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Heavy fog slows drivers, prompts school delays, then closings

Dense fog throughout the area lead to several school closings this morning. Belding, Central Montcalm and Greenville public schools all closed for the day after heavy fog rolled in throughout West Michigan this morning. The National Weather Service said visibility was “reduced to nearly nothing” in certain places this morning. Dense fog advisories were in effect for West Michigan until 11 a.m.

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Big Rapids man gets prison for meth lab

A man was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison Thursday for operating a meth lab. Alan Miller III, 30, of Big Rapids, was charged with operating a meth lab, purchase of more than 12 grams of pseudoephedrine (typically used to relieve nasal congestion), possession of a police scanner during commission of a felony and driving while license suspended. He pleaded guilty to operating a meth lab.

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OUR VIEW: 4-H: To make the best better

We always look forward to the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. This year, there’s even more to be excited about.

Rose Red (Brandy Foster) at a press conference, telling of an encounter of a worm in an apple, as her friends and family excitedly stand by, waiting for her to become famous, in the MCC drama class production of “The Adventures of Rose Red (Snow White’s Less-Famous Sister)” showing Saturday and Sunday at the Barn Theater. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

PLAY REVIEW: ‘Rose Red’ aims to be as famous as her sister

“Snow White is one of the most famous fairy tales of all time. This story isn’t about her, but about her younger sister, Rose Red,” the narrator explains to the audience. “The Adventures of Rose Red (Snow White’s less-famous sister)” is presented by Montcalm Community College’s drama class, a comedy by Sean Abley that is suitable for all ages.

Greenville’s Chris Mickey brings the ball up the court during a game this season. Teammates Torrey Davis, left, and Greg Krusniak run the fast break with him.

Mickey, Somerfield named to O-K White first team

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team dominated the O-K White Conference this year. The Yellow Jackets finished 9-1 in the league (19-1 overall in regular season) and won their first league title since 1993, as members of the Seaway Conference.

Tony (Nathan Huyck) tries to convince both the Sharks and the Jets that they don’t need to rumble in “West Side Story,” presented tonight through Saturday at 7 p.m. by the Belding High School drama club. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

PLAY REVIEW: ‘West Side Story’ a tribute to former Belding teacher

According to Riff, the turf isn’t much, but it is all the Jets have, and they want to hold on to it. They don’t want the Puerto Rican Sharks moving in. Presented by the Belding High School drama club, “West Side Story” takes place in the mid-1950s and shows the rivalry between the two teenage street gangs. In the midst of the rivalry, Tony, from the Jets, crosses the racial barriers when he falls in love with Maria, part of the Sharks set.

Montcalm County will discontinue a contract with Recycle World on April 30. Recycle World currently maintains a recycling site at the corner of M-91 and Sidney Road in Montcalm Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County to stop using Recycle World site

Montcalm County officials are preparing to cut ties with Recycle World and establish six new unmanned recycling sites throughout the county. Montcalm County currently contracts with Recycle World, based out of a building at M-91 and Sidney Road in Montcalm Township. Recycle World is owned by Kevin Willemstein of Gowen, along with his son. They have four additional employees.

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Montcalm County dog census proves popular

The Montcalm County dog census amnesty period is well under way and the response has been overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin can’t handle the phone calls.

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Funeral Notices for March 15, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, March 15, 2012

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CC-C school board to vote on six-year terms

Like many school districts across the state, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools is taking a look at the length of school board member terms, after recent legislation mandating that school board elections happen only during November elections on even years.