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Students in the Belding Symphony Orchestra are seen playing new tubas and euphoniums purchased for the band during a rehearsal Thursday afternoon at Belding High School. (Daily News/Cory Smith)

VIDEO: Belding Symphonic Band playing with a new shine

When Belding High School junior Cody Van Buren was able to pick out one of four brand new baritone horns to play in the Belding High School Symphonic Band, he looked at the situation with a new sense of pride.

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GHS reaches state finals for 3rd straight year

The Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team is becoming quite familiar with Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.
The Yellow Jackets will wrestle at Kellogg Arena tonight in the Division 2 team state finals for the third consecutive season and fourth time in five years. They were state champions in 2008.

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JIM STOCKTON: Round and round, the same old tunes

I woke up thinking about the one that got away. Everybody does. I grieve not of a fish, though. My piscatorial IQ leaves something to be desired. I speak of an inspiration, a burst of clarity the came in the night, a mystic comprehension that reconciled and unified all the contradictions of everyday life. There I lay in the glow of ultimate enlightenment! Then it was gone. As fleeting as quantum and as elusive as a quark, it fled into the mists of slumber. Could I remember, I would share it in grandeur, pearlescently ecstatic and exit in a crescendo of bluegill feathers!

Albion senior and Greenville graduate Patty Rewa goes up for a layup during a game this season. Rewa is averaging 16.4 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Greenville graduate dominating at Albion

Greenville High School graduate Patty Rewa has spent the past four years making a name for herself on the Albion College basketball team.
The 2008 graduate was recently named Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) women’s basketball player of the week for two consecutive weeks.

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Belding girls break losing streak, rip Saugatuck

Belding’s girls basketball team had a complete game for the first time in a long time, noted coach Mike Nelson.
The result was a 77-33 win over the Saugatuck Indians Wednesday night at Redskin Arena.

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New pub brewing in Greenville

A liquor license was recently approved by the Greenville City Council as the first step to opening a new brew pub in Greenville. On Feb. 7, the council approved a resolution from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission in connection with a brew pub liquor license request. The 57 Brew Pub and Bistro is being planned for the site where J.R. Roller Castle once sat at 1310 W. Washington Street (M-57).

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New Montcalm Community College program aims at student goals

The Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees is creating an Indicators of Success program to gain a better understanding of college students. MCC President Robert Ferrentino presented Indicators of Success at Wednesday afternoon’s board meeting. “It’s a work in progress,” Ferrentino said.

The old double-bulb fixtures at the top of the 28 street lights lining Main Street in downtown Carson City will soon disappear for new single bulb fixtures designed for more durability and energy efficiency. (Gazette/Jessica Beery)

Brightening up downtown Carson City

The streets of downtown Carson City will be shining a little brighter for a lot less wattage with the planned installation of new street lamp fixtures down Main Street. Medler Electric of Alma will be installing new 150-watt fixtures to all 28 poles lining Main Street. This new “bulb-style” induction lighting will replace the more fragile double 175-watt fixtures that were part of the street posts installed within the last decade.

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Bloomer Township ZA removed from Planning Commission due to state law

A law that has been buried for decades is shaking up Bloomer Township government, all in efforts to avoid possible conflicts of interest and remain under the law.

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Crystal Township Board salary pay cut motion dies

A Crystal Township Board member thinks his colleagues need a pay cut, but they disagree. Jerry Stone made a motion at the Feb. 8 board meeting to reduce the annual salaries of board members by 5 percent. The motion died due to lack of support.