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Howard City Police Department merges with Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office

The police officers in this village are hanging up their blue uniform and donning a garment of brown. Today, the Howard City Police Department officially merges with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, bringing an end to the police department history of nearly six decades. It’s a noteworthy undertaking, unmatched by any other in county history, as far as Sheriff Bill Barnwell knows.

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Carson City Police Department on a community mission

The Carson City Police Department is placing a renewed focus on reaching out to the community it pledges to protect, now through the means of social media. On Feb. 18, Officer Jason Pattok created the official Carson City Police Department Facebook page, an online platform he hopes will serve as a tool to engage members of the community on a more regular basis.

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Funeral Notices – March 1, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Belding Robotics teammates high five each other during a tournament held in Belding earlier this month. Two of Belding's three robotics teams qualified for the state championships, which are Sunday at Michigan State University. (File photo)

State title on the line for Belding Robotics teams

The goal of every competitor is to pit themselves against the greatest in their field and this weekend the Belding robotics team will get a chance to do just that.

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Greenville Planning Commission approves downtown apartments

The Greenville Planning Commission approved a special use permit to a downtown business owner for two upstairs apartments.

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ROUNDUP: State wrestling tournament results

First round results from the MHSAA individual state wrestling tournament.

Guest View | Lynn Mason

GUEST VIEW: Questions still remain after prison escape

I was appalled at the escape of Michael Elliot, a convicted murderer, from Ionia’s maximum security prison. That night, our communities were put at risk.

Firefighters work to extinguish a house fire this afternoon at 1101 S. Crystal road in Crystal Township — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fire destroys Crystal Township home; residents, pets, escape safely

A husband and wife, their two adopted great-grandchildren and two pets, a dog and cat, safely escaped a house fire this afternoon that destroyed the majority of their home.
Firefighters from the Crystal Township Fire Department were dispatched at 4:16 p.m. Thursday to a structure fire at 1101 S. Crystal road.

Carson City-Crystal’s Tori Christiansen, right, tries to lay up on Pewamo-Westphalia’s Hannah Thelen during the teams’ Class C district semifinal Wednesday night.

CC-Crystal outduels Pewamo-Westphalia in semis

Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team used their signature defense to beat a very good team Wednesday night. The Eagles, ranked eighth in the state in Class C by The Associated Press, held the Pewamo-Westphalia (P-W) Pirates to just six points in the first half en route to a 34-21 win in the Class C district tournament.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Feb. 26

Belding 69, Ovid-Elsie 41: The Redskins advanced to the Class B district final with a road win on Wednesday over the Marauders. Belding outscored the Marauders 25-7 in the second quarter, which included an 18-2 run…