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Central Montcalm’s Makayla Studley tags Hesperia’s Holly Whelan at second base during the team’s game May 14.

Central Montcalm prepares tough task at regionals

Central Montcalm’s softball team has been preparing for the Division 3 regional Saturday at Holton. “We had a good practice Monday,” said coach Bruce Nicholson. “We took (Tuesday) off but we had a scrimmage (Wednesday) with Ithaca who is also going to regionals. (Thursday) we went to Belding to scrimmage them and Northview.”

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Area golf teams struggle at regional tournament

The three remaining boys golf teams that were playing in the regional golf tournaments finished 10th or worse Thursday. So golf season is over for Lakeview, Montabella and Tri County after they were eliminated from the boys golf playoffs.

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OUR VIEW: Tri Greenville shows off area’s active side

Competing in a triathlon (swim, bike, run … in that order) is a unique and demanding physical endeavor. Organizing one may be even more difficult.

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AUDIO: Edmore Village Council: ‘People in Edmore are tired of being spit on’

Members of the Edmore Village Council are considering suing the owner of a prominent local business for allegedly not paying back a $238,000 loan. Council members discussed the issue frankly and at length at their May 13 meeting. The Daily News obtained an audio recording of the open meeting.

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Greenville, county to team up for road work

The city of Greenville and Road Commission for Montcalm County are teaming up for a chip and seal project to be performed within the city. During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council approved a contract with the Road Commission for Montcalm County for street sealing in the amount not to exceed $146,257.

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MAKING THE GRADE: Some facts to help explain the Common Core state standards

The education community has a habit of using terms or phrases with the assumption that everyone understands them as well as they do. One example is Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Educators across the country have been working hard to implement CCSS and there appears to be general consensus of support for them. However, there have also been myths about what they are and how they impact students. I am using information published by the Michigan Department of Education and provided by the Michigan Association of School Boards to dispel some of those myths and help parents and citizens understand CCSS.

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OUR VIEW: Is it time for tolls on some roads?

Who’s gonna get the money? It’s expected that the state of Michigan might well have a few hundred million in surplus revenue in this year’s budget … and the competitors for a share of the bonus are already lining up.

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Sumner house complete loss after Wednesday blaze

A Crystal-area home is a complete loss after an early morning blaze burned for hours before 911 was called. The Crystal Township Fire Department was dispatched at 3:31 a.m. Wednesday to 11859 E. Spencer Road, Sumner, located in Crystal Township.

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Boyer Road mobile home fire contained to room

A mobile home in Fairplain Township sustained damage Wednesday after a morning fire. The Sheridan Community Fire Department was dispatched at 10:21 a.m. to 1736 Boyer Road on the report of a structure fire.

A sign listing the price of unleaded gasoline in Belding is listed at $4.29 on Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Region’s underperforming refineries cause of rising gas prices

As Belding resident Steve Hunt watched the numbers climb while he filled his truck with gasoline Wednesday afternoon, he had but one thing to say. “It’s ridiculous!” he exclaimed. “I haven’t seen prices this high before, and I drive every day.”