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Robert Failing of Carson City runs for positive yardage against Laingsburg during the second quarter Friday night. (Daily News/Cory Smith)

VIDEO: Laingsburg spoil Eagles homecoming

Laingsburg was invited to Carson City-Crystal’s homecoming Friday, but they weren’t very gracious guests. The Wolfpack jumped out to a quick lead and beat the Eagles 63-34 Friday in a Central Michigan Athletic Conference matchup.

Belding’s Matt Gross (13) and Ryan Stowell (52) combine to take down the Jason Gingrich of Cedar Springs during Friday’s homecoming game at Rudness Field.

Cedar Springs’ defense helps top Belding 28-16

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks defense gave up one big play. Unfortunately, for the Belding Redskins the Red Hawks defense made many more to help carry the team.

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Greenville football shut out at GR Christian

The Yellow Jackets were mercied by the Eagles Friday, falling behind 35-0 at halftime to start the running clock.

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Manistee CC stops Vestaburg

The Wolverines led 9-6 late in the fourth quarter on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Austin Myers to Ryan Freeman and a 32-yard field goal from Ryan Daley. But a muffed punt that the Sabers returned for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter was the difference.

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Central Montcalm outscores Holton

Will Plavan scored on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter to put the Green Hornets ahead to stay.

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Montabella tops Onekama on homecoming

The Mustangs punched their ticket to the playoffs by beating the Portagers Friday night.

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Sidney Township sewer project on time and on budget

Construction is wrapping on on the $5.8 million sewer system around Derby and Nevins lakes.

Montcalm County Building Department Director Scott Minard said local construction work is not booming like it was several years ago, but it's holding steady from last year's numbers.

Constructing a comeback?

Construction may be making a comeback.
The Montcalm County Building Department has issued 450 permits so far this year, including agricultural, commercial, demolition, industrial and residential work.

Workers with Advanced Geo Services use a vacuum truck to remove contaminated soil from a home on Howard Street in Belding.

Public hearing Monday to discuss lead contamination cleanup in Belding

Bob Seeley watched with a sense of relief on Thursday as workers removed soil from his mother’s backyard as part of a lead contamination cleanup in Belding. “We haven’t been able to grow grass back there for more than 20 years,” Seeley said. “We hope it’s all going to be OK when they are done.” Crews are removing contaminated soil near downtown Belding. Mueller Brass, whose brass rod manufacturing plant nearby caused the contamination, is paying for the project.

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Financial fallout hits Montcalm County departments

Montcalm County departments are beginning to deal with the repercussions of $1.3 million in budget cuts. Projected expenditures of more than $15 million and projected revenues of about $14 million left the county about $1.3 million short for 2011-2012 — more than half of which is a result of lower revenue.
The Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 to approve budget cuts Sept. 26.