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Nutritionist Jill Jayne had the Belding Middle School student body singing and dancing about healthier eating habits Wednesday afternoon during a one-hour assembly. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rock ’n’ roll nutritionist delivers healthy message to students (VIDEO)

Belding Middle School was rocking away Wednesday afternoon to the theme of healthier lifestyles when “rock star nutritionist” Jill Jayne performed a one-hour show dedicated to nutrition education. Students were up and out of the bleachers in the school gymnasium as Jayne had students dancing and singing to songs about healthier eating habits in a rock ’n’ roll approach to communicating a healthier message.

Ron Price

Montcalm Township appoints new trustee

The Montcalm Township Board has hired a new trustee to fill a position until the Nov. 6 election. Ron Price was appointed to the trustee position during the township board’s regular meeting on April 18.

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Drug trends program May 8 at Montabella

Montabella Community Schools will host a current drug trends presentation at 6 p.m. May 8 at the junior/senior high gymnasium. The presentation will take place before the band concerts.

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Funeral Notices for April 26, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Carpool parking in Greenville explored

A possible ride-share or carpooling parking lot is in the works with the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee. During the committee’s quarterly meeting Wednesday night at the Courtland Township Hall, Montcalm County Commissioner Tom Lindeman of Greenville discussed the possibility of having ride-share parking at the Meijer store in Greenville.

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Counseling offered at Greenville Middle School

A new counseling program will be offered to Greenville Middle School students to target issues at that age group. After receiving a grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation, Greenville Middle School was able to team up with Community Hope Christian Counseling and Mental Health Center in Greenville to offer programs such as substance abuse prevention.

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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