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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.”


Greenville testing siren system Wednesday at 11 a.m.

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


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.


Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies injured in car-deer accident (GALLERY)

Two Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies were transported to Sheridan Community Hospital early Sunday morning after their police cruiser struck a deer crossing M-66.

Lakeview’s Megan Leach drives the ball toward the basket during a game this season. Leach was named to the CSAA second team this season.

CM, Lakeview land two each on all-CSAA

It wasn’t all Morley-Stanwood dominating the all-conference girls basketball teams in the Central State Activities Association. Central Montcalm and Lakeview got one player each on the second team and one player each on the honorable mention.

Parmelee crosses the finish line during a track meet last year. Greenville’s first meet this year is March 22 at Rockford.

Parmelee signs to run for Central Michigan

It wasn’t that long ago that Greenville senior Bailey Parmelee was playing volleyball in the fall and running sprints in the spring. Now she is just running and doing it very well.