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Queenie "Mad Woman" Malone, played by Heather Johnson, questions cigarette saleswoman Sophie Davenport, played by Tyler Young, as she attempts to peddle her wares to the theater audience. Daily News/ Jessica Beery

MCC Drama Club presents dinner theater

The time is March 1932. Prohibition is in full swing and Franklin D. Roosevelt will soon be elected president.
But a child has been kidnapped and a woman has been murdered — all during a live radio broadcast.
But “who-dunnit?”


Funeral Notices for Feb. 17, 2012

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Carolyn Kane, secretary of the Friends of Fred Meijer River Valley Rail-Trails group, asks for input from the rest of the group during a meeting Monday night at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Trail ‘Friends’ offer support for Belding River Valley Trail grants

On a cold, 19-degree February afternoon, George Raimer braved the winter temperatures on his bicycle riding from Saranac to Ionia to survey the future River Valley Rail-Trail. During his ride through the snowy, unpaved trail, Raimer spotted deer, ducks and other winter wildlife and described a vision of what he one day hopes to be a regular trip for anyone with a desire to go for a walk or bike ride near and in the Belding area.

Laurie (Jared Loomis) with Meg (Lizzy VanderLaan), Jo (Emily Smith), Amy (Meagan Draper) and Beth (Ana Holmes) tries to convince the March sisters to let him join them in acting out Jo’s plays. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

PLAY REVIEW: Greenville High School’s ‘Little Women’ a show for all ages

Louisa May Alcott wanted to write so her stories could be told years and years later. The Greenville High School Theater Department brings to life her classic “Little Women” in performances slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $6 across the board and are available at the door, Hansen’s Music House or online at

This graph shows the MEAP scores for Greenville’s third grade testing in mathematics and reading. Blue indicates previous years before the cut score was increased. Green shows the Greenville’s scores with the new cut score applied. Pink shows the state’s score with the new cut scores applied.

Greenville, Belding, Carson City-Crystal schools react to MEAP results, changes in scoring

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) scores for fall 2011 were released Wednesday and local school officials are analyzing the results in light of changes to the testing system. State officials raised the “cut scores” last year to determine whether students are proficient in certain subjects.


Funeral Notices for Feb. 16, 2012

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Greenville’s Tate Jeffrey goes for a pin in his first match against Gaylord’s Seth Lashuay in the regional semifinals. Jeffrey pinned him in 3:29.

Yellow Jackets top Escanaba for 3rd straight regional title

The Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling was focused and determined to make it back to Battle Creek this year.
Battle Creek is home to Kellogg Arena, which is home to the MHSAA team state wrestling tournament. And for the third straight year and sixth time in school history — all since 2001 — the Yellow Jackets have punched a ticket to the “Cereal City.”

Lakeview’s Jax Gambat, top, tries to work Allendale’s Kyle Bradshaw during the wrestlers’ 130-pound match at the Division 3 regional Wednesday night. Gambat won 18-10.

Allendale’s fast start ends Lakeview’s season

A fast start by Allendale at the Division 3 team wrestling regional Wednesday night was too much for Lakeview.
As a result, the Wildcats lost to the Falcons 39-25 in the regional semifinal at Comstock Park High School.


CHAMBER CHECK-UP — Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce

Business After Hours The Chamber’s Business After Hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mattress 4 U in Greenville Thursday, March 22. Mattress 4 U is at 701 S. Greenville West Drive. Enjoy a fun night of networking and prizes! $3 at the door for 50/50 drawing. Greenville Business Network presents: Tech Tuesday’s [...]

Belding’s Mindy Reminga, right, moves the ball along the baseline during Tuesday’s 56-47 loss at home to Lakewood.

Redskins fall in nonleague game

The Lakewood Vikings girls basketball team came out firing. And they were hot.
Lakewood (8-10) jumped out to a double-digit first quarter lead and was able to fend off a late charge in a 56-47 victory over the Belding Redskins on Tuesday night.