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Dramatic winter weather keeping Road Commission busy

Road commissions throughout Michigan have been going through winter budget revenue in rapid fashion, and the Road Commission for Montcalm County is no exception.

Because of a record corn harvest in the fall and freezing temperatures this winter, a high demand for propane has led to a shortage of the heating fuel. (Daily News/Curtis Wildfong)

Perfect storm creates propane shortage for many

As temperatures continue to plummet in the Midwest, so does the availability of propane for heating homes and businesses.

The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce announced its 2013 annual awards during a dinner event Thursday evening. The Marian Kemp Outstanding Citizen of the Year was given to Vi VanTil, far right. Dr. Peter Blinkilde, far left, and Dr. Steve Edwards, middle, of Town & Country Animal Clinic were given the Small Business Person of the Year. Also awarded was Rob Spohr of Montcalm Community College, who received the Coalition of Greater Greenville Spirit of Collaboration Award. Spohr was unable to attend the event.

Greenville Area Chamber recognizes local citizens, businesses for their efforts

The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce announced its annual honors for the 2013 year at a dinner event Thursday evening.

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SPORTS GALORE: Two-horse race in Big Ten

The Big Ten men’s basketball season is looking more and more like it will be a two-horse race through the beginning of March. Because of the Big Ten’s depth it was expected the regular season league champion could possibly have four and maybe even five losses.

Greenville’s Alex Budge grabs on to his opponent during the Greenville Invitational this season. Greenville will travel to Grand Rapids West Catholic tonight for the O-K Bronze tournament.

Yellow Jackets ready for O-K Bronze tournament

Wrestling’s second season begins tonight for the Greenville Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets travel to Grand Rapids West Catholic tonight, weather permitting, for the O-K Bronze Conference tournament.

Montabella’s Taylor Smith shoots between two Fulton defenders during the teams’ game Tuesday night.

Montabella’s Miller, Smith share chemistry

Sarah Miller and Taylor Smith have been playing girls basketball for Montabella for four years. In that time, the seniors have developed some knowledge of what each other is going to do.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: NASCAR going in reverse with Chase

NASCAR has never been a believer in “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In fact, even if something is working well, NASCAR teams will still try to get that extra tenth of a second off of lap times if they can.

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Funeral Notices — Friday, January 31, 2014

Funeral notices for Friday, January 31, 2014

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Public schools are a partnership we need to protect

I have now been writing this column at the invitation of The Daily News for about a year. It has been a challenge, a privilege and a pleasure. The greatest gift my parents gave to me was the joy of learning and a passion for education. Today I am concerned that public education, one of the greatest accomplishments in our country, is under attack. There are those who disagree with me and believe that it should be replaced by a system run by the private sector, usually with a goal of making money on the enterprise.

Guest View | Victoria Simon

GUEST VIEW: School choice means families choose

Do you want the best for your child? It seems every parent does. Every family wants children to be healthy, be happy and feel loved. Parents wants their children to have opportunities to succeed.