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ROUNDUP: Prep basketball scores from Thursdsay, Feb. 21

Central Montcalm 52, Hesperia 36: The Green Hornets picked up a CSAA win Thursday night when they outscored the Panthers 31-16 in the second half. Scott Schalow led Central with 11 points …

The Belding Area Schools Administration Building, at 1975 Orchard St. in Belding, will now remain open heading into the 2013-14 school year. The Belding school board had previously voted to close the facility in 2011. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Administration building to remain open in Belding

After a thorough reevaluation, members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education reversed a decision from more than a year ago that will now keep the district’s administration building on Orchard Street open and in use. At Monday night’s school board meeting, a unanimous vote changed a decision from November 2011 that was originally in favor of closing the facility.


New resource available in Montcalm County for paying mortgage or property taxes

The number of foreclosed properties continue to be on the rise in Montcalm County. The county forfeited 880 parcels in 2009 (from 2007 taxes), 974 parcels in 2010 (from 2008 taxes), 1,180 parcels in 2011 (from 2009 taxes) and 1,200 parcels last year (from 2010 taxes), according to Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin.


Funeral Notices for Feb. 22, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

Greenville’s Kae Page dribbles by a Forest Hills Eastern defender during Wednesday’s  45-43 loss at home. Greenville did win the O-K Bronze title.

Greenville girls win conference, lose game

The Greenville girls basketball team are conference champions for the first time since 1990. The Yellow Jackets were already assured of the first O-K Bronze title — prior to Wednesday’s tipoff — courtesy of a loss by second place Forest Hills Northern on Tuesday to Grand Rapids West Catholic.


FH Eastern tops Greenville at the buzzer

For the second time this season, the Greenville and Forest Hills Eastern boys basketball teams went into overtime. Unfortunately, for the second time Eastern (12-6, 6-2) knocked off the Yellow Jackets with a shot at the buzzer.


ROUNDUP: Prep basketball scores from Wednesday, Feb. 20

Vestaburg 75, Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy 31: The Wolverines outscored Crossroads Charter 23-10 in the second quarter for a mercy-rule win Wednesday night. Dewayne McKinney had 26 points and 20 rebounds…


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.