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The entire student body of Lakeview High School filled the gymnasium Friday for a farewell assembly for popular principal Gary Jensen. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Gary Jensen steps down as Lakeview High School principal

During his tenure as principal of Lakeview High School, Gary Jensen helped move the school from the state’s “dishonor roll” to one of the highest rated educational institutions in Michigan. Jensen has always been quick to credit the hard work of his fellow staffers and students for this transformation, but there’s little doubt it was Jensen’s guiding hand that made the change possible.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 31, 2015

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Belding residents express frustration with DEQ over Electrolux property

Locked behind a chain-link fence in the very center of town sits an idle piece of property that has become the epicenter of public frustration.

On the surface, the former White Consolidated Industries/Electrolux complex at 100 E. Main St. is ready to be embraced as a public park. But buried beneath that surface — 24 inches, to be exact — is a century-old history of industry, complete with contaminated soil, concrete slabs and, deeper still, contaminated ground water.

On Wednesday, the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee discussed an upcoming Michigan road funding ballot proposal.  — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greater Greenville Transportation Committee talks road proposal

In May, Michigan voters will hit the ballot boxes to decide the fate of proposed road funding legislation.

The pending vote may not be on everyone’s mind yet, but it certainly is on the collective mind of the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 30, 2015

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Local businesses, such as Parker-Arntz Heating & Plumbing in Greenville, are hoping the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will create a property assessed clean energy (PACE) district to help them take advantage of Michigan’s Public Act 270 of 2010. — File photo

PACE district proposal stalls amid questions from county commissioners

A proposal to create a clean energy district in Montcalm County stalled Monday when county commissioners couldn’t find anyone to answer their questions. In December, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted to obtain public comment about contracting with Lean & Green Michigan to create a property assessed clean energy (PACE) district within the county.

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Stanton in need of new plan for DNR dollars

Sometimes, good things come to those who wait. This can be a hopeful philosophy, particularly when the party doing the waiting has no choice. Such is the case for the city of Stanton.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 29, 2015

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Belding Mayor Ron Gundreson speaks about hiring an interim city manager Monday evening during a special council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding council begins interim city manager, city manager searches

Following the termination of this community’s city manager, the process is now underway to find the next individual who will helm administrative responsibilities. During a special meeting Monday night, called by Mayor Ron Gunderson, council members discussed hiring a new city manager after previous city manager Meg Mullendore was terminated in a 3-2 council vote on Jan. 20. During Monday’s meeting, the council also discussed hiring an interim city manager.

Deepfall, a Gowen-based band, held an impromptu rehearsal session on Monday night. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

VIDEO: Local band Deepfall travels to Chicago for ‘America’s Got Talent’

Every musician who picks up an instrument dreams of making it big. Whether it is a guitar, a trumpet or even a kazoo, those who posses musical talent want to play for a crowd. Big or small. That goes double for a rock band. Maybe even triple.