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The current Mega Millions jackpot is now $540 million for tonight's problem. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lottery fever strikes as Mega Millions jackpot climbs above $500 million

Lottery retailers throughout the area are seeing a substantial increase in customers purchasing tickets for the Mega Millions game which this past week climbed to more than $500 million. That’s a 5 followed by eight zeros, folks, or $500,000,000; a lotta green in anybody’s book. This amount sets a new record for the Mega Millions jackpot. The final jackpot is at least $540 million after brisk ticket sales.


Jacket and purse stolen out of cart at Greenville Meijer

The Greenville Department of Public Safety is looking for a suspect that stole a jacket and purse from a cart at Meijer on Thursday. A woman victim was talking to a person in the bakery section at Meijer located on W. Carson City Streeet, when she turned to find her purse and jacket were missing from her cart.


Funeral Notices for March 30, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, March 30, 2012

The Electrolux property at 100 E. Main St., which contains the historic Gibson buildings and has chemical contamination, has the City of Belding seeking to take action against property owner Electrolux Inc. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Forum updates Belding residents on Gibson contamination

The issue of contamination at the Electrolux property on the corner of Bridge and Main streets in Belding is one that won’t be going away anytime soon. About 85 people gathered in the Belding High School auditorium for a three-hour meeting Thursday night to listen and ask questions as members of Belding City Council gave a presentation of environmental uses on the Electrolux property on the corner of Bridge and Main streets.

Mike Taylor

MIKE TAYLOR: The Mike Taylor museum: Only a buck and well worth the price

I’ve been working on an archaeological dig the past couple weeks. It’s been no picnic; I’ve dug and dusted, classified, sorted and catalogued. It was hard, boring work. Archaeology, it turns out, isn’t always about Tyrannosaurus bones and long-legged, blonde assistants.

Jeff Hilliker

Carson City settles police chief lawsuit with $273,000

The city of Carson City is paying its former police chief more than a quarter million dollars to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit.
Former Carson City police chief Jeff Hilliker received $273,000 after being fired last spring, according to an out-of-court settlement obtained by The Daily News via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Jim Stockton

JIM STOCKTON: The grandeur of a single word

Goodbye. So wrote Paul Dean when he left the Arizona Republic for a new job in San Diego and so begin I today. I was greatly impressed with that stand alone word, eloquent in its singularity, majestic and grandiose. As stately as an obelisk, it stood granite firm in its unequivocal declaration of finality. For [...]

For their senior project, a group of girls at Greenville High School is working to raise awareness of poverty in Greenville. Pictured from left to right are Courtney Clements, Katie Czanderna, Tori Sanders, Nicole Korgnan and Shelby Jenks. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville High class project raises awareness for poverty

A group of Greenville High School students are trying to make a different through a poverty project. For their senior project, a group of girls were going to raise awareness of poverty in the United States, but then they found how many people are suffering in their own hometown.

The Historic District Commission met Wednesday at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding with representatives from Electrolux and the City of Belding on the issue of demolition of non-historic buildings on the Electrolux-owned property at the corner of Bridge and Main streets. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding historic group denies Electrolux’s bid to demolish buildings

After eight hours of deliberation and testimony on behalf of Electrolux and the city of Belding on Wednesday, the members of the Belding Historic District Commission (HDC) officially denied Electrolux’s application to demolish buildings not deemed historic by the commission. At last week’s HDC meeting, the commission entered rulings that buildings 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 on the property, which include the original silk mill, clock tower and smokestack, had historical significance, officially preserving them from demolition by Electrolux.


Montcalm Township OKs plan to correct audit flaws

The Montcalm Township Board is submitting a corrective action plan to the Michigan Department of Treasury regarding an audit the township received last October. The Montcalm Township Board approved a Department of Treasury corrective action plan and resolution and approved sending it to the Department of Treasury at a special meeting Wednesday night.