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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.


OUR VIEW: If Road Commission’s not broke, don’t fix it

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners deadlocked in a 4-4 vote Monday on a motion to have a public hearing to gather input on appointing vs. electing road commissioners.

People wait in their vehicles for a last chance to get gasoline for less than $4. Gas was still $3.859 per gallon for regular unleaded fuel at the Admiral Petroleum Co. on M-57 on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Area motorists feeling the effects of this week’s spike in gas prices

Gasoline prices jumped nearly 30 cents on Tuesday, causing people to frantically find a gas station that had yet to raise its prices. Gas in Greenville was around $3.859 per gallon for regular unleaded fuel on Tuesday morning. That was not the case when early afternoon rolled around. “I’m in shock,” said Kathy Marshall as she filled up her vehicle’s tank at the BP station on the corner of M-57 and M-66, where gas was $4.149 for regular unleaded fuel.

United Solar Ovanic, which includes these plants in Greenville, will be auctioned April 24 in Detroit. — File photo

United Solar Ovonic headed for auction

United Solar Ovonic is about to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. USO filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Feb. 14, along with its parent company, Energy Conversion Devices (ECD).


Funeral Notices for March 29, 2012

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Belding’s Scotty Foote is in a tight race with Ionia’s Tommy White in the 110 hurdles on Wednesday. Foote was second with a time of 15.7 seconds, just behind White’s 15.3.

Belding track teams split in first meets of season

It was overcast and it was windy. After weeks of beautiful weather, Michigan’s normal spring settled back in on Wednesday for the first Belding Redskins track meet of the season.

Norice Rasmussen, right, received the Award of Merit from the Michigan Association of School Boards during Monday night’s Montcalm County School Board Association (MCSBA) membership meeting. Rasmussen was presented the award by Janet Ralph, Greenville Public Schools Board of Education president and MCSBA president. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville school board member Rasmussen honored

Greenville Public Schools (GPS) Board of Education Vice President Norice Rasmussen has earned an Award of Merit from the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). Rasmussen was honored Monday night during the Montcalm County School Board Association membership meeting She received the award because of her efforts to improve her leadership skills, demonstrating her commitment to student achievement and her own continuous improvement, according to Jennifer Rogers in a press release from MASB. “I was completely surprised,” said Rasmussen of finding out she was receiving the award.

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Belding bond project under budget, more projects added

The face of Belding Area Schools appears to have a different look each day that construction continues at the high school and Ellis Elementary School — and even more changes are on the way after various projects have come in “significantly under budget” in recent weeks. According to school board President Tom Humphreys, bids on future projects such as remodeling the middle school building have come in enough under budget that additional projects have now been given the green light for future construction.