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Belding boys found safe

Two 4-year-old children are safe at home after going missing for a short period of time Monday afternoon. Shortly after 3 p.m. Monday, Belding officers were called to a home on Pearl Street after the two children were reported missing.

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Belding man flees from police

A 26-year-old Belding man is lodged in Ionia County Jail after leading police on a foot chase after allegedly fleeing an officer who was attempting to arrest him on outstanding warrants. The man was wanted by Belding police on two felony warrants.

Montcalm Community College Vice President of Academic Affairs Rob Spohr, right, delivers a presentation focused on funding the Montcalm Alliance to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Monday afternoon at the County Administration Building in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Commissioners pledge $25,000 per year to Montcalm Alliance

When it comes to financing an effort to grow and strengthen economic development in Montcalm County, the Montcalm Alliance officially has another ally. In a unanimous vote Monday afternoon, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to contribute $25,000 to the Montcalm Alliance for the next three years “to enhance the effort of economic development within Montcalm County and the region.”

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Funeral Notices for June 24, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Challenges and progress in creating education for the 21st century

I was intrigued by a column in the June 14 Daily News by Sandy Main. She discussed what was required in the late 1800s to become a teacher. All anyone interested in teaching had to do was to score high enough on a teachers’ examination.

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Greenville school board OKs 2014-2015 proposed budget

The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education adopted a proposed $33.6-million budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

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OUR VIEW: Kennel owners have valid ordinance concerns

Montcalm County officials updated the county’s kennel ordinance last year with the goal of enacting stricter, more specific requirements to make kennel inspections easier for Animal Control officers. The updates went into effect this year for new kennel owners and will go into effect next year for current kennel owners.

From left, 2014 Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year Kennedy Cogsworth, first runner-up Rory Eldridge, Ericka Haag, Jacob Homich, Heidi Terry, and second runner-up Elizabeth Yelland, stand together Saturday evening in the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds Ash Building during the awards presentation for 2014 4-H’er of the year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gowen teenager selected as 2014 4-H’er of the Year

It all started with two fat, little pygmy goats, ‘Moo’ and ‘Oink.’ Seven years later, after learning to properly care for her two precious animal friends and so many others, Kennedy Cogswell has become a young leader of the local 4-H community.

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OUR VIEW: More taxes on gas is no solution for road repair

A week ago today, Michigan’s Legislature adjourned without voting on a solution for funding road repair. This is disappointing, to say the least, especially when you consider that Michigan spends less per driver on roads than any other state, but has some of the highest taxes at the pump as state constitution dictates most of the sales tax on motor fuel goes to schools and local governments.

Greenville this week was awarded an $8,000 grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation for maintenance work along the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail. The grant will help fund the recoating of railings along the boardwalk near Greenville Tool & Die on the south end of the city. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Greenville gets grant for work on Fred Meijer Flat River Trail

The city of Greenville was awarded an $8,000 grant last week from the Greenville Area Community Foundation for maintenance work along the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail. The grant will help fund the recoating of railings along the boardwalk near Greenville Tool & Die on the south end of Greenville.