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Howard City area family loses dog in Wednesday fire

A dry Christmas tree is to blame for starting an early morning fire that left a family’s home a total loss. The Howard City Fire Department responded to a structure fire at about 7:49 a.m. Wednesday at 11687 N. Gordon Road in Newaygo.

Overall child well-being ranks of Michigan counties.

Kids Count releases information on area youth

The Kids Count in Michigan Data Book released the newest information regarding youth in the state. The information also ranked each county on the overall status of child well-being using indicators to help provide a larger picture.


Belding City Council passes fence, sign amendments, denies sidewalk amendment

During a first reading of three separate ordinance amendments Tuesday night at the Pere Marquette Depot, Belding City Council members voted through two of the amendments while closely voting down the third. The first amendment dealt with the zoning ordinance dealing with the issue of front yard fencing height.


Funeral Notices for Feb. 7, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

Greenville’s Colt Harrington, left, and Greg Krusniak sign National Letters of Intent to play college football on Wednesday. Harrington will play for Northwood, while Krusniak at Ferris State.

Greenville’s Harrington, Krusniak to play college footbll

National signing day is an unofficial holiday for college football fans. For football players signing National Letters of Intent, it’s a dream come true. On Wednesday, Greenville’s Colt Harrington and Greg Krusniak signed commitments to continue their football careers at the next level. Harrington — defensive lineman — signed with Northwood University, while Krusniak — tight end — signed with Ferris State University.

The Belding Redskins defeated Portland 52-30 to win a Division 3 team wrestling district title on Wednesday night at Vermontville Maple Valley.

Belding, Tri County win wrestling district titles

It was a pretty successful night on Wednesday for area wrestling teams. In addition to Central Montcalm, the Belding Redskins and Tri County Vikings took home district championships.


Central Montcalm sets record in winning district

Central Montcalm’s wrestling team not only is going down in the record books as a district champion, but also as the best team in school history. The Green Hornets won the Division 3 district they hosted Wednesday night by beating Shepherd 52-19 and Alma 44-27.


Greenville man arrested in Handy Market robbery case

A Greenville man was arrested Tuesday on charges related to the Handy Market robbery that occurred on Dec. 6.

Lincoln Heights Elementary School para-professional Casey Mumby works daily with students in the school’s Autism Spectrum Disorder program. Currently, there are 45 ASD students enrolled in the program. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Funding for special needs programs a complicated business

As most public school administrators will tell you, state and federal lawmakers are terrifyingly efficient when it comes to creating mandates for schools, yet somehow manage to disappear when it comes time to fund those mandates. With each mandate comes a new set of criteria; rules with which each school system must comply. Schools must provide each special education student a certain number of hours each day with a social worker, a para-professional, a speech therapist.


Greenville City Council OKs next step toward triathlon

In preparation for the June 1 Tri Greenville triathlon, the City Council approved certain street closures and temporary no-parking areas for the day of the event. During its meeting on Tuesday, the council reviewed plans by the triathlon’s committee to ensure safety for participants and volunteers during the triathlon on June 1.