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Montcalm County commissioners approve budget, cuts needed to balance deficit

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to approve the proposed 2012-2013 budget, without much discussion or public input. Commissioners voted 8-0 to approve the budget, which included cuts to balance a $733,000 deficit. Commissioner Ron Retzloff of Crystal was the lone commissioner absent from Monday’s meeting.

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Vestaburg Community Schools anticipate higher head count

The Vestaburg Community School Board of Education may not have to make additional budget cuts this year, thanks to better-than-expected student enrollment numbers. In June, the school board approved a budget based on an estimated enrollment population of 650 students, representing a dip into the school’s fund equity of more than $600,000. The school board divided the cuts into Phase 1 ($240,000 in cuts) and a possible Phase 2.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 25, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012

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SHORT TAKES: Cooperative spirit a welcome change

Prospects for an orderly transition in Reynolds Township government appear to have improved when that township’s candidate for township clerk agreed to accept an immediate appointment to the position. Robin Sholty, the unopposed candidate for the post in the upcoming Nov. 6 election was sworn in as clerk Friday, after having demurred earlier on the offer by township board members. Controversy and strained relations are no strangers to township politics, but it seems the players in Reynolds Township have taken the high road.

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OUR VIEW: Reynolds Township deserves better

We’re not sure what’s going on with politics in Reynolds Township, but we do know the people who live there are getting the short end of the stick. And recent events with the Reynolds Township clerk position seem like high school all over again.

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AP prep football rankings

The top 10 teams in the Associated Press high school football poll, with records in parentheses. Totals are based on 10 points for a first-place vote, 9 for second, etc. The Michigan High School Athletic Association has determined playoff qualifiers in eight divisions based on enrollment. The divisions in this poll are unofficial.

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Greenville wins O-K Bronze postseason golf tourney

For the first time in 13 seasons, the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls golf team did not win its conference title. What they did do on Monday was tie the 18-hole school record (343), while winning the O-K Bronze postseason tournament. In doing so, the Yellow Jackets got over their final hump and defeated Forest Hills Eastern by one stroke (344), after coming within a just shots of the Hawks a few times this season.

A house on Lake Stanton is a partial loss after a fire broke out Monday afternoon. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Lake Stanton home a partial loss after structure fire

A house on Lake Stanton is a partial loss early this afternoon after a fire broke out in the middle of the home. Stanton Community Fire Department was dispatched to 4229 E. Shore Drive in Stanton just before 11 a.m. for a structure fire at the residence.

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REVVED UP: The Bortons enjoy life on the road in their RV

When Gary Borton retired from Federal Mogul several years ago, he and his wife, Connie, made up their minds to see the country via the open road. They would buy a fifth-wheel and visit all the places they had dreamed of. Like so many retirees, the Bortons, from Greenville, planned to follow the sun wherever it led them.

Raven and Ricky Baldwin discovered many old Greenville newspapers beneath the floorboards of the apartment they are renovating in Greenville. Some editions date back the the 1920s. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Floorboard ‘discovery’ paints picture of Greenville’s past

Former President William Howard Taft dedicated the Lincoln Memorial and the fledgling Soviet Union was formed following the murder of Tsar Nicholas II and his family at the hands of Bolshevik revolutionaries. The year was 1922 and in the relative tranquility of Greenville, for reasons likely to remain forever unknown, several copies of one of the city’s newspapers, The Daily Call, were set aside for posterity.