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Carson City Police Chief Bruce Partridge checks in at the Carson Health obstetrics desk with, from left, registered nurse Diane Brown, Dr. Erin LeGrand and registered nurse Stephanie Ryan. — Courtesy/Ben Moore

Carson City police chief stepping down after 3 years

After three years on the job, Carson City Police Chief Bruce Partridge is saying goodbye to a department he helped transform into a respectable “community service” agency. On April 30, Partridge will perform his last patrol, spending his last day as chief of a police agency that looks quite a bit different from the department he inherited upon his hiring.


OUR VIEW: Has Belding learned from its own history?

The city of Belding is earning quite a reputation for hiring and then losing city managers.


OUR VIEW: Tough news about Threshold

Last week it was announced that Threshold Academy, a free public charter school in Ionia County, most likely will have to close its doors on June 30.


Funeral Notices for April 14, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, April 14, 2014

Pictured is one of several airplanes at Lakeview Griffith Field Airport that was lifted into the air, carried and crashed to the ground as a result of Saturday afternoon’s storm. — Courtesy photo

PHOTO GALLERY: Weekend storm brings heavy damage to Lakeview area

A Saturday afternoon storm that left many residents in Montcalm County without power did the majority of its damage in the community of Lakeview. According to Lakeview Village Manager James Freed, the damage he surveyed this morning in the community is beyond anything he has witnessed before.

Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: A more productive vision of education

Readers of this column will not be surprised to hear me say that I am not a fan of standardized testing. Of course, I believe we need to assess the work of students and of course, I believe we must hold teachers accountable for their work. But I have long believed that the obsession with testing for the purpose of punishing teachers is off the mark. And I have found someone who agrees and says it much more eloquently than I.

Montcalm County Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines speaks on the topic of consolidating Crystal Township’s 18 drains into one at Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting.

Plans considered to consolidate drains in Crystal

This township is one of a kind, at least when it comes to water drains. During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, Montcalm County Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines asked board members to assist her with her request to simplify the township’s excessive drain system.

Recently, the Greenville Recreation Department was awarded a $4,768 grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation for equipment for the city’s gymnastics program. Top priority for the department was a carpeted floor mat geared specifically for gymnastics. (Courtesy photos)

With help from a $4,768 grant, Greenville recreation department adds gymnastics equipment

Over the past three years, the Greenville Recreational Department’s gymnastics program has grown dramatically.
It has enrolled so many students (around 400 per year), it added a toddler tumbler program, added a kindergarten class and now offers classes year round. The program serves children from 18 months old up through middle school.

Orange flags that line M-57 outside of Greenville detail the track in which underground cables for communications company AT&T is installing new service cables. The project is part of $1.7 million invested in bettering local networks in Michigan.

AT&T installing new fiber optic in Greenville

It’s hard not to notice the streak of small orange flags lined along M-57, west of Greenville, flapping in the wind.


Belding manager’s evaluation coming Tuesday

Regular city business of the Belding City Council will occur Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding, but the topic likely to attract the attention of the public is the evaluation of City Manager Meg Mullendore.