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Meeting in Brief: Eureka Township

A brief report from the Feb. 13 Eureka Charter Township Board meeting.

Belding resident Denny Craycraft discusses the matter of the Veterans Memorial with Belding City Council members, from left, Joe Feuerstein, Mike Scheid, Andrea Belding and Ron Gunderson, during the public comment period at Tuesday night’s Belding City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Veterans Memorial to be built west of Pere Marquette Depot

After months of comparing sites, viewing designs, creating a sub-committee and receiving much input from members of the community in Belding, the new Veterans Memorial finally has a home. Members of the Belding City Council voted 4-0 during Tuesday night’s meeting to approve the area to the west of the Pere Marquette Depot building on Gibson Street as the future home of a Veterans Memorial in Belding.

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Meeting in Brief: Montcalm Township

A brief report from the Feb. 8 Montcalm Township Board meeting.

U.S. Navy Seebee Rachael Vestergaard gets her photo on the jumbotron at Joe Louis Arena during the Detroit Red Wings game on Feb. 8. — Courtesy photo

Ian White makes Red Wings game special for area family

One of the things Rachael Vestergaard wanted to do on her return trip home from Afghanistan was to attend a Detroit Red Wings game. The 2007 Central Montcalm graduate got her wish and made the trip on Feb. 8 to see the Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers. Thanks to Red Wings’ defenseman Ian White, the trip meant so much more.

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Hubbardston, Muir receive tree planting grants

The villages of Hubbardston and Muir have been awarded tree planting grants by Consumers Energy. Hubbardston received an $800 grant while Muir received a $3,000 grant.

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Opportunity Fair coming to Tri County Feb. 24

An “Opportunity Fair” will take place Friday at Tri County High School. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to eighth-grade and high school students and their parents.

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Big Rapids starts quick, stops Lakeview girls basketball

It wasn’t the performance the Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball team was hoping for in its final home game of 2012.
The Big Rapids Cardinals jumped to an 18-0 first quarter lead and went on to defeat the Wildcats 59-37 at home on Tuesday night.

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Montabella girls basketball ties school record with 15th win

Montabella’s girls basketball team has put themselves in the record books. The Mustangs tied a school record for wins in a season when they knocked off the Newaygo Lions 44-36 in the final regular-season game.

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Belding board OKs new bus purchases

Belding Area Schools (BAS) will be welcoming two new school buses next fall. The school board approved a motion during Monday night’s monthly meeting to purchase buses using bond funds. Going through the Michigan School Business Officials (MSBO) Bus Purchasing Program, the board voted to purchase the buses for $80,137 each from Capital City Bus Sales, the lowest of three bids provided to the board.

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Longtime Montabella leader set to retire

Ron Farrell has spent almost half a century in education. The longtime Montabella Community Schools administrator recently announced his retirement, which will be effective June 30. He’s worked in the Montabella school district for more than four decades, the same district where he grew up and attended school.