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Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

Spring surely must be on its way

I love winter. Seriously, I do. I love the white snow when it blankets the ground. I just wish it would stay off the sidewalks and streets. I love the crisp air — at least until I get my heating bill. I am sincerely happy for those who make their living operating ski lifts and other outside venue. They have had some lean years recently.

Puzzles with 100 pieces occupied students during Central Montcalm Elementary School’s 100 Days celebration on Monday. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Central Montcalm kindergarten — where 100 is a big deal

How high can you count? A million, a billion? For kindergarten and first grade students at Central Montcalm Elementary School, getting from 1 to 100 is a pretty big deal.

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Funeral Notices for March 14, 2014

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Firefighters and officers with the Greenville Department of Public Safety work to extinguish a fire at 1002 Davis Dr. in Greenville Thursday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville mobile home heavily damaged in fire

A Greenville man is now without the majority of his possessions, and likely his home, after he returned from work this afternoon to the surprise of firefighters working to extinguish a fire at his residence.

Montcalm Area Career Center engineering instructor Art Ward outlines some of the projects his students have been involved with this school year. Among those projects are trebuchets and electric cars. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Career Center teachers update MAISD

Members of the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education on Wednesday heard from instructors and students representing a few key Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) programs. Some of those programs have shown impressive academic gains during the past school year.

Orleans Township, with the township hall located in the village of Orleans, will continue to receive dedicated police coverage from the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office after a three-year agreement was renewed by council members. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Orleans Township, Ionia Sheriff renew dedicated police coverage agreement

Orleans township will continue to receive dedicated police coverage for the next three years after an agreement was recently secured with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office. The Orleans Township Board voted Feb. 18 to accept a three-year contract with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office for township coverage in the form of a dedicated deputy.

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Funeral Notices for March 13, 2014

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Three were injured in a two-vehicle head-on crash Tuesday morning on W. Carson City Road (M-57) just east of M-66. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Man dies from injuries suffered in Tuesday’s M-57 accident

The Michigan State Police Lakeview post has confirmed one of the victims involved in Tuesday’s morning two-car collision on M-57 has died. Zachary Mohr, 20, of Sumner, died Wednesday at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids from injuries sustained in the accident.

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Montcalm Township will pay for sirens, use grant money for radios

Due to an issue with the timing of when grant money will be available and when the township would like to install its four severe weather sirens at full service, the township gave approval to reallocate grant funds to radios for fire department.

The Sheridan Village Council on Tuesday approved a $5 flat fee increase on village residents’ sewer bill. The increase will show up on April’s bill.

Sheridan Village Council approves sewer rate increase

Finances were at the forefront of discussion at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Sheridan Village Council. From new tractors to accounting software, council members considered where to best use village funds this fiscal year.