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Court security officer Bruce Schnepp screens a woman’s purse and laptop in the Montcalm County Court Complex in Stanton. The future of court security is unknown after a countywide law enforcement millage failed two weeks ago today. (Daily News/Cory Smith)

Montcalm County commissioners look for ways to save court security

Two weeks after a countywide law enforcement millage vote failed, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is still trying to find a way to retain court security. A 1 mill property tax increase which would have generated $1.564 million over five years for the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office failed on Feb. 28 with 4,205 “no” votes and 4,085 “yes” votes — a difference of 120 votes.

Shelly Westbrook has officially began her position as the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation director. There will be a meet and greet with Westbrook from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Spectrum Health conference room. — Daily News/ Kelli Ameling

Hospital’s new foundation director ready to meet community

A meet and greet is planned for Friday to welcome the new director of the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation. From 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the United Hospital conference room, the community will be able to engage in conversation at a meet and greet with newly named director Shelly Westbrook.

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New Ionia-Montcalm 4-H coordinator gone already

Ionia and Montcalm counties hired and then lost a new 4-H coordinator, all in the same week. Pat Dignum, a 4-H educator in the Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Office in Stanton, introduced new 4-H coordinator Justin Selden to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Feb. 27. Selden was set to coordinate 4-H activities part-time in each county.

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Funeral Notices for March 13, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Carson City-Crystal senior Meriah Gallagher, center, signs her letter of intent to play college softball at Indiana University Southeast on Monday. Included in the photo is, from left to right, Marc Gallagher, IU Southeast coach Todd Buckingham, CC-C coach Sam Jensen and Hazel Gallagher.

Carson City’s Gallagher signs letter to play college softball

All the hard work has paid off for Carson City-Crystal catcher/utility player Meriah Gallagher on Monday. Gallagher signed a letter-of-intent to play college softball for the Indiana University Southeast Grenadiers. IU Southeast is located in New Albany, Ind. and is close to the Kentucky border near Louisville, Ken.

Central Montcalm’s Alex Maxted defends a player from Reed City during a game this season. Maxted, a senior, was named to the CSAA second team this year.

Central Montcalm’s Maxted, Lakeview’s Root earn 2nd team league honors

A combined four Central Montcalm Green Hornets and Lakeview Wildcats were honored for their play on the basketball court last week. Hornets’ senior Alex Maxted and Wildcats’ senior Brad Rood were named to the CSAA second team while Hornets’ senior Jared Cilibraise and Wildcats’ sophomore Shawn Lindsey earned honorable mentions.

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Greenville schools project bids wrapping up

Greenville Public Schools (GPS) have awarded five bids from the bid package nine, which is the last bid package for the bond project. There are 18 bids total in bid package nine.

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SHORT TAKES: Michigan teams set for March Madness

When the Big Ten’s men’s basketball regular season ended with a three-way tie between Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, it was the hope of many folks in the area that the championship issue would be settled with a Big Ten Tournament Sunday showdown between MSU and Michigan.

Using a wireless controller unit, team members of the Belding High School Robotics Team will directly control their robot for a portion of competition this weekend competing against 78 other teams. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding robotics team to compete in national competition

Belding High School’s robotics team is about to compete on a national stage, but the skills they gained to get them there may carry them far beyond a high school competition. Through hours of hard work — most of them put in after school hours — five Belding students on two teams have earned the opportunity to compete in the U.S. National VEX Robotics Championship at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Omaha, Neb.

Trevor “Nutcake” Muir of Chris Cakes prepares pancakes at Grattan Academy’s third annual pancake breakfast on Saturday. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Pancakes fly through Grattan Academy for a good cause

Trevor “Nutcake” Muir took his place behind the specially designed eight-foot long griddle, and with a punch of a button and a careful sliding of his giant funnel, the pancake batter formed perfect circles on the hot surface. On the other side of the griddle, the boys and girls and moms and dads lined up shoulder to shoulder, with plates in hand, ready to catch the famous “flying pancakes.”