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Greenville junior Leah Somerfield goes up for a shot during the Class A district semifinals last week. Somerfield was named first team O-K Bronze.

Three Yellow Jackets earn O-K Bronze honors

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team had one of its most successful seasons in school history this year. Greenville finished the season 18-5 overall with a loss in the district finals, but along the way won the school’s first conference title since 1990.

Carson City-Crystal’s Brann Schmitt elevates over a defender earlier this season. The Eagles will face Laingsburg in a Class C district final tonight at Pewamo-Westphalia.

CC-Crystal boys ready for district final

Carson City-Crystal’s boys basketball team knows a little something about its opponent tonight. The Eagles have faced the Laingsburg Wolfpack before, specifically last season when both teams were in the Central Michigan Athletic Conference.


OUR VIEW: Leave our resources to scientists, not politicians

The Michigan Senate on Tuesday quietly approved Senate Bill 78, a bill that slaps handcuffs on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ ability to manage its Biodiversity Stewardship Areas (BSAs) and Living Legacy Programs. SB 78 removes DNR authority to section off and create biodiversity areas on state or private land. Authority for such action shifts to the Legislature. The Michigan Environmental Council strongly opposes the bill.

Longtime Grand Rapids Press columnist and author Tom Rademacher, left, attended his sister-in-law Doreen Rickert Rademacher’s book signing Wednesday afternoon at Epic Coffee House in Rockford. He is seen here conversing with Kelly Finger McNeela, whose life with MS is the topic of the book. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Local MS sufferer’s story an inspirational read

There’s just something about Kelly Finger McNeela that draws people to her. Maybe it’s her positive attitude, maintained in the face of decades of severe multiple sclerosis (MS). Maybe it’s the way she remembers your name, the names of your kids, the topic of a conversation shared weeks earlier. Whatever that elusive “something” is, it piqued the interest of local author Doreen Rickert Rademacher back when both women had children attending Belmont Elementary School.


Local radio host to be on Friday’s Rachael Ray Show

A local radio personality will appear on the Rachael Ray Show to have a small plastic-surgery procedure performed on her by a former Greenville resident. Radio host Kara Stevens of M 106.3 will be on the Rachael Ray Show on Friday while Dr. Anthony Youn, a Greenville High School graduate, performs a surgery that repairs ear lobes.

Veronica Haring

Ronald Township woman sentenced in Palo bomb threat

A 38-year-old Ronald Township woman was sentenced Tuesday involving the bomb threat to Palo Elementary School on Nov. 28. Veronica Lynn Haring was sentenced in Ionia Circuit Court today on one count of a false report of threat of a bomb/harmful device and once count probation violation.

Belding’s Brenden Zuver goes in for a layup during Wednesday’s district semifinal games at Shepherd.

Central Montcalm, Belding both fall in district semis

The Central Montcalm Hornets and Belding Redskins boys basketball teams have had similar seasons this year. Both the Hornets and Redskins struggled to win games, but battled hard and never gave up. Wednesday’s district semifinal games were more of the same for the two schools.


Funeral Notices for March 7, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, March 7, 2013

A view from the southernmost trestle bridge in Belding near Wells Road shows a view of the Flat River looking north. The bridge will be incorporated into the 2.2 mile paved rail trail to be completed in summer 2014. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding City Council OKs engineering and design of 2.2-mile city rail trail

The list of local cities that have adopted and installed rail to trail projects within their communities continues to grow. Alma, Edmore, Greenville, Ionia, McBride, Owosso, Sidney, Stanton and St. Johns have all reaped the benefits of paved recreational paths, all part of one 125-mile stretch, the fifth longest of its kind in the nation.


Greenville OKs 10% sewage rate hike

City residents will notice an increase in sewer rates, which will go into affect in April. At Tuesday’s meeting, the Greenville City Council approved a 10 percent mid-year rate increase to the sewer rates for city residents.