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After seven-and-a-half years as the city of Belding’s finance director/treasurer, Sam Andres has retired to spend more time at home with his wife, Mary. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Retiring finance director-treasurer says ‘time is right’

Like a veteran baseball player who has logged in thousands of at-bats at the plate nearing the end of their career, Sam Andres says “the time is right,” for him to retire. The city of Belding’s finance director/treasurer exited his office for the final time Thursday after seven-and-a-half years at the helm of the city’s finances.

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Funeral Notices — Friday, May 9, 2014

Funeral notices for Friday, May 9, 2014

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Greenville Planning Commission mulls decision to make upper-level occupancy downtown easier

The Greenville Planning Commission is discussing potential language changes to its downtown residency regulations to make it easier for “upstairs” rentals.

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MAKING THE GRADE: The way schools used to be?

This past week, I had the opportunity to hear Jamie Vollmer speak. He is the author of “Schools Cannot Do It Alone.” Readers may remember him better for “The Blueberry Story” that appeared in this column about a year ago.

The members of the Belding Robotics Team, seen here competing in a quarterfinal match, competed from April 23 to 26 at the Vex Robotics World Championship in Anaheim Calif., where they finished in the top 50 of more than 400 competing teams from across the world. — Courtesy photo

Belding finishes in top 50 at Vex Robotics World Championships

On the robotics world’s biggest stage, more than 2,000 miles from home, the Belding High School Robotics Team marched into Anaheim, Calif., and made an impression the students will never forget. Competing against more than 400 of the best Vex High School Robotics teams at the World Tournament from April 23-26, the five-member team fought through frustration, nervousness and adversity to finish among the top 50 teams.

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OUR VIEW: Area benefits from altruistic voters

A philanthropic culture of voting Tuesday saw the approval of all four proposals on the ballot.

Belding’s Brian Daller connects on a pitch, but flies to center field during the second inning on Wednesday at Fifth Third Ballpark against Cedar Springs.

Belding falls twice at Fifth Third Ballpark

The Belding Redskins, unfortunately, have been finding ways to lose baseball games this year. On Wednesday night, at Fifth Third Ballpark, the Redskins did more of the same in two nonconference losses to the Cedar Springs Red Hawks.

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Funeral Notices for May 8, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, May 8, 2014

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, May 7

Central downed twice: The Green Hornets lost both games of a doubleheader Tuesday to Holton, as the Red Devils mercied Central 10-0 in five innings and won the second 2-1…

Greenville freshman Landon Kemp attempts a pole vault during a meet at Yellow Jacket Stadium this season. Kemp set the school record with a vault of 11-7 on April 26. - Jamie McNinch

Greenville freshman sets pole vault record

It was just a matter of time before Landon Kemp set the Greenville High School girls pole vault record. The freshman, who has been pole vaulting since fifth grade, set the school record on April 26 at the Fulton Invitational with a vault of 11-7. The vault broke the previous record of 11-6 set by Audrey Wyse in 2013.