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Carson City-Crystal senior Meriah Gallagher, center, signs her letter of intent to play college softball at Indiana University Southeast on Monday. Included in the photo is, from left to right, Marc Gallagher, IU Southeast coach Todd Buckingham, CC-C coach Sam Jensen and Hazel Gallagher.

Carson City’s Gallagher signs letter to play college softball

All the hard work has paid off for Carson City-Crystal catcher/utility player Meriah Gallagher on Monday. Gallagher signed a letter-of-intent to play college softball for the Indiana University Southeast Grenadiers. IU Southeast is located in New Albany, Ind. and is close to the Kentucky border near Louisville, Ken.

Central Montcalm’s Alex Maxted defends a player from Reed City during a game this season. Maxted, a senior, was named to the CSAA second team this year.

Central Montcalm’s Maxted, Lakeview’s Root earn 2nd team league honors

A combined four Central Montcalm Green Hornets and Lakeview Wildcats were honored for their play on the basketball court last week. Hornets’ senior Alex Maxted and Wildcats’ senior Brad Rood were named to the CSAA second team while Hornets’ senior Jared Cilibraise and Wildcats’ sophomore Shawn Lindsey earned honorable mentions.

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Greenville schools project bids wrapping up

Greenville Public Schools (GPS) have awarded five bids from the bid package nine, which is the last bid package for the bond project. There are 18 bids total in bid package nine.

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SHORT TAKES: Michigan teams set for March Madness

When the Big Ten’s men’s basketball regular season ended with a three-way tie between Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, it was the hope of many folks in the area that the championship issue would be settled with a Big Ten Tournament Sunday showdown between MSU and Michigan.

Using a wireless controller unit, team members of the Belding High School Robotics Team will directly control their robot for a portion of competition this weekend competing against 78 other teams. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding robotics team to compete in national competition

Belding High School’s robotics team is about to compete on a national stage, but the skills they gained to get them there may carry them far beyond a high school competition. Through hours of hard work — most of them put in after school hours — five Belding students on two teams have earned the opportunity to compete in the U.S. National VEX Robotics Championship at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Omaha, Neb.

Trevor “Nutcake” Muir of Chris Cakes prepares pancakes at Grattan Academy’s third annual pancake breakfast on Saturday. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Pancakes fly through Grattan Academy for a good cause

Trevor “Nutcake” Muir took his place behind the specially designed eight-foot long griddle, and with a punch of a button and a careful sliding of his giant funnel, the pancake batter formed perfect circles on the hot surface. On the other side of the griddle, the boys and girls and moms and dads lined up shoulder to shoulder, with plates in hand, ready to catch the famous “flying pancakes.”

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Greenville testing siren system Wednesday at 11 a.m.

A test of the outdoor siren system is set to be conducted this week.

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Funeral Notices for March 12, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, March 12, 2012

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

MAUREEN BURNS: Growing old or growing up?

Stanley Ross had a great quote about communication. “Open your mouth only to change feet.” Have you ever said something and wished you hadn’t said it that way? Has anything you ever said come across differently than you meant it? Has anyone ever said anything to you that hurt or upset you? I am guessing these are pretty universal human experiences. Do you agree?

The Central Montcalm High School Band earned a Division 1 rating at the Michigan State Band & Orchestra Association (MSBOA) District Band Festival hosted at Cedar Springs High School on March 1. — Courtesy photo

Central Montcalm High School Band earns Division 1 rating

The Central Montcalm High School Band earned a Division 1 rating at the Michigan State Band & Orchestra Association (MSBOA) District Band Festival hosted at Cedar Springs High School on March 1. This is the band’s first Division 1 rating in more than a decade.