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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.

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New no-parking signs on some Greenville streets

Residents in Greenville will see new no-parking signs on local streets around Spectrum Health United Hospital.

During the Greenville’s regular scheduled meeting Tuesday night, the council approved to have no-parking signs placed on streets around United Hospital to address safety concerns.

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Ionia-Montcalm Drug Court receives $50,000 grant to help program

The 8th Judicial Circuit Court’s drug court is going strong in Ionia and Montcalm counties. Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger obtained a $20,000 one-year planning grant from the Michigan Supreme Court in the fall of 2010. The grant allowed Kreeger to hire Kristi Jeffrey to coordinate drug court. When the grant ex-pired, Jeffrey continued to donate her time.

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Funeral Notices for May 16, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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Lowell downs Belding in nonconference golf matchup at Candlestone

A stiff wind that was blowing around Candlestone Golf and Resort didn’t help Belding’s golf team beat Lowell. The Red Arrows shot a team score of 165 to the Redskins’ 190 at Candlestone Tuesday.

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Ash daughter agrees to pay $4.3 million in estate taxes, drops lawsuit

Local charity officials can breath a sign of relief — Jennifer Ash has decided to pay her mother’s estate taxes. Jennifer Ash of Connecticut announced Thursday — the day the taxes were due — that she will release $4.3 million from her father Stanley Ash’s qualified terminable interest property (QTIP) fund to pay Blanche Ash’s estate taxes. Jennifer Ash also dissolved the lawsuit regarding who should pay the taxes.

Grattan Township Board members, from left, Trustee Dennis Heffron, Trustee Paul Knoerl, Clerk Jim Fues, Supervisor Frank Force and Treasurer Sabrina Freeman discuss items on the township agenda during a monthly township board meeting Monday night. — Daily News/Cory Smith 

Grattan Township looking for new zoning officer

As of June 1, Grattan Township will be without a zoning enforcement officer, and members of the Grattan Township Board are hoping someone who is qualified will come forward and fill the position. Current Zoning Enforcement Officer Al Darzniak is resigning from the position and after Monday night’s monthly township board meeting, board members decided the position needed to be filled by someone “out of house.”

Grattan Academy junior Tiffany Hopkins, 16, will attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and Crime Scene Investigation this July. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Grattan Academy junior to attend law and CSI leadership program

A Grattan Academy junior is getting an opportunity to attend a week-long forum about law and crime scene investigation (CSI) after being nominated and receiving an invitation. Tiffany Hopkins, 16, will attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and CSI taking place in July in Washington, D.C.