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$15 million road construction project coming to U.S. 131

A $15 million road construction project on U.S. 131 will begin Monday — and end six months later.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will resurface 12 miles of U.S. 131 from Cannonsville Road north to M-46.

Fireman from the Sheridan Community Fire Department works to spray areas after a majority of the fire is out. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Cause of woods fire unknown

FAIRPLAIN TOWNSHIP – Sheridan Community Fire Department was dispatched at 6:57 p.m. to a wooded area just east of Grow Road and south of Fenwick Road. Assistant Fire Chief Ed Lingeman said he is not sure what started the fire or what way the fire was traveling. “It looked bigger than it was,” Lingeman said [...]

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Funeral Notices for April 14, 2012

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Autism Awareness Month supporters hope to increase understanding of the disorder. “You get a lot of hard looks and judgments from other parents,” said Tosha Moore about her experiences with her autistic child in public. Moore’s 5-year-old daughter, Kailyn, was diagnosed with autism more than two years ago. Courtesy photo.

Parents of autistic children deal daily with hostility, lack of understanding

There’s nothing easy about life with an autistic child. The temper tantrums, lack of communication, inability to perform even the simplest task … all these are hurdles parents of autistic kids face every day. But the hardest thing is often something as simple as a trip to the grocery store.

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Second showing of GHS Collage Concert is Saturday (Photo Gallery)

Greenville High School students performed in the 23rd annual Collage Concert Friday night, performing musical numbers while entertaining a packed auditorium at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. Students will perform the show again tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. All vocal and instrumental groups of the high school music [...]

Belding sophomore Trevor Davenport (left), impersonating a leprechaun, runs from sophomore John Adame (center) and senior Alex Cowles (right) as they try to ‘catch his lucky charms’ during the Belding Band Follies show Thursday night at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Band Follies set to perform again Friday night (Photo Gallery)

Belding High School Band students performed in the annual Belding Band Follies show, performing musical numbers and comedy sketches while entertaining an audience at the BHS auditorium. Students will perform the show again tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 at the door.

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Health department details impact of last year’s budget cuts

Over the past 12 years, the Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD) has taken pride in exceeding the expectations of clients, according to Health Officer Kim Singh. These days, Singh says the MMDHD is struggling to provide adequate services, at best.

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Road Commission for Montcalm County searching for new managing director

The Road Commission for Montcalm County is looking for a new managing director. Randy Stearns, the longtime managing director for Montcalm County, retired on March 16. Stearns recently received a Merit Award at the County Road Association (CRAM)’s annual Highway Conference.

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Funeral Notices for April 13, 2012

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Belding’s Mariah Heintzelman gets ready to connect on one of her two hits in game two of the Redskins doubleheader win over GR West Catholic on Thursday.

Belding softball team tops West Catholic two more times

The Belding Redskins jumped out to great start in the O-K Blue Conference this week with three wins against no losses. The Redskins continued momentum from Tuesday’s 10-0 win at Grand Rapids West Catholic and won twice on Thursday against the same Falcons team at Demorest Field.