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From left, registered nurses Kathy Raby and Amber Ryan and emergency room physician Mike Cearlock listen as Sheridan Community Hospital Administrator Randy Fleschig takes a moment to check up on the day’s activities Thursday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Sheridan Community Hospital the last independent hospital in county

Sheridan Community Hospital is in the minority, but continues to serve the majority of those who live in the heart of Montcalm County. Carson Health, which has been an affiliate of Lansing-based Sparrow Heath Systems since 1997, officially merged with Sparrow on Feb. 1 and is now known as Sparrow Carson Health.

During the Eureka Township Planning Commission meeting Wednesday, township residents Jeff Arntz and Mary Hilton debate the rezoning of Hiltons’ property. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Eureka Planning Commission to hold public hearing concerning rezoning

A Eureka Township property owner’s request for rezoning is meeting with some resistance from the neighbors. The Eureka Township Planning Commission heard comments Wednesday from Bill and Mary Hilton who requested their property be rezoned from agricultural to suburban residential.

Belding High School Principal Brett Zuver, left, and Dallas Bell, executive director of partner schools for West Michigan Virtual, speak about the benefits of the new Belding Virtual Learning Center, expected to open this summer at The Commons business complex in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Virtual learning coming to Belding

A virtual path to academic success for struggling high school students in this community will soon be a reality. In a 7-0 vote by members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Monday, the district officially entered into an agreement with Berrien Springs Public School to establish the Belding Virtual Learning Center.

Carson City-Crystal’s Mikayla Duflo (11) shoots despite the crowd of Montabella’s Kendra Stockwell (21), Madi Cutler (14) and Hannah Stockwell (3) on Thursday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

CC-C girls down Mustangs, clinch MSAC championship

For the first time since joining the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC), the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team is the conference champions. And this time, they don’t have to share it with Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart.

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SPORTS GALORE: Wrestlers turn to individual aspect

Honestly, I expect to see near that same number following Saturday’s tournaments. This year, though, could produce the area’s first individual state champion since Greenville’s Jordan Thomas (189 pounds in Division 2), Lakeview’s Jordan Betham (152 in Division 3) and Carson City-Crystal’s Kenneth Dittenber (103 in Division 4) all won state titles.

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THE REVIEW: Preparing for a whirlwind

Walking into Fifth Third Ballpark that August evening, the buzz was hard to ignore. With 8,000-plus fans crowding into their seats, the West Michigan Whitecaps prepared to move a step closer to their playoff push.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 20, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

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OUR VIEW: Jake Eckholm focused on Lakeview and Stanton

When Jacob Eckholm stepped into the role of city manager of Stanton and village manager of Lakeview six months ago, he didn’t have a lot of time to sit back and soak in the current state of affairs for either municipality.

That being said, he still seems to have a pretty good grasp on what needs to get done and the kinds of things that will help both communities thrive. And we like his focus.

Tri County Area Schools voters will be asked to vote on a $2.7 million five-year sinking fund proposal Tuesday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Tri County voters asked to approve $2.7 million sinking fund

Voters in the Tri County Area Schools district will be asked to approve a $2.7 million sinking fund proposal on Tuesday. Ask any Tri County administrator why, and the words “safety” and “security” will be voiced.

On Tuesday, certified recreational planning consultant Pam Blough, of P.M. Plough Inc., discusses the highlights of the Greenville Community Recreation Plan for 2015 to 2019. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council OKs 5-year recreation plan

This week, the city of Greenville unveiled an integral plan for the future of the city: A Community Recreation Plan for 2015 to 2019. During Tuesday’s meeting, the Greenville City Council hosted a public hearing for the recreation plan. Upon receiving no public comment, the council unanimously approved the plan. This five-year master plan for the Greenville Area Community Center and Recreation Department is the result of months of work by the nine members of Greenville Area Community Center and Recreation Department Recreation Committee and Director Kris Berry as well as City Engineer Doug Hinken.