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Montcalm County board organizes for year

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners had its annual organizational meeting Tuesday. The 13-minute meeting included adopting bylaws and rules of procedure, appointing committee members and scheduling meeting dates.

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Belding appoints new city attorney

City Council members narrowly approved hiring a new attorney for the Belding Historic District Commission on Tuesday. Council members voted 3-2 vote to appoint Thomas Forshee after a significant amount of debate.

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Thieves break into newly opened Trufant grocery store

The newly opened Maple Valley Market was broken into on New Year’s weekend. Michigan State Police Lakeview Post Trooper Ed Brinkman said the breaking and entering occurred sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning in downtown Trufant. The thieves entered through a window and stole about $3,000 worth of cigarettes and cigars, plus a laptop computer from the grocery store.

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 4, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012

Tri County’s Mitchel Swaney (white jersey) grabs a rebound between Lakeview’s Kolter Schwartz, left, and Dillon Kimble, right, during the teams’ game Tuesday night.

Lakeview struggles, beaten by Tri County

Lakeview’s boys basketball team’s shooting was as cold as the weather. The Wildcats made just two field goals in the first half and lost to the Tri County Vikings 65-41 Tuesday night.

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Hoppough is Greenville’s new mayor

Former Mayor Pro-Tem John Hoppough is the newest mayor of Greenville. The council voted unanimously to appoint Hoppough as mayor for a year.

Pierson Village Treasurer Tesha Rush Gould and President Karl Van Haren leave Tuesday's recall clarity hearing in Stanton. Pierson Village Councilwoman Rebecca Starr is attempting to recall Van Haren from office. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Recall language approved against Pierson village president

Recall language against the president of the Pierson Village Council was approved this afternoon at a clarity hearing. Montcalm Clerk Kristen Millard, Probate Judge Charles Simon III and Treasurer JoAnne Vukin unanimously approved proposed recall language filed by Village Councilwoman Rebecca Starr against Village President Karl Van Haren.

The Montcalm Community College pool will be closed from May 21 to Aug. 1 of 2012 due to budgetary restraints. — File photo

Montcalm Community College pool to close this summer

Swimmers who are fond of Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) recreational swimming pool will have to look elsewhere when deciding where to take a dip this summer. According to MCC President Bob Ferrentino, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)-sized pool will be closed from May 21 to Aug. 1 of 2012 due to budgetary restraints.

In May 1967, Ron Blanding participated in Mayor Exchange Day. While visiting Westland, the community found a 1926 Marquette for Blanding to drive because they knew of his love for antique cars. —Courtesy photos

Greenville’s Ron Blanding has enjoyed a life of recreation and service

Ronald “Ron” Blanding has dedicated most of his life giving back to Greenville after being born and raised here. He is an entrepreneur in the milk business who gave back to the community by serving on a variety of boards and participating in many clubs.

Julie Evans, left, and Misti Cordero will serve as group leaders for the Celebrate Recovery series at New Beginnings Church in Six Lakes.  — Daily News/Robin Miller

Program in Six Lakes helps to overcome habits and hang-ups in 2012

The new year is upon us, thus it is time to begin anew. Do you need to kick a bad habit or do a little psychological housekeeping? The Celebrate Recovery program at New Beginnings Church in Six Lakes has what it takes to overcome quirky habits and addictions that impede personal growth.