 4:22 p.m. Montcalm Township Fire Chief Clif Dickinson said no flames were visible once they arrived on scene, but a fire that began in the basement of the structure began to grow and assistance from the Maple Valley Township Spencer Township and Lakeview District fire departments was called in.

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Local fire departments recipients of United Solar Ovonic donations

A once promising industrial gem for Montcalm County now sits nearly empty as almost all employees at the United Solar Ovonic facility in Greenville have been permanently laid off and nearly all of the assets have been liquidated and auctioned off. Energy Conversion Devices Inc., the parent company of United Solar Ovonic, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February and has slowly been winding down operations at the Greenville facilities as the last remaining assets that were auctioned off are picked up by their buyers. The two plant buildings of the now dissolved company remain in Greenville under operation of just three employees who now work for the auctioneers and trustees handling the sales of the buildings’ assets.