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JUST IN: Greenville man dies from Jan. 13 arson injuries

A Greenville man has died from injuries related to an arson earlier this year. Dennis Vanderzand, 65, died Thursday. Vanderzand was rescued by officers from the Greenville Department of Public Safety after a fire was intentionally set at 313 E. Cass St. on Jan. 13. Officers later determined the fire had been intentionally set.

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Central Montcalm and Vestaburg to continue sharing food manager

“The first year is always the hardest year,” said Diane Mitchell about completing her first year as a dual food service manager for two neighboring districts. The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved a two-year agreement with Vestaburg Community School to job-share the position, extending a one-year trial period.

Belding Middle School teacher Lynn Mason addresses board members on the issue of privatizing the Belding Area Schools janitorial staff at Monday’s Belding Board of Education meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Protesters plea with Belding board to avoid privatization of custodians

As Belding Area Schools Board of Education members gathered for their monthly board meeting Monday night, they first had to walk past a handful of protesters with signs raised high in the air with a message to stop potential privatization of the school district’s janitorial staff. Board members were greeted by about 10 concerned individuals, dressed in yellow and carrying signs which read slogans such as “This is a people business” and “That’s not right!” at the Belding Administration Building.

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Kent County to provide equalization services for Montcalm County

Montcalm County has entered into a one-year agreement for Kent County to provide equalization services. The $65,000 contract began March 1 and will end March 1, 2013. Montcalm County paid Kent County $32,500 last week and will pay another $32,500 in October from the county’s general fund. In return, Kent County will provide up to 16 hours per week of equalization services.

Kevin Sweeney, left, is the new commander of the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, which covers Gratiot, Ionia and Montcalm counties. Brody Boucher, right, is the post’s new assistant commander. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Michigan State Police Lakeview Post has new commander, assistant

There’s a new duo in charge at the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post. Kevin Sweeney, 39, took over as post commander two weeks ago. He succeeds Andrea Nerbonne, who recently became director of the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety. Brody Boucher, 38, took on assistant commander duties Monday.

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Funeral Notices for March 20, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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Hubbardston Meeting in Brief for Feb. 14

Meeting in brief for the Hubbardston Village Council.

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Business briefs

New bar is a place for everyone to go GREENVILLE — Kelly Stapp’s new business – Turn the Page Bar & Burgers – may say “bar,” but since opening the new business March 8, she has been working to make it into a fun place for adults, families and young adults alike. What once was [...]

A native of Escanaba, Ken Thorbjornsen uses a 100-year-old recipe to make his pasties at his new business, Nee-Nee’s Pastees, in Belding. The pasty shop is in the former Belding Brothers’ Cafe building, where Belding Apothecary is now, as well.

Thorbjornsen brings taste of the U.P. to Belding with new business, Nee-Nee’s Pastees

BELDING — Call it a “Yooper miner’s power bar,” or a Hot Pocket without the heart attack, or even a meaty candy bar. Just don’t call it a “pace • tee” or mistake it for a pastry. Ken Thorbjornsen’s name for his new pasty shop in Belding helps those not familiar with the traditional Upper [...]

The Fellowship Baptist Academy the Falcons won its first Michigan Association of Christian Schools Division 1 state title since 2006. (Courtesy photo)

Fellowship Baptist Academy wins state basketball title

The Fellowship Baptist Falcons girls basketball team won its schools second state title with a 49-45 victory over Rochester Hills Christian school on March 3. After losing in the state semifinals the past two years, the Falcons won its first Michigan Association of Christian Schools Division 1 state title since 2006.