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Members of the Woodview Elementary School Student Council helped to organize a food drive this month that collected more than 1,000 food items for fellow students and families in need. Top row from left, Principal Bruce Cook, fifth grade students Kalaiya Horsley, 10, Jared Hoag, 11, Allyson May, 11, Alivia Lamborne, 10, and Fifth Grade Teacher Kathleen Lehman. Bottom row from left, fifth grade students Michaela Bunce, 10, Ethan Milanowski, 10, Jordan Hoag, 11, Izzy Wood, 11, and Eliot Ward, 10.

Woodview Elementary students collect food for classmates, families in need

Multiple families throughout the Belding area will have the chance to enjoy a plentiful Thanksgiving dinner this year thanks to the efforts of students at Woodview Elementary School.

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Vestaburg residence a ‘total loss’ after fire destroys home

A home in downtown Vestaburg was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning after the homeowner discovered smoke while preparing Thanksgiving dinner.

Two-year-old Tony Endres gives a "thumbs up" after being asked by Sykes if he was ready to be adopted.

Orleans Township foster parents adopt son on Michigan Adoption Day

When the Endres family of Orleans Township sits down together for Thanksgiving dinner this year, they will be doing so with one more addition to the family.
Tony Endres, 2, surrounded by family and friends at the Probate Court of Ionia County at the Ionia County Courthouse was officially adopted Tuesday by his new parents, Val and Craig Endres.

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Funeral Notices – Nov. 27, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.

Students exit the north entrance to Greenville High School as school lets out Monday. New legislation expected to be voted upon soon by the state Senate will replace one required fire drill with a “lockdown drill” at schools. Currently, the law requires six fire drills, two tornado drills and two lockdown drills. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

New bill would require additional ‘lockdown’ drill to replace fire drill

Legislation is pending in the Michigan State Senate which will require school districts statewide to implement an additional lockdown drill in place of a fire drill. Local school officials say the change will be relatively easy to implement and beneficial for students.

From left, Belding City Council members Joe Feuerstein, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, City Manager Meg Mullendore and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones, listen to a presentation at the Nov. 19 city council meeting about the possibility of receiving a SAW grant to help pay for wastewater and storm water projects. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding applies for state water management grant

It’s only a matter of time before Belding will have to address the lack of asset management plans in regard to the city’s wastewater and storm water systems. With estimated expenses totaling nearly $1 million in costs to implement the two asset plans, the burden of paying for the two projects would be quite strenuous on the city’s budget.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, speaks during the Legislative Update Luncheon sponsored by EightCAP Inc. on Monday at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Legislators talk jobs for veterans, trafficking

During the final Legislative Update session of the year at Montcalm Community College, both Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, presented information on legislation that is “very close” to their hearts.

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Brasser takes over at United and Kelsey

Brian Brasser has been named Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals president, effective Dec. 8. Brasser is assuming this role from Christina Freese-Decker who was recently named senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Spectrum Health System. Freese-Decker has served as president of Spectrum Health’s United and Kelsey hospitals since 2011.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 26, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Nov. 26, 2013

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Montabella’s Clay resigns, cites time commitment

Montabella will be looking for a new varsity football coach. David Clay resigned earlier this month, saying he couldn’t give the time to the program that he would have liked.