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Laura Thompson of Sidney is preparing to ride her bicycle 700 miles around Lake Michigan in the coming week to raise $5,000 for Alpha Family Center in Greenville. — Courtesy photo

Sidney woman to bicycle around Lake Michigan for Alpha Family Center

Laura Thompson is the executive director of the Alpha Family Center, as well as a wife and a mother of four. When it comes to making time for exercise, she’s not exactly a bicycle enthusiast.

Canadian Brass perform on stage at the Greenville high School Performing Arts Center Thursday evening during the 2013 Ash Cultural Event concert. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Canadian Brass Performance Photo Gallery

Canadian Brass perform on stage at the Greenville high School Performing Arts Center Thursday evening during the 2013 Ash Cultural Event concert. — Daily News/Cory Smith PHOTO GALLERY

Members of the Montcalm County Sheriff's Office, Montcalm County Central Dispatch, Greenville Department of Public Safety and the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post participate in the second annual 5K Law Enforcement Torch Run Thursday in Greenville, where more than $500 was raised to benefit the Special Olympics of Michigan. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Torch Run raises funds for Special Olympics (PHOTO GALLERY)

The motivation to complete a race can range from personal accomplishment to the desire to outrun the runner who is paced directly before you just moments in front of the finish line. But on Thursday, during the second annual Law Enforcement Torch Run in Greenville, no one was trying to finish first.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 13, 2013

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Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore’s desk is frequently covered in a large volume of paperwork associated with FOIA requests from Belding resident Kimberly Orlich, who has submitted 175 FOIA requests to the city in seven months. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding officials ‘frustrated’ by woman’s ‘large volume’ of requests

On the second story of Belding City Hall, in a corner office, sits a desk stacked with nearly a dozen folders filled with hundreds of files of paperwork. The office belongs to City Manager Meg Mullendore, who on certain work days admits she cannot recognize the top of her desk, buried in files.

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MAKING THE GRADE: Is there a difference between opinions of policy makers and the public?

The current issue of Phi Delta Kappan magazine arrived in my mailbox this week. It contained the results of the 45th annual Phi Delta Kappan/Gallup Poll of the public’s attitudes toward the public schools.

This residency of this property at 1762 W. Boyer Road in Fairplain Township is in dispute due to blight issues dating back to last winter, as well as a mobile home fire in July. The couple who lived in the mobile home is currently living in a camper. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fairplain Township couple homeless after house fire

Tim and Jessica Vanconant lost their house in a fire this summer. The mobile home at 1762 W. Boyer Road went up in flames July 16 (the fourth fire in six months on Boyer Road between Carlsen and Brown roads).

Central Montcalm assistant coach Kris Kolbe goes over a play during practice prior to the season. The Hornets host Big Rapids on Friday night.

Central Montcalm ready for home football win

The Central Montcalm Hornets will be looking for its first home football win of the season on Friday night. The Hornets lost in week one at home 21-0 to Chippewa Hills (1-1) and won in week two at White Cloud (0-2) 38-22. The start of the season has been both good and bad for the Hornets.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Sept. 11

Belding fourth, third at jamboree: The Redskins went to an O-K Blue Conference jamboree Wednesday at Comstock Park and gt a fourth-place finish from the boys and a third-place finish from the girls


Funeral Notices for Sept. 12, 2013

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