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MAKING THE GRADE: What can we learn about education from Olympians?

For the past couple of weeks many of us have been enjoying watching the Winter Olympics. Whatever your feeling about these games, there is one point on which I think we can all agree. The athletes who have participated have been single minded in their effort to qualify to participate. They have prepared and trained with a focus on their goal and in the end, whether they received a medal or not, the results of their determination were obvious. Their accomplishments were stunning.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 27, 2014

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Greenville girls advance to district finals

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team is just one win away from its first district title since 1983. On Wednesday, the Yellow Jackets held off a feisty Lowell Red Arrows team for a 68-58 win at Cedar Springs. They will face Forest Hills Central on Friday at Cedar Springs for the Class A district title.

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Stanton considers long term capital improvements

The problem with the financial planning of many municipalities, according to Stanton City Manager James Freed, is that they don’t think far enough into the future. Most communities, he explained to city commissioners at Tuesday’s regular meeting, think no more that 12 months ahead.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks on the subject of a proposal to reform Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance policy during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lansing pushing for no-fault insurance reform

Michigan stands alone as the only state to provide the benefit of unlimited personal injury protection coverage, but a resurgent effort to overhaul the current no-fault auto insurance system and implement a cap is beginning to gain ground in Lansing.

Nick Reamer, right, attempts a blocked shot during the Belding game earlier this season.

Greenville beats Lakewood 69-64

The Greenville Yellow Jackets continue to evolve its offense this season. From a fast paced (patterned after Grinnell College) style offense to a half court, more deliberate post style game, the Yellow Jackets have done a little bit of everything this season. They still shoot the three, but their defense is toughening up and the changes have helped the Yellow Jackets to three straight wins.

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Central Montcalm voters OK operating millage renewal

Central Montcalm Public School voters passed an operating millage renewal on Tuesday. Voters passed the measure with 245 voting yes and 71 voting no.

A roof of a storage building at the Road Commission of Montcalm County facility on M-46 near Howard City collapsed under the weight of rain soaked snow and high winds Thursday. The building housed several pieces of equipment. The extent of the damage won’t be known until the roof is removed. — Courtesy photo

Roof collapses at Road Commission facility in Howard City

When nearly a half-inch of rain fell Thursday the mounds of snow acted as a sponge, soaking it up. Although it helped prevent major flooding, the compacted snow presented a new problem … the weight.

It’s finally official: Nelson’s Speed Shop is being sold to Lakeside Motor Sports. Current owner Jack Nelson, pictured here, first opened the business about 43 years ago. If all goes according to plan, the final paperwork will be signed and the deal finalized on Friday. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Mecosta’s Lakeside Motor Sports to purchase Nelson’s Speed Shop

One of the area’s most popular stops for outdoor sporting gear and lawn care products will change hands Friday. Jack Nelson, owner of Nelson’s Speed Shop confirmed Tuesday that the rumors heard around town for the past several weeks, that the business is being sold to Lakeside Motor Sports, are indeed true.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 26, 2014

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