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Belding picks Mullendore for city manager

After three months of searching and hours of questioning various candidates during extended interviews, Belding will have a new city manger. Members of Belding City Council unanimously approved a motion Thursday evening to pursue contract negotiations and vetting with Meg Mullendore of Buchanan to be the next city manager.

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All Things Green event puts local agriculture in spotlight (Photo Gallery)

With freezing temperatures and a light snow falling from the sky Tuesday evening, there was little indication that spring is on the horizon in Montcalm County. But for those who stepped into the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) in Sidney for the fifth annual All Things Green event, plants, gardens and landscaping products were found in abundance as more than 20 vendors gathered to promote local agriculture.

Barbara Nelson-Jameson, the Michigan Program director from the National Park Service, describes a section of the River Valley Rail Trail system to an audience at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Trail organizers seek input, assistance with Greenville to Owosso rail trails

As Lowell resident Ted Bentley bundles up in his winter jacket, slips on his gloves and straps on his camping backpack, the avid cyclist knows exactly what he wants when he heads out for an evening journey. Guided by the moon and the stars, Bentley travels through deeply wooded areas, trudging through the snow on his bike with thick 4-inch tires, leaving behind a single bike trail as he plows through the fresh snow ahead of him.

Central Montcalm’s Jesse Judge, left, wrestles during the individual state finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills earlier this month. Judge placed eighth in Division 3 at 189 pounds.

Central Montcalm mat coach predicting big things next season

There’s some optimism coming from Central Montcalm after this past wrestling season. That optimism is coming from coach Dan VanderVlucht after his team finished with a 24-9 record in the regular season and won a Division 3 district title.

The Montcalm County Animal Control building in Stanton will soon by painted by a local 4-H group and the name on the building will also be changed from “Shelter” to “Control.” — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Animal Control building to be painted by 4-H group

It’s Animal Control, not Animal Shelter. Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Sova Hollinshead appeared before the county’s Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee on Monday to request permission for the Animal Control building to be painted.


Funeral Notices for March 14, 2013

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Greenville businesses likely awarded Montcalm County rescue vehicle bids

Montcalm County Emergency Services continues to move forward in improving its fleet of rescue vehicles. Members of the Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee voted Monday to recommend the full board approve purchasing a new medical first responder vehicle and rescue accessories from two Greenville businesses.


Sheridan council considers long-range projects

Members of the Sheridan Village Council got the chance to do a little “blue sky” planning at Tuesday evening’s meeting. Dave Johnson of Fleis & Vandenbrink engineering in Grand Rapids presented the council with dozens of possible municipal improvements that could be implemented at some future date.


Greenville DDA to hold special meeting to pick contractor

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has set up a special meeting to choose a contractor to spruce up the downtown. The meeting will take place at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Greenville City Hall.


Funeral Notices for March 13, 2013

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