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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.


Funeral Notices for March 20, 2012

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Hubbardston Meeting in Brief for Feb. 14

Meeting in brief for the Hubbardston Village Council.


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.

Tobacco product packaging today looks similar to mints, lipstick and gum. (Daily News/Robin Miller)

Skittles, synthetics and salts: Drug trends discussed in Lakeview

An audience of about 40 gathered Tuesday evening at Lakeview High School to hear law enforcement officials and drug-free coalition members from Gratiot and Montcalm counties talk about the dangers of current drug trends. Teens and adults are turning to synthetic drugs when regular marijuana isn’t accessible and to avoid the legal ramifications. These drugs are marketed as everyday products — incense, potpourri, plant food and bath salts.


Funeral Notices for March 19, 2012

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Mary Louise Helwig fills plates with homemade cookies during a recent American Red Cross blood drive at St. Mary's in Carson City. (Daily News/Jessica Beery)

Longtime Carson City blood drive volunteer inspires others to give

Mary Louise Helwig has been a friendly face of humor and encouragement for more than 40 years in her hometown of Carson City. Helwig, 85, has been volunteering “every 56 days” for the American Red Cross blood drives at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Carson City Regional Correctional Facility.