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Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore explains the details of the tentative fiscal year 2014/2015 city budget to members of Belding City Council Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding council approves balanced budget

For the first time in 10 years, the city of Belding will not be operating with a deficit budget. At Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously 5-0 to approve the tentative fiscal year 2014/2015 city budget.

Voters throughout Montcalm County took to the polls, such as the one at Montcalm Township Hall, to cast their votes on several ballot proposals during a special election Tuesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Commission on Aging funding approved

Voters across the county came out more than two to one in favor of continued funding for the Montcalm County Commission on Aging in Tuesday’s election. The commission’s request for a continuation of the previously-approved .45 millage was overwhelmingly approved, with 3,659 “yes” votes to 1,636 “no” votes, or 69 percent to 30 percent.

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Funeral Notices for May 7, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, May 6

Lakeview, Reed City split: The Wildcats lost the first game to the Coyotes 4-0, but came back in the second game for a 12-2, five-inning mercy…

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Belding golfers almost defeat Comstock Park

Belding’s boys golf team came oh-so-close to beating Comstock Park. The Redskins shot a team score of 171 at the O-K Blue Conference jamboree they hosted Monday at Candlestone Golf and Resort. That was just two strokes short of the Panthers, who carded a team score of 169.

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911 surcharge renewal passes easily

A Montcalm County Central Dispatch 911 surcharge renewal on the ballot passed easily Tuesday. The surcharge was approved with 3,890 “yes” votes to 1,422 “no” votes, or 73 percent to 27 percent.

Montcalm Township husband and wife Ralph and Irene Palmer fill out voter identification cards at Montcalm Township Hall before voting on several ballot proposals during a special election Tuesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MAISD special education millage ‘will support all students’

Montcalm Area Intermediate School District staff gathered at their Central Office in Stanton on Tuesday evening to learn the outcome of the special education millage ballot proposal. As voting results trickled in, votes on both sides seemed to compete in a dead heat for hours. But as the night wore on, the affirmative votes pulled ahead.

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With bond passing, ‘Carson City-Crystal just became a destination district’

Chalk it up as a win for Carson City-Crystal Area Schools. With 1,406 votes cast in Tuesday’s election, an $11 million bond proposal passed with 58 percent of the vote.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, left, said legislation currently making its way through state congress could mean lower costs for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and would also force municipalities to adopt their own policies, so the city went ahead and did it on its own. Also pictured is Mayor John Hoppough. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville City Council adopts new FOIA policy

The Greenville City Council adopted a new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) policy Tuesday in an attempt to jump ahead of likely requirements by the state. City Manager George Bosanic said legislation currently making its way through the state legislature could mean lower costs for requests and force municipalities to adopt their own policies, so the city went ahead and did it on its own.

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THE REVIEW: A long journey for the Detroit Tigers

Welcome to Detroit, Michigan, not only famous for automobiles, but also for its reputation as the mecca of soul, thanks to the likes of Gladys Knight. Take a stroll down East Montcalm Street and you will find it impossible to ignore the passion for the game of baseball that is embodied by the locals. These are residents who have been clinging to the hope of bringing celebration back to a hurting city.