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James Lower

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

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Annual Belding Band Follies set for Thursday and Friday

It is that time of year again for the annual Belding Band Follies at Belding High School (BHS). Come support the Belding band program at 7 p.m. today and Friday in the Belding High School auditorium as the BHS Band performs the annual Band Follies show.

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911 dispatchers do it every day and find the experience ‘gratifying’

The abused child crying on the other end of the line; the hysterical mother of a baby who has stopped breathing; the wails of the accident victim pinned behind the wheel of her car … all these haunt the waking hours of 9-1-1 emergency operators. They perform what is often a thankless, stressful job, but from April 8-14, these dispatchers are being honored during National Public Safety Telecommunicator Appreciation Week.

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3 county officials give back 2 percent of salary

More than 50 Montcalm County employees are being required to take five furlough days this year as part of last year’s $1.3 million in countywide budget cuts. Elected officials were exempt from the cuts, as the wages of elected officials cannot be lowered during their term of office.

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OUR VIEW: Schools stepping up for kids’ health

Kids who eat breakfast and lunch not only are healthier, but they’re also better able to focus and learn. The hard truth is, though, there are more kids than we know who don’t get these basic meals. Our local schools have done a fantastic job in stepping to the plate when it comes to making sure their students are fed — opening up these first two meals of the day for those who might not have enough food at home.

Ron Finegood

Stanton attorney argues for local judges in Ionia, Montcalm counties

A local attorney is proposing one local judge each serve the 8th Judicial Circuit Court district for Montcalm and Ionia counties. However, Montcalm County commissioners are unimpressed with the idea. Ronald Finegood of Stanton originally submitted his proposal to the Board of Commissioners on March 27. The matter was referred to the Law Enforcement & Courts Committee, which convened Monday.

Greenville sophomore Nikota Howe swings through her first home run during Tuesday’s 16-0 win over Lansing Sexton at home.

Canterbury, Howe lead Yellow Jackets victory

The only thing hot on Tuesday afternoon in Greenville was the pitching of Alyssa Canterbury and hitting of Nikota Howe. Canterbury threw a no-hitter while Howe smacked two home runs and drove in seven RBIs in Greenville’s 16-0 four-inning win over the Lansing Sexton Big Reds at home.

Greenville’s Austin Sherman delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s home game against Lansing Sexton. The Yellow Jackets won 15-5 in five innings.

Greenville takes advantage of Sexton errors

It wasn’t a pretty win by the Greenville baseball team, but it was a win nonetheless. The Yellow Jackets took advantage of seven Lansing Sexton errors to mercy the Big Reds 15-5 in five innings Tuesday afternoon in a doubleheader shortened to one game because of weather.

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Montcalm Community College board OKs 5 to 7 percent tuition hike

Montcalm Community College (MCC) will raise its tuition cost by 5 percent for in-district students and 7 percent for out-of-district students starting in the fall semester. During the MCC Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night, the board approved the tuition increase but noted tuition rates will still be under the state average for Michigan community colleges. “It has taken up a lot of discussion (throughout the administration),” said MCC President Robert Ferrentino.