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James Freed, center, speaks out against a millage proposed by the Montcalm Alliance while the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners, at left, and Montcalm Alliance members, at right, listen. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm Alliance millage request to bypass Montcalm County voters

The Montcalm Alliance’s request for a countywide millage to fund economic development efforts will be voted on without local voters or a ballot. Montcalm Alliance members previously presented an overview of their millage request to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Nov. 12. At that meeting, Montcalm Alliance members said they wanted to pursue voter approval of .1 mills to generate $162,000 to allow the Montcalm Alliance to join forces with The Right Place, a West Michigan business development and economic development agency which offers services to support existing and new businesses.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 3, 2013

Funeral Notices for Dec. 3, 2013

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Hours reduced at Hubbardston Post Office as part of USPS cuts

A reduction in post office hours may seem like a minor thing, but it’s a major blow to this small village. Starting on Jan. 1, hours at the Hubbardston Post Office will be reduced by half. Officer in charge Menita Merrill, who has worked at the post office for the past 10 years, will be working four hours per day instead of eight hours. “It’s not a happy story,” she said. “It’s not just me, it’s not just here, it’s a lot of places. It’s just sad.”


OUR VIEW: Belding and Greenville lend a helping hand

There’s always lots of heartwarming stories unfolding during the holiday season — and Belding and Greenville are no exception.

Greenville High School graduate Madelynne Wager is shown in Africa’s Kalahari Desert. Wager was recently named Top 35 Under 35 by Young People in International Affairs for her efforts abroad. Wager is an intern at The Brenthurst Foundation, which works to improve economic stability in Africa. — Courtesy Photo

Greenville grad honored for her efforts to help economic growth in Africa

As a coveted Machel-Mandela intern at a foundation focused on economic growth in Africa, Madelynne Wager was recently honored as one of the most impactful young people on international affairs. Wager, who graduated from Greenville High School in 2009, has spent the last five months in South Africa working with policy makers to form ideas to help encourage economic growth on the continent.


OUR VIEW: Belding picketers got it right

As commuters traveled through downtown Belding last Tuesday, they may have been surprised by what they saw: Dozens of community members from Belding and neighboring communities silently and steadily marching with signs along the sidewalk near Belding City Hall. Their mission? To get former police officer Jason Cooper rehired to the Belding Police Department.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 2, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Dec. 2, 2013

Brendon Roszell donated more than 400 pounds of dog and cat food to the Montcalm County Animal Shelter, rather than receive birthday presents this year. The Sheridan boy wanted to make sure the animals there had a “good Thanksgiving.” — Courtesy photo

Sheridan youth shares birthday, Thanksgiving with Animal Shelter

Brendon Roszell considers himself lucky. Allen Roszell, left, helped his son, Brendon, center, deliver over 400 pounds of dog and cat food to the Montcalm County Animal Shelter in Stanton. Accepting the donation was Animal Control Director Angela Sova, right.On Thanksgiving, the Central Montcalm Middle School student sat down with his father, Allen, grandmother, Annette, and other family members and — like a lot of Americans — enjoyed a belt-busting meal and the company of those he loves. But before he did that, Brendon did his part to make sure the canine residents of the Montcalm County Animal Shelter also had a good holiday.


Funeral Notices – Nov. 30, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, November 30, 2013.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 29, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Nov. 29, 2013