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Ashley Powell, a waitress and bartender at Huckleberry’s Restaurant in Greenville, waits on a customer Wednesday afternoon. Huckleberry’s was one of many vendors in the area to pass a compliance check performed by Drug Free Montcalm in conjunction with area law enforcement earlier this year. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

More Montcalm County retailers comply with not selling to minors

Roughly 15 percent of stores and restaurants sold tobacco, alcohol or both to minors during compliance checks conducted by Drug Free Montcalm. The group annually tests local stores and restaurants by sending in minors with identification clearly showing they are not of age to purchase tobacco and alcohol.

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Central Montcalm confiscates 550 laptops after security tampering

A Central Montcalm High School student is in hot water for bypassing the district’s security measures on laptop computers issued to all high schoolers and middle schoolers. A 15-year-old freshman boy is suspended and the subject of a criminal investigation for his alleged role in removing the security software on the student laptops.

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Montcalm Community College employees OK pay cuts, new insurance plan

Montcalm Community College faculty, support staff and administrators are pitching in to help balance the college’s budget. The college is facing a nearly $800,000 budget shortfall for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

Montcalm Community College’s Michigan Technical Education Center in Greenville will see nearly $193,000 of improvements to save energy costs — File photo  .

Montcalm Community College deal saves on energy

Montcalm Community College is moving forward with a $1.1 million plan to save energy on both the Sidney and Greenville campuses. The college received an energy audit from Ameresco earlier this year. The company surveyed all of the energy usage in every college facility and generated a report.

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MEETING IN BRIEF: Vestaburg Schools

Name of board: Vestaburg Community Schools Meeting date: Dec. 12. Reporting official: Recording Secretary Karen Grover. Actions taken: 1. Approved the agenda as presented. 2. Approved minutes from the regular and special Nov. 14 meetings. 3. Approved paying the bills. 4. Approved the consent agenda, including a 30-day medical leave for high school English teacher [...]

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MEETING IN BRIEF: Pine Township

Name of board: Pine Township Board. Meeting date: Dec. 12. Reporting official: Clerk Doris J. Swem. Actions taken: 1. Approved minutes of the November meeting. 2. Accepted the treasurer’s report as presented. 3. Approved reappointing Janet Johnson to serve as Pine Township representative on the Tamarack District Library Board for four years. 4. Approved paying [...]

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Deadline extended Flat River II summer home projects

The deadline to send in applications for projects to be completed by a youth work team has been extended. The deadline was extended to get in more applications from low-income people who need painting or carpentry work done during Flat River II.

Photo courtesy of The Discovery Channel.

Storm chaser bringing unique vehicle to Greenville

When Reed Timmer drives straight toward a tornado, he is after the thrill of the chase and the science of weather.
The vehicle he drives isn’t your average street car. It’s a custom-built armored car, dubbed Dominator 2, armed with the latest weather sensing gadgets.

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Yellow Jackets ready for conference showdown

There will be no baby steps into the O-K Conference boys basketball season this year for the Greenville Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets (3-0) will take a giant leap tonight as they face conference favorite East Grand Rapids (1-0) at home. Not only are the Pioneers a favorite to win the conference, but are considered one of the best in the area and the state.

Portland St. Patrick’s Katie Cook (11) and Carson City-Crystal’s Emily Ward (5) battle for a rebound during Thursday night’s game.

Carson City-Crystal now 6-0, tops Shamrocks 48-32

Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team proved last season’s win over Portland St. Patrick was no fluke. The Eagles beat the Shamrocks at home for the second straight time Thursday night, winning 48-32 to extend their season-opening winning streak to six games.