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Funeral Notices for Jan. 23, 2014

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Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore discusses the topic of Belding’s trial four-day work week for city employees Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding four-day work week extended another six months

The six-month experiment of a four-day work week for city employees in Belding is here to stay — at least for another six months. At Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting, City Manager Meg Mullendore requested that council members approve the four-day work week as a “permanent structure” Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, right, and Councilman Lloyd Scoby review a map of a rezoning request made to the city. The rezoning plan will set up part of the city  — essentially a one-block area surrounding the downtown — for upstairs apartments above retail stores, while also placing design standards for new commercial buildings. That area was previously zoned C-1, or neighborhood commercial and will now fall under mixed use development. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville City Council OKs zoning changes

The Greenville City Council on Monday approved two zoning changes that will allow for additional uses in certain areas as outlined in the 2012 Master Plan. Council unanimously adopted a rezoning plan, which will set up part of the city — essentially a one-block area surrounding the downtown — for upstairs apartments above retail stores, while also placing design standards for new commercial buildings. That area was previously zoned C-1, or neighborhood commercial and will now fall under a mixed use development (MUD).

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SHORT TAKES: It’s about time to take the plunge

Is your skin feeling dry and itchy from too much confinement indoors from the inordinate winterizing we’re enduring this year? Why not fight back, go wild, and step up to this winter’s Polar Plunge challenge. It’s at Turk Lake this year, at 3 p.m. on Feb. 8. The Turk Lake Tavern and Bar will be hosting the event to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

Smyrna Bible Church Pastor Mike Jones, back left, is pictured last summer with his family, from left; back row, Telson and Blessing; middle row, Azariah, Aletheia, Talitha and wife Tina; and in front Isabella. Mike Jones died suddenly Sunday at his home at age 46. — Courtesy photo

Community mourns death of Belding pastor

The final slide of what would have been Pastor Mike Jones’ sermon Sunday morning asked his congregation one question: “What does my faith tell the world?”

John Vogl, 42, of Greenville, is charged with operating or maintaining a meth lab in Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Greenville meth lab suspects face felony charges

Two “broke” individuals were arraigned Tuesday afternoon for their alleged roles in a methamphetamine laboratory and standoff with multiple police agencies Sunday. John Vogl II, 42, of Greenville, and Cassaundra Kidder, 22, of Wayland, are each charged with operating or maintaining a lab involving meth, a felony with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine.

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 22, 2014

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Students, from left, Xavier Stanford, Madi Durdle and Jacon Guild dissect one of the many pig lungs on display for Baldwin Heights Elementary fifth graders Monday. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Baldwin Heights students get hands-on experience with dissection exercise

It doesn’t get any more hands-on than a student with a pair of surgical gloves, a scalpel and a pig lung. As part of their study of the human body and its organs, fifth-graders at Baldwin Heights Elementary School in Greenville dissected pig lungs and hearts Monday afternoon to get a glimpse at something similar to their own organs.

Former Michigan linebacker Obi Ezeh speaks about football and life at Montcalm Community College Monday.

Former U-M linebacker talks life, football at MCC

A former running back turned linebacker for the University of Michigan related his experiences playing for the Wolverines at Montcalm Community College Monday to crowd of about 50 people. Obi Ezeh, who played for Michigan from 2007-2010, was the guest speaker at an event that was part of a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Ezeh spoke about how his experiences with the Wolverines related to life.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Monday, Jan. 20

Lowell 73, Belding 55: The Redskins fell in a Monday night nonleague contest against the Red Arrows. Lowell outscored the Redskins 36-17 over the middle two quarters to set the tone…