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OUR VIEW: Drain office hiring a bad idea

Sandy Raines was elected Montcalm County’s drain commissioner in November’s election, and we likely could not have elected a more competent and qualified person to that office. She served as deputy drain commissioner under the long-time commissioner, Don Cooper. As assistant to the highly respected Cooper, she undoubtedly played a strong role in her predecessor’s success.

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Fire destroys fleet of golf carts, pole barn at Fry’s Golf Carts of Crystal

A private golf cart business received a blow to its business Wednesday after a fire destroyed dozens of the owners’ golf carts stored in a pole barn. Eddie Avey was working Wednesday morning in the pole barn of Fry’s Golf Carts LLC, owned by Cliff and Bonnie Fry, at 5575 S. Mt. Hope road, when he heard a loud bangfrom the rear of the 60-by-100-foot building.


Greenville approves road closures for Yellow Jacket Challenge

Road and trail closures have been approved by the Greenville City Council for the Yellow Jacket Challenge on April 21. During the Greenville City Council meeting on Tuesday, council approved the plans requested by Penny Dora, race director for the Yellow Jacket Challenge.

Members of Belding City Council deliberate Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding in front of a near capity crowd on a proposed ordinance amendment concerning the city’s industrial zoned areas. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding City Council rejects sidewalk ordinance amendment

There’s no denying a desire for more sidewalks throughout the city of Belding. Providing ample pathways for foot traffic throughout the city limits is a dream that many residents have wished to come true for years. But at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, an issue focusing on the addition of sidewalks in the industrial zoned areas of the city drew critical response from business owners and citizens as members of City Council rejected an ordinance amendment that would have allowed the Belding Planning Commission to declare the installment of certain sidewalks as “unreasonable.”


Funeral Notices for Feb. 20, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

Belding head coach Travis Meyer, left, cheers on his team during the regional team tournament at Lakewood High School on Feb. 13. The Redskins won their first regional title since 1988.

Former Belding wrestler leads alma mater to state finals

Belding wrestling coach Travis Meyer gets to do something this week he never had the opportunity to do as a high school wrestler. The former Redskin — graduated from Belding in 2001 — will get to lead his program on the mat at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek for the MHSAA team state wrestling finals on Friday and hopefully Saturday, as well.


GUEST VIEW: Making a reading pledge this year

In today’s world of technology and busy lives, fewer of us are reading, in turn, we are not setting that example for our children. I ask all of your readers to join me in a pledge to read to our children every night this year.

Yellow Jacket Drive will extend to Hillcrest Drive by the end of June. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Yellow Jacket Drive extension to be completed this summer

With an agreement being approved by the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees, the extension of Yellow Jacket Drive is projected to be completed by the end of June. During a Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, the board approved to deed the property the driveway will sit on to the City of Greenville and approved a title permit to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

Firefighters wait in the front yard of the residence at 115 First St. in Trufant Monday evening as a precaution as firefighters check the home to assure a fire that began in the basement of the home is completely extinguished. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Trufant basement fire quickly extinguished, no one injured

A family of six is resting peacefully at a nearby friend’s home today after firefighters successfully contained and extinguished a fire in the basement of their Trufant home. Melissa Portell and her husband, Jeremy Portell, along with their four children, were home at their residence at 115 W. First St. when Melissa discovered a fire in the basement.

The Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees met Monday at the Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

MCC moves forward with Early College program

The Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees took the next step toward ensuring the Early College program will move forward. During the board’s meeting on Monday, trustees approved the Early College consortium agreement, which commits MCC to being a part of the program.