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GUEST VIEW: Annexation from a township’s point of view

A township’s main responsibility is to provide essential services for those residents that live within the township. Essential services consist of police protection, fire protection, maintaining and upgrading county road services, library services, basic school funding within the township, and by keeping the peace by resolving complaints and enforcement of local regulations and ordinances. In order for these services to be provided to residents they are taxed via the property they own. Property taxes are the key revenue producing method to allow operation and maintenance of all essential services within a Township. When properties are lost via transfer to another governmental body, the only way to continue to maintain those services at the level residents are accustomed to is by increasing taxes or removing some the services. Annexation only puts more burdens upon the remaining residents to keep essential services at current levels.

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Ionia County now taking applications for treasurer

With the recent passing of Nancy Hickey, who was elected to the position of Ionia County treasurer for a four-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2013, Michigan election law requires that a statutorily created committee consisting of Probate Judge Robert Sykes Jr., Prosecutor Ronald Schafer and Clerk Tonda Rich shall appoint a suitable person to fill the vacancy.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 10, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

Even simple, everyday tasks such as washing dishes can be difficult to those confined to life in a wheelchair.  That’s one of many reasons friends and relatives of Stanton resident Emily Van Kleek are trying to raise funds for a machine that will give her additional, vertical mobility. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Turkish technology makes ‘new legs’ a possibility for Stanton woman

It was in 2003, between her junior and senior years at Pensacola Christian College, that Emily Van Kleek’s life would forever change. That change hinged on a few, seemingly unrelated, elements: The clay-like dirt common to Pensacola, Fla., a heavy rainfall the previous evening and the convertible Emily was driving to her summer job.

Greenville’s Jake Hopkins goes for a pin against Hastings’ Jason Slaghter during Saturday’s Greenville Invitational. Hopkins went 5-0 for the day.

Greenville wrestlers still perfect, goes 5-0 at own invite

The Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team hosted it’s own invitational this weekend and faced a combination of Division 1 and Division 2 teams. The Yellow Jackets remained undefeated with a 5-0 record to claim the tournament title. Greenville coach Paul Johnson said it was an even tournament.

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CC-Crystal undefeated at Tri County tourney

Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team added to their good start to the season Saturday. The Eagles went undefeated to win the six-team Tri County Invitational.

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ROUNDUP: Prep wrestling scores from Saturday, Dec. 8

Wrestling Montabella undefeated at Big Rapids: The Mustangs went 3-0 in their matches at the Big Rapids Invitational Saturday but finished second to the host Cardinals in the individual part of the tournament. Montabella beat Greenville’s B team 64-12, Petoskey 42-33 and Muskegon Orchard View 60-18. Taking first place in their weight classes were Tristan [...]

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ED GILBERT: Peppermint deer hunting

You’ve likely heard it said that almost anything can happen on a deer hunt. Well, now I believe it. Allow me to explain. It was colder than a well-digger’s auger up north the other day when I decided to get out the old muzzleloader, better known in some parts as a smoke pole, and try again for a buck.

With 12 remodeled lanes, certified by the U.S. Bowling Congress, the Alley Cat Bar & Grill bowling alley is the hottest destination in Lakeview. The cerfitied lanes qualifys it it for tournaments, both adult and high school.

BIZ BEAT: New owner reopens Lakeview bowling alley

Is this heaven? For some local bowlers, Lakeview’s reopened and remodeled bowling center, renamed Alley Cat Bar & Grill, just might be. Since its soft opening Dec. 1, it has the community buzzing with excitement about having a new recreational facility and another place to enjoy a dinner and drinks with family and friends.

Deb Jones, the new director of the Alvah N. Belding Library, reaches for a book Friday afternoon at the library at 302. E. Main St. in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New library director believes she’s ‘lucky’ to be working in Belding

Amending budgets, managing employee hours and taking on the many challenges that face public libraries today, the responsibilities of the new Alvah N. Library director add up quickly, but ask Deb Jones about her duties and she’ll tell you she’s glad to be doing it in a community like Belding.