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Smoke from barn fire kills livestock in Winfield Township

Smoke from a barn fire Wednesday afternoon at 8834 N. Bailey Road caused several barn animals to perish.

A 2011 GMC Terrain traveling eastbound on Fenwick Road collided with an eastbound horse-drawn buggy Wednesday morning in Bloomer Township. — Courtesy photo

UPDATE: 10-year-old boy dies after car-buggy accident

A 10-year-old boy has died after being injured in a car-buggy accident.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a collision of a car and a horse-drawn buggy on Fenwick Road west of Miner Road at 7:54 a.m. Wednesday.

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Funeral Notices for March 17, 2017

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, March 17, 2017

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IN BRIEF: Lakeview school board approves soccer, track projects

The Wildcats’ soccer and track fields will both see some changes this spring after the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to make improvements during Thursday night’s meeting.

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IN BRIEF: Stanton commissioners argue over office position

Before City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert was hired as part-time city manager and part-time community liaison, Stanton had a part-time shared city manager a part-time community liaison and a full-time city clerk/treasurer.

Staff changes over the past several months have resulted in a reduced city office staff consisting of Pynaert, City Clerk/Treasurer Lori Braman and Office Assistant Tiffany Kohn. The changes added one part-time office assistant position to the city.

Treasurer Cara Johnson, left, and Supervisor Joseph Daller review documents during Tuesday evening’s regular meeting of the Otisco Township Board.

Ionia County commissioner upset township didn’t consider his late bid

A bid for lawn care services led to unexpected drama Tuesday evening. During the regular meeting of the Otisco Township Board, the board opened a bid from Borek Services of Smyrna for lawn care services at the township hall, the lot next to the hall, the Otisco Cemetery and the Smyrna Cemetery.

From left, Trustee Patricia Hinrichs, Montcalm Community College President Bob Ferrentino and Debra Alexander, dean of student and enrollment services, listen to a discussion about policy governance during Tuesday afternoon’s MCC Board retreat. 

MCC board talks policy governance

The Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees had a lesson in policy governance during its retreat meeting Tuesday afternoon. The board heard a presentation via video conference from Richard Stringham, a senior consultant with The Governance Coach. The presentation detailed different elements of policy governance, a paradigm created by Dr. John Carver.

Belding senior Johanna McCully signs on the dotted line on a letter of intent with Aquinas College, where she will be one of a few incoming freshmen for the Saints women’s volleyball team next year. Behind her is her mother, at left, MaryJo McCully, and her Belding high school volleyball coach, Mikayla Linebaugh, who retired after the season.

Belding’s Johanna McCully signs with Aquinas to play volleyball

When Rick Schroeder was hired as Aquinas College’s women’s volleyball coach, Johanna McCully was the first person he wanted to recruit. “Right now, we’re graduating six seniors, so the team got a little smaller,” Schroeder said. “So, in 2017, we’re definitely looking to build our roster up with not only great athletes, but great individuals, too. We definitely think that Johanna offers both, exceptionally.” McCully, 18, a senior at Belding, signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play volleyball with the Aquinas Saints and study nursing at the college, which is just as important to McCully.

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HIT THE LINE HARD: Surviving the first round of March Madness

Perhaps there were many like me, but my brackets for the NCAA mens basketball tournament last year found its way to the trash can far, far too early. And I can thank the first round of upsets — and expected upsets that didn’t happen — for that.

Sheridan Village Councilman Derek Wagner and Village President Susan Wyckoff-McFarland review summaries of sealed trash bids Tuesday. Both Wagner and Wyckoff-McFarland were in favor of contracting with Republic Services, which ultimately was approved by the Village Council 4-1. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Sheridan switches trash collection to Republic

Every three years, Sheridan accepts sealed bids for trash collection. During Tuesday night’s Sheridan Village Council meeting, it was time for council members to once again review bids and grant a contract to a trash collection company.