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Elizabeth Conklin, a Central Montcalm fifth grader, works the shuttle in a hands-on weaving demonstration, which was one of several participatory activities added to this year’s Central Montcalm Education Showcase. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Central Montcalm students ‘show off’ for community (Photo Gallery)

Elizabeth Conklin worked the shuttle back and forth between the threads, weaving on the giant loom. The frame held three looms, and was one of several on-hands demonstrations set up at the 38th annual Central Montcalm Public School Education Showcase on Friday night at the high school/middle school complex.

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Funeral Notices March 26, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices Monday, March 26, 2012

Carson City-Crystal’s Mikayla Duflo, right, defends a player from Morley Stanwood during the Class C regional semifinal game at Kent City. Duflo earned first team CMAC honors as a freshman.

Duflo, Schneider lead four Eagles with CMAC honors

The honors keep coming in for the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team. Of the eight players on the team at the beginning of the season, four were named as all-conference in the Central Michigan Athletic Conference.

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Three CC-C boys earn all-CMAC honors

Despite a lack of wins, Central Michigan Athletic Conference coaches thought enough of three Carson City-Crystal boys basketball players to make them all-conference. Seniors Maxxton Jolls and Isaac Torres and junior Brann Schmitt were named to the all-conference team.

Belding graduate Taylor Johnson tries to squeeze through the lane during a game for Central Michigan University. The sophomore just earned an honorable mention in the MAC for the 2011-2012 season.

Belding’s Taylor Johnson finishes up second year at CMU

Belding’s Taylor Johnson just finished her second season as a member of the Central Michigan women’s basketball team. It was season of fun, full of learning experiences and heartbreak. It was season of fun, full of learning experiences and heartbreak. The Chippewas began the season with four consecutive losses. They put together a streak of 11 wins in 14 games and finished with a seven game winning streak before two heartbreaking one-point losses ended their season.

The sight of Belding’s former softball field, which will soon be the home of the Redskins baseball team.

Belding softball teams works around construction

The spring practice schedule has been a little different this year as opposed to past seasons for the Belding Redskins softball team. Because of new field construction at the high school the Redskins have been practicing at Demorest Field and not at the high school. They will also play their regular season games there, as well.

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

MAUREEN BURNS: The color of white lies

My friend was out to dinner with his 14-year-old granddaughter. They talked about how the food wasn’t very good and they’d give it about a C minus. Right then the waitress came by and asked how their food was. My friend said, “Oh, good, thanks.” When the waitress left, his granddaughter looked at him and said sweetly, “It’s OK, Grandpa, I lie sometimes too.”

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Greenville Public Schools construction project on schedule (Photo Gallery)

The Greenville Public Schools bond project is coming along well, but there are still many things to finish before the new school year begins. “At this point, I am only hearing excitement,” said Superintendent Pete Haines of comments made by school officials. “Certainly, much focus is on the stadium, which has our athletes and band members all a buzz.”

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Appoint vs. elect for county Road Commission?

The question of whether road commissioners should be elected or appointed continues to be debated in Montcalm County. Gov. Rick Snyder recently approved an amendment to Public Act 156, which would allow a county board of commissioners to ask voters to decide whether the powers, duties and functions of an elected board of county road commissioners should be transferred to the county board of commissioners.

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OUR VIEW: State universities should reveal more

Academic freedom, economic strife and responsible stewardship. Michigan State University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan have all come under scrutiny for allegedly stepping on some state legislative toes.