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Carson City-Crystal student expelled for drugs

The Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education expelled a middle school student for a drug-related offense. The decision was made Monday night during a closed session of the regular school board meeting.

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Spectrum Health United Hospital Heart and Vascular Center opens

The Spectrum Health United Hospital Heart and Vascular Center officially opened its doors to existing and new patients on May 8. West Michigan Heart and Spectrum Health Medial Group nationally recognized specialists will provide comprehensive heart and vascular services from prevention and diagnosis to treatment in the recently renovated facility.

One Book One County program features "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand."

2012 One Book One County selection to appeal to all readers

Beatles music played in the background and a bountiful tiered tower of treats and tea set the scene of a traditional English tea party, which represented the theme of One Book One County 2012. As guests entered Wednesday’s opening kickoff event at the M-TEC on Montcalm Community College’s Greenville Campus they saw lovely tables dressed with linens and teatime accoutrements. Flags representing Great Britain and Pakistan decorated the walls with traditional English art carefully placed around the room. All were set up to keep the guests guessing what this year’s book will be. This year the book is “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson.

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Funeral Notices for May 17, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, May 17, 2012

Belding City Council members voted to bid out a construction project budgeted at $30,000 to repair the sidewalks along the Ashfield Street Bridge in Belding at Tuesday night's Belding City Council meeting. The bridge, constructed in 1995, has several areas such as the one pictured above that are not considered safe for pedestrian traffic. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding City Council adopts budget for 2012-2013; OKs bridge repair

Members of Belding City Council officially adopted a balanced budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year during Tuesday night’s Belding City Council meeting. After being first proposed in April and having gone through several revisions, the final version of the budget was presented to council members by City Manager Randy DeBruine Tuesday night and voted through by council members with a 5-0 vote.

Eric and Jasmine Elliott are pictured with Eric's mother, Deb Elliott (at far right), the Elliott children Dayton, 4 (holding his mother Jasmine's hands), Damion, age 8 months old (being held by grandmother Deb) and Kaytlynn, 3 (Deb's granddaughter). Eric is holding the family dog, Shotty. - Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

‘Army of angels’: Community helps Hubbardston family after house fire

Members of this small community are banding together to help a young family after their home and all their belongings were destroyed in an electrical fire. The Hubbardston Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at 607 N. Washington St. in Hubbardston around 5:30 p.m. May 9. The Carson City Fire Department assisted.

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Burglar breaks into vacant home, leaves behind MSU baseball cap

Police are looking for someone who broke into and vandalized a vacant house, leaving a Michigan State University baseball cap behind. Michigan State Police Trooper James Yeager responded to a malicious destruction of property complaint in the 11000 block of Jessup Road.

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OUR VIEW: Commence with commencement

It is graduation season, and graduation days are time markers in our lives. The seasonal term for graduation is commencement, meaning a beginning. But it’s no less important to understand that it is also a time of conclusion, an ending.

A Howard City auto repair shop was destroyed in a fire Tuesday afternoon. The Howard City Fire Department responded to Mot's Motors at 20021 Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) north of Howard City shortly before 5 p.m. — Courtesy photo/Ken Kool

Howard City auto repair shop destroyed by Tuesday afternoon fire

A Howard City auto repair shop was destroyed in a fire Tuesday afternoon. The Howard City Fire Department responded to Mot’s Motors at 20021 Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) north of Howard City shortly before 5 p.m. According to Fire Chief Randy Heckman, the owner of the store was doing grind work in the back of the building, then went up front to help a customer.

A view north from the M-82 overpass just west of Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

U.S. 131 construction project well under way (Photo Gallery)

A $15 million road construction project on U.S. 131 is well under way. The Michigan Department of Transportation is resurfacing 12 miles of U.S. 131 from Cannonsville Road north to M-46. Traffic is being maintained on U.S. 131 at all times using crossovers, which were constructed last year.