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Montabella’s Hanna Stockwell makes a play at first base before Saranac’s Macaela Perry gets to the base during the first game of the teams’ doubleheader May 22.

Montabella has new softball coach

Montabella’s softball team will have their third coach in four years next season. Whisper Dawson will take over for Chara Nisonger in 2015. She will be the third coach of the Mustangs in the last four years.


Funeral Notices for July 22, 2014

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Belding Superintendent Sara Shriver, left, discusses with Board Vice President Timothy Flynn during Monday evening's Belding School Board meeting at the Belding Administration Building. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Board compensation reinstated for Belding School Board members

For the first time since 2011, members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education will be compensated for their services for the upcoming school year.


Belding 4-Hers shine bright at Ionia Free Fair

With abundant carnival rides spinning and twirling, games galore, and the smell of fried food wafting through the air, the Ionia Free Fair is about as carefree and fun as anyone would expect from one of the world’s largest free-admission fairs.

But if you look just a little further past the colorful fantasy world of summer fun, you’ll find some of the hardest working youths in Ionia County, who spend hours every day caring for their animals as they partake in one of the biggest weeks of their lives.


Hubbardston DPW supervisor fired

This village’s DPW supervisor has been fired after a year and a half on the job.

The Hubbardston Village Council had a special closed meeting on Saturday, July 12, and unanimously voted to terminate Steve Schafer from his position, according to Village President Jim Barker.

Clifford and Christina Wright feeling like home at Lakeview Terrace Assisted Living. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: Lakeview Terrace Assisted Living feels like ‘home’

If you build it, they will come. It worked for Kevin Costner in the film “Field of Dreams,” and by all appearances it’s working for the management of Lakeview Terrace Assisted Living. The recently completed facility officially opened its doors to new residents Wednesday.


ED GILBERT: Time to scout turkey and deer

Yes, we have a little time before we can hunt either turkey or deer, but it’s actually an excellent time to do some scouting. In either case, the best time to scout is early in the morning or during the evening hours.


Funeral Notices for July 21, 2014

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Mark Crawfis was recently named the new fire chief of the Carson City Fire Department. He has been assistant fire chief for the past 10 years and a firefighter for 15 years. — Courtesy photo

Carson City chooses new fire chief

Mark Crawfis has been a member of the Michigan National Guard for almost 30 years, a Carson City firefighter for 15 years and the assistant fire chief for 10 years.

It was only natural that he would be appointed the new fire chief.


Grattan Academy comes out on top in study

It seems every organization out there dedicated to K-12 education has its own formula to track student success. There are report cards, color schemes, annual progress reports, at-risk declarations and top-to-bottom lists.

It’s up to school officials to take in each of these state or independent group studies and try to piece together the puzzle that most accurately depicts student achievement.

Ask any school official which formula works best and they will probably answer none of them … or maybe all of them.