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Photos released of purse thieves at Big Rapids Meijer

The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Feb. 28 theft of a purse at the Meijer Store in Big Rapids. Surveillance camera footage shows the suspects as being a man and woman in their 50s.

Belding’s Charlene Kehoe, right, signs a letter of intent while her mother Lynn watches. Charlene will be playing soccer for Cornerstone University in the fall.

Belding’s Kehoe to play at Cornerstone

In the short time Belding has been playing varsity soccer, very few players have been able to play in college. Charlene Kehoe will be one of those, as she signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play for Cornerstone University.

Vestaburg’s Taylor Darmody goes up for a shot during a game this season. She earned second team MSAC honors this year.

Vestaburg’s Schuch, Darmody, Bissell all-MSAC

Three Vestaburg girls basketball players here honored by the Mid-State Activities Conference for their play this season. Emma Schuch was named to the all-MSAC first team, while Taylor Darmody was second-team and Lauren Bissell honorable mention.

Montabella sophomore Sarah Miller makes a move toward the basket during a game this season. Miller earned first team MSAC honors this year.

Montabella girls land four on all-MSAC

Montabella’s girls basketball team had a record-setting season and the rest of the Mid-State Activities Conference noticed. The Mustangs had four of their players named to the all-conference teams for their play this season.

Montabella’s Jemikal Papendick brings the ball up the court for the Mustangs this year. Papendick earned first team MSAC honors this year.

Helmer, Papendick lead five Mustangs with MSAC honors

A pair of three-year varsity basketball players led the Montabella Mustangs with first team Mid State Athletic Conference honors. Charley Helmer and Jemikal Papendick helped lead the Mustangs to a 15-win season and were awarded for their fine seasons. Jeramee Gilman, Travis Dunn and Josh Dailey also earned postseason honors.

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JUST IN: Greenville man dies from Jan. 13 arson injuries

A Greenville man has died from injuries related to an arson earlier this year. Dennis Vanderzand, 65, died Thursday. Vanderzand was rescued by officers from the Greenville Department of Public Safety after a fire was intentionally set at 313 E. Cass St. on Jan. 13. Officers later determined the fire had been intentionally set.

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Central Montcalm and Vestaburg to continue sharing food manager

“The first year is always the hardest year,” said Diane Mitchell about completing her first year as a dual food service manager for two neighboring districts. The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved a two-year agreement with Vestaburg Community School to job-share the position, extending a one-year trial period.

Belding Middle School teacher Lynn Mason addresses board members on the issue of privatizing the Belding Area Schools janitorial staff at Monday’s Belding Board of Education meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Protesters plea with Belding board to avoid privatization of custodians

As Belding Area Schools Board of Education members gathered for their monthly board meeting Monday night, they first had to walk past a handful of protesters with signs raised high in the air with a message to stop potential privatization of the school district’s janitorial staff. Board members were greeted by about 10 concerned individuals, dressed in yellow and carrying signs which read slogans such as “This is a people business” and “That’s not right!” at the Belding Administration Building.

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Kent County to provide equalization services for Montcalm County

Montcalm County has entered into a one-year agreement for Kent County to provide equalization services. The $65,000 contract began March 1 and will end March 1, 2013. Montcalm County paid Kent County $32,500 last week and will pay another $32,500 in October from the county’s general fund. In return, Kent County will provide up to 16 hours per week of equalization services.

Kevin Sweeney, left, is the new commander of the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, which covers Gratiot, Ionia and Montcalm counties. Brody Boucher, right, is the post’s new assistant commander. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Michigan State Police Lakeview Post has new commander, assistant

There’s a new duo in charge at the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post. Kevin Sweeney, 39, took over as post commander two weeks ago. He succeeds Andrea Nerbonne, who recently became director of the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety. Brody Boucher, 38, took on assistant commander duties Monday.