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High water: Heavy rain leads to local flooding, road closures (PHOTOS)

Mark Christensen hasn’t seen flooding like this since 1986. The managing director of the Road Commission for Montcalm County and his crew were out all day and night Thursday and are continuing to work today to re-open about 16 roads that have been closed due to high waters. “It’s been challenging, to say the least,” Christensen said. “We have numerous roads closed around the county due to culvert failure and heavy rains. There’s high water everywhere you look.”

Donor Care Specialist Donald Marsh with Michigan Blood prepares Greenville resident Dan Eagles for his 200th registered donation Wednesday afternoon at the American Legion in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville man has been donating blood regularly for six decades

Sitting on a table and slightly nervous while steadily squeezing a stress ball in her left hand, 17-year-old Ella Byington was donating blood for the very fist time Wednesday afternoon. Convinced by a friend to donate at the American Legion in Greenville, she become a little light-headed as a pint began to leave her body.

Belding Mayor Pro Tem and Community Garden Coordinator Andrea Belding delivers her pitch on April 9 during the regional roundtable meetings as part of the Michigan Municipal League’s Community Excellence Awards Competition. — Courtesy photo

Belding Community Garden wins Community Excellence Award

On the edge of the city near a heavily wooded border of trees sits a garden where students, teachers and residents of Belding come together to share and enjoy in the experiences that come with growing fruits and vegetables and beautiful flowers and plants. That little garden, known as the Belding Community Garden, is now receiving statewide attention after taking top honors at the Michigan Municipal League (MML) 2013 Capital Conference in Lansing, winning the MML Region 3 Community Excellence Award (CEA).

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PHOTO GALLERY: Daily News readers share local flood photos

Here’s a photo gallery of local flood photos shared by readers of The Daily News.

Brian Greene is the new Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity executive director. His first day on the job was Monday. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Heart and excitement seen in new Habitat for Humanity executive director

It was Brian Greene’s heart and excitement for the job that won over the committee that named him executive director of Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity. “He expressed a real heart for helping people, which is what Habitat is all about,” said Salle Johnson, interim executive director of Habitat for Humanity.


Funeral Notices for April 18, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, April 18, 2013

Central Montcalm senior Paige Switzer signs her letter of intent to play college volleyball for Lander University in South Carolina on Wednesday. She is surrounded by, left to right, father Andy Switzer, high school coach Haley Dawe, AAU coach Lisa Gettys, high school coach Amy Tasker and mother Roxanne Switzer.

Central Montcalm’s Switzer signs with Lander U.

On Wednesday afternoon, Central Montcalm senior Paige Switzer realized a dream come true. Switzer, a volleyball and softball star for the Hornets, signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball in college for Lander University in Greenwood, S.C.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, April 17

Yellow Jackets 4th: Greenville finished fourth at the preseason O-K Bronze jamboree at Boulder Creek on Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets shot 353 to finish fourth

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Classy new commons at Belding High School

BELDING — It’s been a year of adjustments at Belding High School with the construction of a new gymnasium, auditorium, band room and other various additions to the school. But as of last week, the final touches of interior construction were completed with the opening of the new spacious high school cafeteria and commons area. [...]

An estimated $350,096 will be used to reconstruct the student parking lots at Belding High School. The amount is part of a remaining $1,412,313 in unallocated bond funds, part of the $38 million bond project for the district that was approved by voters in 2010. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Area Schools using remaining bond funds for projects

Members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to approve spending the remaining funds of a $38 million bond project that was approved by district voters in 2010. According to Belding High School Assistant Principal Leslie Mount, of the $1,412,313.02 that sits in the unallocated contingency fund, approximately $1,234,632,95 will be used for additional projects not previously included in the bond plan.