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Belding’s Monica Baylis leads a pack of runners in the 1,600-meter run at the O-K Blue Conference meet Friday.

Sparta boys, Cedar Springs girls win O-K Blue meet

Belding’s track teams were the host for the O-K Blue Conference track meet Friday, but the stars were Sparta and Cedar Springs. The Spartans were the top boys team in the conference while the Red Hawk girls were tops on their side.


Greenville girls win O-K White track title

It was an impressive performance for the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls track team on Friday night at Lowell High School. In addition to winning their first conference title since 1992 (the Seaway Conference) the Yellow Jackets had eight individuals earn all-conference honors.


Funeral Notices for May 12, 2012

Read funeral notices for Saturday, May 12, 2012.

Crystal Township Board members voted Wednesday to approve a new resolution of a fire millage, allowing money to be spent on capitol improvements, but that resolution must be approved when the millage is up for renewal during regular Montcalm County primary election on Aug. 7. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township Board approves new resolution for fire millage

Efforts to build an addition to the Crystal Township Fire Department barn on Smith Street can finally make some headway – as long as township voters allow it to happen.

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Scott Brundage hired as Crystal’s Wastewater Facility administrator

The lone applicant for the position of Crystal Township Wastewater Facility administrator has officially been handed the job. Scott Brundage was unanimously hired by the Crystal Township Board at Wednesday night’s meeting.

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Multiple fire departments respond to Trufant barn fire (Photos)

Six fire departments responded to a fully involved fire at a barn that housed dairy cattle late Friday morning. The Maple Valley Township Fire Department was called to 477 Marble Road at 11:25 a.m. with a report that the roof of the barn was on fire.

Central Montcalm Band Director Matthew Reed teaches a middle school band class Thursday morning. The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education recently voted to eliminate Reed's position as part of nearly $1.5 million in budget cuts. Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm Public School adjusting to budget cuts

Last month, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education voted 4-3 to approve nearly $1.5 million in budget cuts. Superintendent Jake Helms estimates another $4,000 or $5,000 still needs to be cut. The district has lost 10 to 24 students per year in the last four years and is expected to see a similar or greater decline in enrollment for 2012-2013 year, according to Helms.


Montcalm County welding program to receive donations

The Montcalm Area Career Center will receive a $1,000 worth of donations for its welding program.

Perry Hill, a Montcalm Community College welding student, and Lincoln Electric Co. is donating welding jackets to the program, according to Paula Fortino, associate superintendent for Career Technical Education and the principal of the Montcalm Area Career Center.


Local farmers markets opening

Weekly farm and flea markets stimulate local economies by attracting visitors to shop for homegrown products. They offer a place to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, soaps, jellies, baked goods, antiques and crafts from local crafters and family-owned farms.

Two people sustained injuries and one had to be extricated from a vehicle Thursday afternoon when the driver of a white Dodge van traveling east on Kendaville Road failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a red Grand Prix traveling northbound on M-91. Daily News/Cory Smith

UPDATE: Two injured in accident near Five Corners store

Two people involved in a car accident Thursday afternoon are in stable condition at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Michigan State Police Troopers from the Lakeview post responded to an accident at the intersection of M-91 and Kendaville Road near the Five Corners store at 12:42 p.m.