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Central Montcalm’s Kortney McKeown throws to first base during a recent game.

Host CC-Crystal wins softball tournament

Carson City-Crystal’s softball team may have a record below .500, but the teams they’ve played in their last two tournaments think the Eagles are really good. The Eagles won their own softball tournament Saturday, as they beat St. Louis 9-7 in nine innings and Central Montcalm 10-4.

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Ed Gilbert: Fly fishing bugs a bit early this year

Depending upon your fishing location in the state, you may find that some flies are early, on time, or even late. Of course, I make reference to Mayflies and caddisflies, which emerge over the trout streams or lakes about this time of year.

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Greenville to hire more teachers to reduce class size

Greenville Public Schools is looking to hire early elementary teachers to cut down on class size. The three to five additional teachers will allow the school’s staff to meet the needs of the students, according to Kori Crawford of the school’s Human Resources Department.

Belding’s Monica Baylis leads a pack of runners in the 1,600-meter run at the O-K Blue Conference meet Friday.

Sparta boys, Cedar Springs girls win O-K Blue meet

Belding’s track teams were the host for the O-K Blue Conference track meet Friday, but the stars were Sparta and Cedar Springs. The Spartans were the top boys team in the conference while the Red Hawk girls were tops on their side.

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Greenville girls win O-K White track title

It was an impressive performance for the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls track team on Friday night at Lowell High School. In addition to winning their first conference title since 1992 (the Seaway Conference) the Yellow Jackets had eight individuals earn all-conference honors.

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Funeral Notices for May 12, 2012

Read funeral notices for Saturday, May 12, 2012.

Crystal Township Board members voted Wednesday to approve a new resolution of a fire millage, allowing money to be spent on capitol improvements, but that resolution must be approved when the millage is up for renewal during regular Montcalm County primary election on Aug. 7. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township Board approves new resolution for fire millage

Efforts to build an addition to the Crystal Township Fire Department barn on Smith Street can finally make some headway – as long as township voters allow it to happen.

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Scott Brundage hired as Crystal’s Wastewater Facility administrator

The lone applicant for the position of Crystal Township Wastewater Facility administrator has officially been handed the job. Scott Brundage was unanimously hired by the Crystal Township Board at Wednesday night’s meeting.

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Multiple fire departments respond to Trufant barn fire (Photos)

Six fire departments responded to a fully involved fire at a barn that housed dairy cattle late Friday morning. The Maple Valley Township Fire Department was called to 477 Marble Road at 11:25 a.m. with a report that the roof of the barn was on fire.

Central Montcalm Band Director Matthew Reed teaches a middle school band class Thursday morning. The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education recently voted to eliminate Reed's position as part of nearly $1.5 million in budget cuts. Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm Public School adjusting to budget cuts

Last month, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education voted 4-3 to approve nearly $1.5 million in budget cuts. Superintendent Jake Helms estimates another $4,000 or $5,000 still needs to be cut. The district has lost 10 to 24 students per year in the last four years and is expected to see a similar or greater decline in enrollment for 2012-2013 year, according to Helms.