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MEETING IN BRIEF: Sidney Township

Sidney Township Board report from Dec. 5, 2011.

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PHOTOS: Youth clinic opens in Lakeview

Spectrum Health United Memorial Practice Manager Jodi Aniszko said the new Lakeview Youth Clinic at the Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview has seen 65 youths in 14 days since it opened Nov. 13.

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Greenville businessmen mull downtown security cameras

There may be more eyes on the lookout for crime around downtown Greenville if funds become available. The city’s Downtown Development Authority discussed installing security cameras along Lafayette Street area and in public areas on Tuesday.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 14, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011

Central Montcalm’s Jared Cilibraise delivers a pass during Tuesday’s game at home against Big Rapids. Cilibraise scored a team-high 19 points.

Duo leads Big Rapids boys by Central Montcalm

The Big Rapids guard tandem of Nick Baldwin and Dario Williams proved to be to much for the Central Montcalm Hornets.

Central Montcalm’s Michaela Crooks brings the ball up the court against Big Rapids on Tuesday night at home.

Big third quarter leads Big Rapids girls by Central Montcalm

The Central Montcalm Hornets girls basketball team held close with the Big Rapids Cardinals for a half on Tuesday night.

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GUEST VIEW: Data-driven decision making avoided

It strikes me as odd that leaders in Lansing herald the virtues of data-driven decision making but press forward with legislation like Senate Bills (SB) 618 and 619. SB 618 lifts the cap on university authorized charters in the state and allows for unfettered expansion in a time when lawmakers urge consolidation.

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Stanton court security extended to April

Court security is safe for three more months. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to extend funding court security through the second quarter of the fiscal year — April 1 — for 8th Judicial Circuit Court, 64B District Court and Probate/Juvenile Court, all of which are housed in the judicial complex in Stanton.

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Montcalm County transportation millage won’t go to another vote

Montcalm County voters may have recently been taken on a $10,000 ride. Voters overwhelmingly said “no” on Nov. 8 to a proposed countywide public transportation system millage, dubbed the Montcalm Ride. The request for a new 0.3-mill property tax was shot down 2,842 votes to 1,611 votes, or about 61 to 39 percent.

Bill Barnwell

Sheriff makes millage pitch to Eureka Township board

Around the clock coverage from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department could soon be a thing of the past. Sheriff Bill Barnwell told the Eureka Township board Monday night that a 1-mill property tax increase must be approved on Feb. 28 for 24/7 coverage to continue.