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OUR VIEW: We’re on the right track with Gov. Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder’s second State of the State address on Wednesday sounded familiar. A lot of his key points were repeats from last year: Fix education, implement good government, build a new bridge to Canada, fix our roads and make Michigan the most business friendly state in America. The single overarching theme of Wednesday’s speech was encouragement to stay the course and continue allowing policies announced or passed last year to work.
That’s a laudable goal in some areas, but more needs to be done elsewhere.

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Montcalm County commissioners studying salaries, benefits

Members of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are considering a compensation and benefits adjustment that would begin in 2013. County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer provided commissioners with the results of a 19-county survey taken last September. Any changes would have to be made before a current or potential commissioner files paperwork for the Nov. 6 election for a term beginning in 2013. The deadline to file for the Montcalm County election is May 15.

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Teen summit to focus on curbing underage drinking

Got choice? Got conviction? Got connection? The Montcalm Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking (MCPUD) wants to ask local youths these questions and get their feedback. MCPUD is hosting the Got It? Youth Summit from 1 p.m. March 17 to 1 p.m. March 18 at Lincoln Lake Baptist Camp near Gowen. The free, non-religious event aims to empower local youths who are interested in promoting health and safety through the prevention of underage drinking.

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MAUREEN BURNS: How are we doing?

I was talking with Doug Robbins who owns Radio Shack and Robbins Book List. We were chatting about books. I mentioned one about Vietnam and he said how the war ended before he was old enough to really be aware of it. That struck me. Vietnam was such a big, horrible thing in our lives that I forget that it is truly just history to most of the adults alive today. Vietnam ended in 1975.

Jordyn Wagner, 7, from Cedar Crest Elementary School, was the winner of Meet Downtown’s Santa Block coloring contest in December. Money raised from the event was donated to local food pantries.

Jordyn Wagner is Santa Block coloring contest winner

The Daily News awarded a few subscribers prizes from a December-long drawing. Pictured are Stafford Media Solutions subscription services accountant Teresa Haverstick and prize winners Ilo and Laurel Basney of Lakeview, who won a stereo surround sound DVD system; Jackie Gable of Gowen, who won a Nikon Coolpix L24 digital camera; and Barb and Ken Moser of Greenville, who won a 26-inch HD LCD t.v. Gift card winners (not pictured) were Brenda Klingbeil of Sheridan, who won a $20 Ace Hardware gift card; Jyll Mitchell of Sidney, who won a $25 Applebee’s gift card; and Dean Iverson of Stanton, who won a $20 Wayside Garden gift card. Contestants qualified by prepaying for a subscription to The Daily News for at least six months.

Winners of The Daily News subscriber drawing

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MeetDowntown group holding evening meeting Jan. 25

GREENVILLE — The MeetDowtown group is holding an evening meeting at Huckleberry’s Restaurant from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The public is welcome. Topics will be reviewing the past year and planning events this year.

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BUSINESS BRIEF: Not 2 Shabby showcases local artistic talent

GREENVILLE — The resale shop Not 2 Shabby, which opened in November, has “a little bit of everything,” owner Sarah Jeffrey said, including items made by local artists. Jeffrey, from Mount Pleasant, took over the building at 124 Lafayette St., formerly The Office Store. Her shop includes antiques, clothing, furniture, consignment items, handmade items and [...]

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BUSINESS BRIEF: Kaleidoscope of Times to be open on first Sundays of each month

GREENVILLE — Kaleidoscope of Times, an antiques shop that opened in August, will add open hours every first Sunday of the month, starting in February. Starting Feb. 5, owner Ida Church, of Gowen, who opened her business at 701 N. Lafayette St., will have Sunday hours from noon to 4 p.m. Kaleidoscope of Times has [...]

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BUSINESS BRIEF: New towing business in Lakeview

LAKEVIEW — Larry Cole of Lakeview opened a new towing business called WildCat Towing LLC Dec. 14, 2011. The new company covers the counties of Mecosta, Macomb, Isabella and Gratiot and offerings towing, fluid delivery, winching, tire changing, locksmithing, tire changing and battery service, to name a few. WildCat Towing is available 24 hours a [...]