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A number of new businesses are opening in downtowan Stanton, including two floral shops, an ice cream shop, an irrigation supply store, an antique store and a beauty salon — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon .

Stanton seeing ‘a good amount of activity’ with several new businesses

Business is booming in downtown Stanton. Montcalm Alliance Executive Director Franz Mogdis reported to the Montcalm County Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee on Monday that many new businesses have opened in the past two months in downtown Stanton. Mogdis partially credited Stanton City Manager James Freed for the increase in business development.

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OUR VIEW: Welcome to Greenville, Mr. Pousak

Approachability, flexibility and communication. Those are the goals of the new director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety. And we couldn’t be more hopeful about this new chapter in local law enforcement.

Montabella’s Derek Martin, center, beats Central Montcalm’s Tyler Helms, left, and Carson City-Crystal’s Tyler Fisher during the 100-meter dash Tuesday.

Central Montcalm boys, CC-Crystal girls win track triangular

Central Montcalm’s boys track team and Carson City-Crystal’s girls team were winners in the first meet after spring break. The Green Hornet boys beat the Eagles and Montabella Tuesday with 85 points. The Mustangs had 45 and the Eagles scored 40.

The Crystal Township Board discussed ordinance 15A at the regular township board meeting Wednesday evening. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township Board still wrestling with issues surrounding ordinance

When it comes to deciding what to do with Crystal Township dock and boat ordinance 15-A , everything seems to revolve around one single question. “The big question to me is, how are we going to enforce this?” Crystal Township Board Supervisor Charlie Braman asked at Wednesday night’s township board meeting.

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Daily News staff pick up Associated Press honors

A first-place award for a series about small local businesses and entrepreneurship highlight several honors The Daily News received this week when the 2011 Michigan Associated Press Editorial Association contest results were announced. Daily News staffers were honored in four of the 18 contest categories, which encompass news and sports writing and photography, informational graphics and online blogs. The Daily News, with a circulation of approximately 7,000, is a Division I newspaper, which means it is measured against daily newspapers with a circulation of less than 15,000.

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Crystal Township Board votes against pursuing ethics policy

The idea of enforcing an ethical code of conduct for the Crystal Township Board to operate by won’t be happening anytime soon after the board voted to not consider pursuing the idea. Spearheaded by Trustee Jerry Stone, the ethics policy would have required the board to act under five main principles.

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Montcalm Area Intermediate School district makes move to BoardBook to save on paper and money

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) will be using an online program called BoardBook to help save money and time. During the MAISD Board of Education meeting Wednesday morning, the board and some staff participated in a conference call with Michael Elder, BoardBook marketing consultant, regarding how BoardBook works.

Stacey Lafferty, left, and Britney Nelson, both fifth-grade Lakeview Middle School students, helped Juanita “Grandma” Butler celebrate her birthday at the school Tuesday. — Courtesy photo

Grandma Butler, 97, honored for her work with Lakeview students

In 97 years, you do many things and meet many people. Juanita Butler of Lakeview, who turned 97 on Easter Sunday, was honored Tuesday morning at Lakeview Middle School for her help in the Foster Grandparent program at Lakeview Community Schools. Staff and students shared pink lemonade, cake and candy with “Grandma” Butler to celebrate her birthday.

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Ionia County commissioner to run for clerk

Ionia County Commissioner James Lower has announced his intention to run for Ionia County clerk. Lower, who resides in Ionia, will be running as a Republican. “Working with my colleagues on the board, I have achieved most of the goals I set out to accomplish when I ran for commissioner,” Lower said. “At this time I feel I can do more to improve our county by running for the county clerk position.”

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Funeral Notices for April 12, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, April 12, 2012