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Carson Cox, 9, a third-grader at Baldwin Heights Elementary School, grabbed some fruit and worked his way through the salad bar during lunch on Friday. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Area students have a variety of fresh produce available at lunchtime

Some local schools are taking a step toward healthier lifestyles by offering a variety of fresh produce to students during lunch time. Because of the nutritional factor of fresh produce, schools have begun to serve many options to students in place of other non-nutritious items. John Klapko, director of dining services at Belding Areas Schools, said it is important to serve fresh produce because of the nutrients the fruits and vegetables give to the students.

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Area schools not using controversial ‘pink slime’

AFA Foods, which produces lean, finely textured beef (LFTB) that is most commonly known as “pink slime,” has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to the Associated Press (AP). The company’s Chief Executive Officer Ron Allen said in the affidavit that the company had been struggling for the past two years, but had a turnaround strategy in the works. However, due to media coverage of “pink slime,” there were consequences for the company.

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Belding City Council presented with tentative balanced budget

When presenting a tentative budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, Belding City Manager Randy DeBruine said, “The light is at the end of tunnel, but we are not through it yet.” At Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting, DeBruine said the proposed budget, which will be voted on by council members at the April 17 meeting, is balanced with the exception of $75,000 in legal fees concurred during the lawsuit against Electrolux.

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Revenue opportunity means change in Greenville waste water treatment plant expansion

Greenville’s waste water treatment plant will be able to receive and dispense leachate and septage once an expansion project is completed. During Tuesday night’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council allowed City Manager George Bosanic to issue a change order to the expansion project to include the construction of the proposed structure to receive and dispense leachate (liquid that extracts solutes, suspended solids or any other matter through which it passes) and septage (waste disposed through a facility’s plumbing system).

A shed, pickup truck and other "odds and ends" were lost in a fire Wednesday morning behind The Corner Market convenience store on Stanton Road east of Vickeryville Road.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Ferris Township man loses shed, truck in fire (Photo Gallery)

A shed, pickup truck and other “odds and ends” were lost in a fire Wednesday morning behind The Corner Market convenience store on Stanton Road east of Vickeryville Road. Property owner Dean Young, whose son manages the store, said he was working in the greenhouse around 7 a.m. behind the store when he heard “crackling” and “little banging” noises coming from outside.

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Funeral Notices for April 4, 2012

Funeral Notices for Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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OPINION: CC-C community’s silence is deafening

A recent public hearing about hiring a new Carson City-Crystal Area Schools superintendent was short and sweet — because no one was there. The CC-C school board is searching for a new superintendent. Bob Swanson retired last August and Duane Ellis is currently serving as interim superintendent. A public hearing was scheduled for March 29 to hear thoughts and opinions of local residents about what skills and qualities the next school leader should have. But no one attended the meeting.

Greenville junior Lexii Canterbury delivers a pitch during a game last season. She led the Yellow Jackets in strikeouts last year.

Yellow Jackets return young softball team

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls softball team will feature a young, but talented team in 2012. The Yellow Jackets have no seniors on their team, but does have five sophomores returning with a year of varsity experience behind them.

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Wildcats ready to improve on the baseball field

The Lakeview Wildcats baseball team went through some growing pains last season. A youthful team from last year will return this year for the Wildcats. Lakeview coach Ryan Vellanti is hoping a year of experience will help this season.

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CC-C ready for final season in CMAC

The Carson City-Crystal baseball team will be playing its final season in The Central Michigan Athletic Conference this spring and will be doing so with seven returning starters. The Eagles will join the Mid-State Activities Conference in the fall, but will be looking to go out on a winning note in the CMAC.