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Students exit the north entrance to Greenville High School as school lets out Monday. New legislation expected to be voted upon soon by the state Senate will replace one required fire drill with a “lockdown drill” at schools. Currently, the law requires six fire drills, two tornado drills and two lockdown drills. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

New bill would require additional ‘lockdown’ drill to replace fire drill

Legislation is pending in the Michigan State Senate which will require school districts statewide to implement an additional lockdown drill in place of a fire drill. Local school officials say the change will be relatively easy to implement and beneficial for students.

From left, Belding City Council members Joe Feuerstein, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, City Manager Meg Mullendore and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones, listen to a presentation at the Nov. 19 city council meeting about the possibility of receiving a SAW grant to help pay for wastewater and storm water projects. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding applies for state water management grant

It’s only a matter of time before Belding will have to address the lack of asset management plans in regard to the city’s wastewater and storm water systems. With estimated expenses totaling nearly $1 million in costs to implement the two asset plans, the burden of paying for the two projects would be quite strenuous on the city’s budget.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, speaks during the Legislative Update Luncheon sponsored by EightCAP Inc. on Monday at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Legislators talk jobs for veterans, trafficking

During the final Legislative Update session of the year at Montcalm Community College, both Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, presented information on legislation that is “very close” to their hearts.

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Brasser takes over at United and Kelsey

Brian Brasser has been named Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals president, effective Dec. 8. Brasser is assuming this role from Christina Freese-Decker who was recently named senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Spectrum Health System. Freese-Decker has served as president of Spectrum Health’s United and Kelsey hospitals since 2011.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 26, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Nov. 26, 2013


Montabella’s Clay resigns, cites time commitment

Montabella will be looking for a new varsity football coach. David Clay resigned earlier this month, saying he couldn’t give the time to the program that he would have liked.

Central Montcalm coach Marty James talks with his team during a timeout this season. The Hornets finished the year 4-5.

James pleased with Central Montcalm’s 4-5 season

Central Montcalm’s football team came close to making a playoff run. But the record was 4-5, which fell two games short of automatic qualification.

a 61-year-old Orleans Township woman lost control of her Ford Explorer and left the roadway. The vehicle then rolled over onto its side. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Resident assists woman after icy rollover accident

A woman was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries after her vehicle hit a slick road and rolled over into a ditch this morning.

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Greenville girls form strong bond over leukemia struggle

Friendships can come in all different shapes and sizes, but few are like the relationship between Bree Town and Lola DeYoung, two Greenville girls diagnosed with different forms of leukemia. It’s a friendship founded on understanding — the understanding each has of the hardships the other goes through, something few other friendships have. And even fewer are as strong.

Addison Howard of Greenville and Lainey Van Hoose of Howard City work with Lee Hansen of Greenville to seal bag the filled bags at the Kids Against Hunger event at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Saturday. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Kids Against Hunger bags food for hungry children

They were gathered, laughing and talking, but it was not a celebration. They were working, side by side, local folks representing 12 different organizations in the area, to help feed hungry children through a Kids Against Hunger event.