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Firefighters battle blaze at Nelson’s Speed Shop (Video and Photo Gallery)

The owners of Nelson’s Speed Shop have experienced another devastating fire that destroyed their business. At about 1:30 a.m. this morning, Montcalm Township Fire Department was dispatched to Nelson’s Speed Shop on M-91 in Montcalm Township for a structure fire.

Torrey Davis of Greenville goes up for a shot against Hudsonville’s BJ VanLoo on Thursday at Cornerstone University.

Greenville grads compete in high school all-star game

Putting together a collection of the best area high school basketball players made everyone want to win that much more. On Thursday, the 6th Annual Champions of Character All-star Basketball Classic took place at Mol Arena at Cornerstone University. The two-day event featured the best current college or professional and high school players for both boys and girls.

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Coach happy with Montabella baseball season

Even though Montabella’s baseball team finished the season under .500, coach Matt Hynes was happy with the season. The Mustangs were 11-19-1 on the season, including a 6-9-1 record in the Mid-State Activities Conference. That record was good enough to tie for third in the conference with Vestaburg.

Central Montcalm’s Sadie Rowland delivers a pitch during a game against Vestaburg this season.

CM softball gains experience this year

Sometimes a young softball team can surprise the coach with their play. Then again, they can frustrate a coach because of their youth.

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OUR VIEW: Casinos and the Constitution

There’s a Citizens for Michigan Jobs petition campaign to get a proposal on the November ballot amending Michigan’s Constitution allowing eight new private casinos. It would be a statewide vote amending the constitution to specify new casinos to be located in designated communities. This would be in addition to the 22 Indian casinos already operating and the three private casinos in Detroit.

Belding High School Principal Brett Zuver discusses the new iPad program being implemented at Belding Area Schools, which will bring 1,300 iPads to the district for students and faculty. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Schools embracing technologies for students, faculty and parents

For incoming Belding High School freshman Kyle Mansfield, his experience in high school will be like nothing any student before him has had the chance to experience. The 13-year-old, an avid user of technology devices such as iPods, computers and, of course, the Internet, will enter an era of education in Belding geared toward placing the capabilities that technology offers directly into his hands in a classroom setting. Come autumn, Belding Area Schools will provide iPad devices for every student in grades 6-12 for the entirety of the school year to use in the classrooms and at home.

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Races get rained out at Crystal Motor Speedway

Saturday had a great start weather-wise, but as race time approached, what started out as a small storm over Lake Michigan began to grow and just as it approached the track, exploded into a virtual monsoon and dumped too much water for the track and pits to absorb in a timely manner and track officials called the event.

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CC-C school board welcomes new superintendent

The Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to approve a contract for new Superintendent Kevin Murphy. Murphy is the former superintendent of Houghton Lake Community Schools, about 100 miles north of Carson City.

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MEETING IN BRIEF: Pine Township

A brief report from the April 11 Pine Township Board meeting.

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MEETING IN BRIEF: Maple Valley Township

A brief report from the June 11 Maple Valley Township Board meeting.