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Longtime Montcalm County Commissioner Carl Paepke dies at age 86

Montcalm County has lost a legendary, longtime commissioner. Carl Paepke died Wednesday morning at his Pierson home after fighting lung cancer. He was 86 years old.

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Meetings in Brief: Maple Valley Township, March 12 and April 9

Read a brief report from recent Maple Township board meetings.

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Funeral Notices for April 19, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, April 19, 2012

Belding keeper Samm Parker dives for a save during Wednesday’s home game against Cedar Springs. The Red Hawks topped the Redskins 9-1.

Belding girls soccer team falls to Cedar Springs in O-K Blue matchup

The Belding Redskins are still trying to build a soccer program. Doing so against some top notch programs is a tough thing to do. On a mild Wednesday evening, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks cruised to a 9-1 O-K Blue victory over the Redskins at Rudness Field.

Members of Carson City Council, from left, Mayor Bruce Tasker, Carl Brune, Dan Cusack and Tom McCrackin, listen to a presentation about safety issues regarding the Carson City Regional Correctional Facility at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City Council listen to concerns raised by changes to prison regulations

New regulations created by the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) are creating concerns among residents of the Carson City community. Speaking on behalf of the Carson City corrections officers at Tuesday night’s Carson City Council meeting, former corrections officer and Belding resident Denny Craycraft pleaded with council members to consider drafting a resolution to send to the state against recent budget decisions made by the Michigan Department of Corrections.

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Woman, children escape Gowen-area daycare fire (Photo Gallery)

A woman and children at a Gowen-area daycare escaped a fire through the basement after the blaze broke through the attic and ground level of the house Tuesday afternoon. Spencer Township Fire Chief Alan Wright said firefighters responded to the fire around 5:20 p.m. at 13225 17 Mile Road.

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Meetings in Brief: Douglass Township, March 7 and April 4

Read a brief report from the March 7, 20120, and April 4, 2012, Douglass Township Board meetings.

The land being developed for a new athletic field at the Greenville Community Church is currently being leveled by Borek Digging and Snow Removal of Belding. Grass is scheduled to be placed in May. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Church, AYSO partner to build athletic fields open to Greenville community

A search for practice fields for a local sports organization turned into constructing a 10-acre athletic facility for the entire Greenville community to use. The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is teaming up with Greenville Community Church (GCC) to build an athletic facility that will include soccer fields, baseball fields, a skate park and more.

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Meeting in Brief: Pine Township, March 12, 2012

Read a brief report from the March 12, 2012, Pine Township Board meeting.

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Meeting in Brief: Cato Township, April 2, 2012

Read a brief report from the April 2, 2012, Cato Township Board meeting.