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Opportunity Fair coming to Tri County Feb. 24

An “Opportunity Fair” will take place Friday at Tri County High School. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to eighth-grade and high school students and their parents.

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Big Rapids starts quick, stops Lakeview girls basketball

It wasn’t the performance the Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball team was hoping for in its final home game of 2012.
The Big Rapids Cardinals jumped to an 18-0 first quarter lead and went on to defeat the Wildcats 59-37 at home on Tuesday night.

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Montabella girls basketball ties school record with 15th win

Montabella’s girls basketball team has put themselves in the record books. The Mustangs tied a school record for wins in a season when they knocked off the Newaygo Lions 44-36 in the final regular-season game.

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Belding board OKs new bus purchases

Belding Area Schools (BAS) will be welcoming two new school buses next fall. The school board approved a motion during Monday night’s monthly meeting to purchase buses using bond funds. Going through the Michigan School Business Officials (MSBO) Bus Purchasing Program, the board voted to purchase the buses for $80,137 each from Capital City Bus Sales, the lowest of three bids provided to the board.

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Longtime Montabella leader set to retire

Ron Farrell has spent almost half a century in education. The longtime Montabella Community Schools administrator recently announced his retirement, which will be effective June 30. He’s worked in the Montabella school district for more than four decades, the same district where he grew up and attended school.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 22, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012

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Retired Oak Park lieutenant chosen as Greenville’s new public safety director

The Greenville Department of Public Safety will have a new face as its leader starting at the end of March. The Greenville City Council confirmed the appointment of Michael Pousak as the city’s public safety director during its regular scheduled meeting Tuesday night.

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Roger Wills resigns from Belding City Council

With Belding City Council member Roger Wills’ empty seat to his left, Belding Mayor Ron Gunderson read a prepared statement to begin Monday night’s city council meeting announcing the official resignation of Wills from the council. “Yesterday, Mr. Wills tendered his resignation which became effective at this evening’s city council meeting,” Gunderson said. “While I am disappointed with his decision, I respect his wishes. That being said, I would like to officially thank Roger Wills for his 11 years of service on city council. Roger has been a valuable asset to this community and his talent and expertise will be sorely missed. I wish Roger and his wife Nancy all the best.”

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Central Montcalm schools consider anti-bullying policy

Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education members were introduced to a state-mandated anti-bullying proposal on Monday. The board will have 30 days to review it before voting on whether to accept it. The Bullying and Other Aggressive Behavior Toward Students policy will be brought back to the board at their March 19 meeting where they will vote on whether to accept it.

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Central Montcalm schools focus on superintendent search

Though the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education does the official hiring, board members want input from the staff and community on the qualifications they are looking for in the person who will replace Superintendent Jake Helms. Helms is retiring June 30. “We had sent out a survey to the staff to hear what they are looking for in a candidate,” Board Secretary Roxanne Switzer said. “We met today in a workshop to hear more, to hear their ideas.”