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OUR VIEW: Commissioners cutting insurance a nice gesture

Our commissioners have been looking at their own compensation and health insurance since the results of a 19-county survey were released last year. Montcalm County is home to the second-highest paid commissioners compared to six neighboring counties. Our commissioners earn an annual salary of $8,331. The chairman of the board and the chairman of the Finance & Personnel Committee earn an annual salary of $9,5811.

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’67 GHS grad inducted to MITCA Hall

Back in the late 1960s when Greenville High School didn’t have a track, Paul Christiansen ran track for the Yellow Jackets. “The current high school, they didn’t have a track so we ran around the parking lot,” Christiansen said.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 29, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012

Part-time court security deputy Bruce Schnepp checks over Greenville resident Antonio Stewart during his visit to the Montcalm County Court Complex. Schnepp, along with two other court security officers, are expected to lose their jobs with the failing of the law enforcement millage.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County law enforcement millage fails

Montcalm County sheriff’s officials were in a somber mood Tuesday night as a law enforcement millage was narrowly shot down by voters. A 1 mill property tax increase request lost 4,205 to 4,085 – a difference of only 120 votes. The millage passed in Belvidere, Cato, Eureka, Home and Sidney townships, the city of Carson City, the city of Stanton and three of four precincts in the city of Greenville. The millage failed in Bloomer, Bushnell, Crystal, Douglass, Fairplains, Ferris, Maple Valley, Montcalm, Pierson, Pine, Reynolds, Richland and Winfield townships. The millage passed in one Evergreen Township precinct and failed in another. It tied in Day Township.

Colton Boehm of Greenville, left, looks for a rebound on Tuesday night at Kenowa Hills.

Greenville boys basketball finishes regular season with 19 wins

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team was looking to get back on track after their first loss of the season on Saturday. They were looking to attack, they were looking to pressure and they were looking to run. They did just that.

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Eureka Township road millage renewed by voters

The residents of Eureka Township voted to renew the township’s road millage. Tuesday night, 386 people voted to renew the millage, while 308 voted the millage down.

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Howard City family remembers Gladstone man as ‘loving and caring’

John Reniff was in Howard City for his grandmother’s birthday party Sunday. He and his girlfriend, Melissa Ballard, were leaving the Tour Inn Motel to go to his grandmother’s house just a few blocks away. Just a mile south, a female driver allegedly on drugs had caused one accident and was about to cause another that would take Reniff’s life.

Once a classroom nuisance, cell phones are becoming educational tools for many schools at the elementary, high school and collegiate levels. However, some school officials still see cell phones as a distraction and have adopted strict rules to keep students from using them during class. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Area schools’ technology policies evolve to embrace cell phones and other devices

Cell phones and electronic devices — once considered contraband in schools — are now being viewed as educational tools. But some still believe they are a distraction and a discipline issue. Following Central Montcalm Public School’s laptop distribution in 2010 and 2011, other schools are headed in similar directions. Greenville Public Schools officials are currently testing smart phones for educational purposes and Vestaburg Community School officials are looking into tablets.

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(GALLERY) 4 injured in Belding area roll-over accident

Four people were injured after the car they were riding in lost control and rolled into a cornfield Tuesday.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Clayton Thomas, left, and Deputy Charlie Mahar, right, examine a stolen 1998 Chevrolet two-door vehicle. — Courtesy photo

Teenager arrested after confessing to stealing car

A 14-year-old male was arrested for unlawful driving away of an automobile early Monday morning after authorities responded to the Half Moon Lake Hotel on a report of a stolen vehicle. While Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating the incident at the hotel around 2:30 a.m., a caller reported a male subject, described as wearing a black hoodie, and said he was running eastbound in the area of Janet Drive.