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Firefighters battle 5-hour blaze in Pierson (Video and Photos)

Multiple fire departments battled a blaze for at least five hours this morning in downtown Pierson. Randy and Denise Granger’s home at 321 Amy School Road just off Federal and Stanton roads was left in shambles after a fire raged through the 22-room old farmhouse.

Brian Greene has been appointed to fill the vacant seat on the Greenville City Council. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville City Council fills vacant position

The Greenville City Council has appointed a former councilman to fill the vacancy on the council. During Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the council voted to appoint Brian Greene to the council. The vacancy came after the council accepted the resignation of former councilman and mayor Kenneth Snow during the last meeting on Jan. 17.


OUR VIEW: An expensive lesson learned?

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners were reluctant to allow a countywide public transportation millage to move forward … with good reason, as it turns out. The Montcalm County Transportation Authority owes $11,631 to the Montcalm County Clerk’s Office and to local townships for election costs stemming from the Nov. 8 failed millage vote.

Freshman Elise Ensing helps fellow student Matthew Crittenden put a screen protector on his Samsung Galaxy Tablet after the students received their devices for the Mobile One to One project on Tuesday. — Daily News/ Kelli Ameling

Mobile One to One pilot project becomes reality for Greenville schools

Greenville Public Schools and Verizon Wireless have partnered to launch the pilot of the school’s Mobile One to One project. The project, which was announced at the beginning of the school year, officially launched Tuesday with 450 students. Half of the students were given Samsung Galaxy Tablets while the other 225 were given Droid X2s.

Polar Plunge participants brave the icy waters in 2011. — File photo

Polar Plunge at Clifford Lake set for Saturday

Depending on the day, it may not look or feel like winter as you step outside, but come Saturday dozens of individuals will embrace the cold winter temperatures of Clifford Lake as they plunge into the icy waters. In an effort to raise funds for year-round sports training and athletic competitions for more than 18,600 children and adults with disabilities in Michigan, participants will jump into the frozen waters of Clifford lake at the fourth annual Polar Plunge at Clifford Lake Inn.


Funeral Notices for Feb. 8, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012


Belding council OKs Rails to Trails grants

Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail-Trail Preliminary Budget for Belding Item    Total Asphalt Paving    $495,000 Bridges    $700,000 Contingencies    $119,500 Engineering    $262,900 Total Budget    $1,577,400 Proposed Fund Model MDOT Enhancement Grant    $657,000 MDNR Grant    $300,000 RIF/RTP    $75,000 City of Belding    $25,000 Private/Other    $520,400 *RIF = Recreation Improvement Fund Grant *RTP = Recreational Trails Program Grant   [...]

Julie Stafford

JULIE STAFFORD: Blood drives hit home

My life is divided into two time frames. Before my daughter Emma was diagnosed with cancer and after I heard the doctor confirm my worst fear. For example, before Emma at the age of 8 was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma, I knew blood drives took place and I knew they were important. But that’s about as far as my thought process went.

Montabella’s Charley Helmer battles through a triple-team on Tuesday night at home against Central Montcalm. Helmer scored 23 points in the Mustangs win.

Montabella pulls away in 2nd half against Central Montcalm

Montabella’s Charley Helmer and Jemikal Papendick used their size to their advantage. The two seniors combined for 43 points — 26 points in the second half — to fend off the scrappy Central Montcalm Green Hornets 71-57 in a nonleague game on Tuesday night.

Thomas Mall

GUEST VIEW: Time for DDA to 
focus on downtown Greenville

I would like to share some thoughts with you regarding our downtown community in need. For those who are not aware, I am the owner of a building in downtown Greenville. In addition, I served on the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) board prior to the addition of the western development area to the original downtown DDA area. During those prior years the DDA was successfully focused on downtown issues.