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Members of the Greenville Middle School eighth grade band celebrate upon learning they earned a Division I Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association  rating Friday at Belding High School. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Student concert bands persevere through challenging winter season

When students from the Belding High School symphonic band took the stage Friday afternoon, they had already mentally prepared for the worst. The band members were the final ensemble to perform of 17 total bands that took to the stage of Belding High School’s impressive performing arts theater during the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) District 7 Festival.

Angela Hollinshead

Montcalm County commissioners consider future of Animal Control

Angela Hollinshead has big dreams for Montcalm County Animal Control.

The Stanton facility’s director appeared before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Economic Development and Physical Resources Committee today to make several requests.


Funeral Notices for March 10, 2014

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Police looking for man who allegedly attempted to abduct girl near Howard City

Deputies from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office are looking for a man who allegedly attempted to abduct and 8-year-old Howard City girl Sunday afternoon.

Belding’s Kole Hart fades away for a shot during Friday’s district final win against Alma.

Belding wins district title in overtime

ELSIE — Belding’s boys basketball team may be under .500 for the season, but they are district champions. The Redskins outlasted the Alma Panthers in overtime Friday night, winning 59-58 on a Kole Hart jumper with 10 seconds left in the extra period. The title is the Redskins’ first since the 2009-2010 season. “In overtime [...]

Lakeview’s Shawn Lindsey drives by an Ithaca defender in first half of Friday’s district final game at home.

Lakeview holds on for win over Ithaca

LAKEVIEW — The Lakeview Wildcats are district champions for the first time since 2008. It did not come easy. The Wildcats (20-3) opened the second half with a flurry, but needed a late basket by junior Nate Shurlow to clinch a 46-45 Class C district championship over the Ithaca Yellowjackets on Friday night in Lakeview. [...]


Funeral Notices for March 8, 2014

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What began as simply walking in place turned into a vigorous daily workout routine for Tiffany Duffield, who is one of three finalist for the Governor’s Fitness Award for Conquering Obesity. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville woman’s transformation results in statewide recognition

Out of breath at the top of a flight of stairs and her lips and fingers tingling, a 363-pound Tiffany Duffield decided she had had enough. At 29 years old, she had to lose weight. “That was my breaking point. I called my husband and said I can’t do this anymore,” Duffield said. “I felt like I was going to die.”

Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer speaks to a crowd of fellow Democrats and Montcalm County residents at Huckleberry’s Restaurant in Greenville Friday. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Governor candidate Schauer makes a visit to Greenville

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer stopped at Huckleberry’s Restaurant Friday with the message of a need for change in Lansing, taking his shots at Gov. Rick Snyder.

Cory Smith

Daily News staffers haul in 11 awards in AP contest

There are nearly 30 daily newspapers with a circulation of 15,000 or less in Michigan. Only two will win as many awards in the 2013 Michigan Associated Press Media Editors (APME) Contest as The Daily News.mike