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Central Montcalm schools focus on superintendent search

Though the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education does the official hiring, board members want input from the staff and community on the qualifications they are looking for in the person who will replace Superintendent Jake Helms. Helms is retiring June 30. “We had sent out a survey to the staff to hear what they are looking for in a candidate,” Board Secretary Roxanne Switzer said. “We met today in a workshop to hear more, to hear their ideas.”

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GUEST VIEW: Sheriff’s millage key to local public safety

On Feb. 28, the citizens of Montcalm County have the opportunity to support a millage request to maintain the road patrol function for the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office. This letter supports the effort to pass this proposal. The Greenville Police Officers Association of Michigan chapter fully endorses the proposed millage and feels the necessity to maintain the safety and policing of this county is dependent on passing this critical levy request.

Belding Fire Chief Don Eady, right, shows Greenville resident John Hohl Jr. how to properly install two new car seats donated on behalf of the Belding Fire Department Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory/Smith

Belding Fire Department donates car seats to Greenville family (Gallery)

When Belding Fire Captain Don Eady was informed of a family’s financial struggle to replace car seats damaged in a recent car accident, he didn’t waste any time taking action. On Monday afternoon at the Belding Fire Department, Eady presented Greenville residents John Hohl Jr., his wife Courtney and three of their five children with two new car seats and one booster seat just hours after having been informed of their need to replace the seats damaged in the accident.

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Belding superintendent’s contract extended

Belding Area Schools Superintendent Leslie Mount received full support from the Board of Education when her contract negotiation was brought to a vote at Monday night’s meeting. Earning a positive evaluation from the board, Mount’s contract extension of one additional year was approved in a unanimous vote.

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Greenville 5K to raise funds for African youths

Local running and walking enthusiasts can look forward to a new challenge with a 5K run/walk event March 24. The event is a fundraiser for To: Africa From: U.s., a nonprofit organization founded by Mary Fournier of Cedar Springs, who is committed to supporting communities and youths in African nations.

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Danish Festival seeks poster contest entries

Each year the Danish Festival seeks an original poster to celebrate the current festival theme. This year’s theme is “The Snow Queen.” Original designs in any medium are acceptable for the contest. The artwork should represent the Hans Christian Andersen story of “The Snow Queen” in a creative but realistic interpretation. The artwork must not have been previously reproduced.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 21, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012

Montabella’s Charlie Helmer puts up a shot with an Evart defender in his face druing Monday’s game at home. The Mustangs won 47-38.

Papendick leads Mustangs to win

It took a little bit of doing, but thanks to free throws from Jemikal Papendick, the Montabella boys basketball team got a win Monday night.
The Mustangs got by the Evart Wildcats 47-38 in a game that saw a lot of swings.

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SHORT TAKES: The candidates and contempt for civility

Can you believe the depths to which presidential aspirants are willing to sink in order to discredit opponents for the highest office in the land? The negativity of the campaign would be comedic if the stakes weren’t so high. Television campaign ads are running together consecutively, alternating for and against a given candidate in the same string. The next-to-saddest thing about this travesty is that these “approved” messages demonstrate the obvious contempt the candidates have for the civility of the American public.

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Carson City-Crystal Area Schools may have new superintendent by summer

The search has officially begun for the new leader of Carson City-Crystal Area Schools. Bob Swanson retired as CC-C superintendent last August, but remains with the district as a financial consultant. Duane Ellis was hired as interim superintendent after Swanson retired.