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Belding Zumba instructor Valerie Dawdy.

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Zumba fundraiser for ALS in Belding Jan. 21

Valerie Dawdy of Belding has organized a Zumba fitness fundraiser to help banish amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.

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Parcels across from Klackles stay residential

A movement that started in November to change zoning across from Klackle Orchards and Pavilion from residential zoning to office service commercial one (OSC1) is going to be put on hold at this time. During Wednesday night’s Eureka Township Planning Commission meeting no new information or requests came forward since the December meeting regarding the rezoning of the parcels.

During Wednesday night’s Eureka Township Planning Commission meeting no new information or requests came forward since the December meeting regarding the rezoning of the parcels.

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OUR VIEW: Public officials 
need to play nice

What ever happened to civility in government? Last week we got treated to yet another display of shouting and poor manners during a public meeting. Last year, Montcalm Township meetings were typified by such behavior. This year, Pierson’s village council has taken the torch.

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Public to learn more at Clifford Lake Inn’s second paranormal event

No one knows how long Ed and Megan have been a part of Clifford Lake Inn. Many people, however, may not believe they exist. But on Jan. 14, many visitors of the 131-year-old inn were talking about them. “Ed” and “Megan” are two apparitions that roam through the lakeside building, according to inn owner Connie McKeown, who confirmed her belief that the inn was haunted through recent paranormal investigations.

Midnight Cattle Callers, a local band founded by Seth and Dee Sutton of Belding, will perform 7 p.m. Saturday at Zellie’s Opry House as part of the third annual Howard City Winterfest. The band also features Roger Brown, Luke Gitchel, Keith Hudson and Sean Hoffman. — Courtesy photo

Winterfest celebration returns to Howard City this weekend

Winter will be celebrated in the Panhandle this weekend as Winterfest returns to downtown Howard City.

The third annual event features a variety of old and new family-friendly activities Friday and Saturday. Panhandle Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marianne VanBennekom said one of the new events is a snow treasure dig at 1 p.m. Saturday near the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library. The event is for three age groups of children and features hidden treasures buried in mounds of snow.

Black plastic covers the window thieves broke to gain access into the EZ Mart sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville Mobil gas station robbed

The Mobil gas station’s EZ Mart convenience store in Greenville was broken into and robbed late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. According to lead clerk Mary Mangus, the break-in at 115 E. Washington St. (M-57) occurred between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 4 a.m. Wednesday, when the store was closed.

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 19, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012

Dr. Edward Lepley

Beloved Howard City veterinarian Dr. Edward Lepley dies at 73

Dr. Edward Lepley had a way with animals — and their owners. The longtime Montcalm County veterinarian is being remembered fondly after he died last Thursday at his home in Stanwood. He was 73 years old. As a youth, Lepley excelled academically, as well as on the basketball court and football field.

Gov. Rick Snyder stands before members of the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate, delivering his second annual State of the State address Wednesday night at the State Capitol in Lansing. (Daily News/Cory Smith)

‘We must finish what we started’: Gov. Snyder looking to build on successes

Gov. Rick Snyder centered his second State of the State address Wednesday night on building on the successes of 2011 and continuing to improve in 2012. Speaking in an upbeat manner, Snyder did not announce any major changes for the upcoming year and kept his topics on issues from 2011, stating he wants to instead focus on finishing “what we started.”

Jim Stockton

JIM STOCKTON: Never mind why it’s there!

The snow fell silently and softly over two nights, most spectacularly in the game reserve immediately north of Belding. It clung to the shrubbery and trees, an exquisite latticework of branches coaxing the eye into a world of reverie. A study in black and white, it framed a canopy of enchantment, evoking memories of an old fashion magazine that featured elongated, impressionistic drawings of women, as tall as trees and as slender as serpents. Rightly or wrongly I remember it as the old “Madamasoille,” but the current “New Yorker” sports similarly drawn cartoons linked to humor beyond my ken.