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OUR VIEW: Synthetic drugs: An addictive topic

The dangers of synthetic drug use are being discussed by more and more people. We need to keep talking about it. A Greenville High School student was brought to the hospital last Thursday morning after he became ill from smoking marijuana laced with either “K2” or “Spice,” both types of synthetic drugs commonly known as herbal incense.

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Montcalm County’s equalization report shows stability

United Solar Ovonic (USO) has a major influence on Montcalm County’s taxable value this year — but the numbers are misleading. Montcalm County entered into a shared services agreement with the Kent County Equalization Department in March.

Belding’s Makayla Boss lays down a bunt during the second game of a doubleheader against Coopersville Tuesday.

Belding softballers split with Coopersville in O-K Blue

Belding softball coach Mikayla Linebaugh was happy to get a split of a doubleheader, which wouldn’t normally be the case. But her Redskins handed the Coopersville Broncos their first O-K Blue Conference loss of the season Tuesday in the second game of the doubleheader 8-7 after losing the first game 8-3.

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Meeting in Brief: Montcalm Township, April 11

Read a brief report for the April 11, Montcalm Township board meeting

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Meeting in Brief: Fairplain Township, April 2

Read a brief report from the April 2 Fairplain Township meeting.

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Meeting in Brief: Eureka Township, April 12

Read a brief report from the April 12 Eureka Township board meeting.

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Lakeview State Police post a drug drop-off location

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview post will be open on Saturday as a drop-off location for unwanted prescriptions. Saturday has been designated as National Take-Back Initiative where all unwanted prescription drugs can be brought to be dispose of properly by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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Stanton man pleads guilty to car theft

A Stanton man is facing prison time after pleading guilty to stealing a vehicle. James Whitney, 30, was charged with unlawfully driving away an automobile (UDAA), leaving the scene of an accident and driving while license suspended. He pleaded guilty Monday in 64B District Court to UDAA — a five-year prison felony — and driving while license suspended.

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Hubbardston Village Council minutes for April 10, 2012

Read the minutes from the April 10, 2012, Hubbardston Village Council meeting.

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Central Montcalm school board OKs $1.5 million in cuts

Five teachers, the assistant principal/athletic director, the curriculum director and others are losing their jobs as a result of nearly $1.5 million in budget cuts at Central Montcalm Public School. School Board President Doug Bowen, Vice President Bill Simpson, Secretary Roxanne Switzer and board member Mike Barnwell voted in favor of $1,491,148 in budget cuts. Board members Bill Collins, Todd Giles and Mark Grossbauer voted against the cuts.