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David Bourgeois, president and creative director of Voice Coaches, a New York-based business which helps people train for voice-acting careers, will instructor a one-day only class called “Getting Paid To Talk” at Montcalm Community College Dec. 3. The class will be limited to 25 people. (Courtesy photo)

Dec. 3 voice acting class could open up self-employment opportunities in growing industry

There is a growing industry that is allowing more and more people self-employed opportunities, both full-time and part-time. One only needs a voice.

Belding’s Wesco gas station opened its doors once again Nov. 3, after several months of construction in which an entirely new building, complete with new gas pumps, was erected. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

BUSINESS BEAT: Wesco gas station re-opens in Belding with bigger, better store

There’s been no change in the name, and the location remains the same, but when it comes to improving customer experience, Wesco is marching full speed ahead.

The 16th annual Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops concert will be Dec. 9 at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $18 and go on sale Monday at The Daily News office in downtown Greenville. (File photo)

Tickets go on sale Monday for Holiday Pops concert

It is that time of year again — the annual Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops concert.

From right, St. Louis High School sophomore Daniel Davis,16, and St. Louis Nikkari Elementary fifth grade student Dominik Allen, 11, pet a live snake handled by Zoo Education Instructor Tara Lafferty of John Ball Zoo during Deaf Pride Day on Friday at Montcalm Community College. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Students enjoy John Ball Traveling Zoo at annual Deaf Pride Day

St. Louis High School senior Tiffany Bittinger will be graduating this spring, which made her enjoyment of Friday’s Deaf Pride Day bittersweet.

Eric McLaughlin, the information technology director for Montcalm County, works on one of the county’s computers. The county is preparing to switch from a Baraccuda computer backup system to a Unitrends system, which will save money and store more data. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Montcalm County buys $45,000 computer backup system

Montcalm County government is trading in its computer backup system for a new one with more storage and an attractive price tag.


Funeral Notices — Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

Funeral notices — Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

The Belding Redskins won its sixth volleyball district championship in the past eight years with a sweep over the Alma Panthers at Shepherd High School on Thursday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding sweeps Alma, returns to volleyball regionals

It took the Belding Redskins less time to defeat the Alma Panthers than it took to drive to Shepherd High School. With a five-set district finals loss in 2014 fresh on their minds, the Redskins dispatched the Panthers in dominating fashion and straight sets at Shepherd on Thursday night. In near flawless play, Belding won 25-14, 25-9, 25-12 to win its sixth Class B district championship in eight years.

Five members of the Leaf It To Us volunteer group include, from left, Sydney Bucholz and Madilyn Barron of Belding, Jordan Powelson and Ian Millard of Greenville, and Mitchell Nichols of Stanton. The group came up with a volunteer service job for a class assignment through a Montcalm Community College’s Early College course raking leaves for local home owners. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Early College students take English course outside, learn life lessons

What started out as a class assignment has turned into a fulfilling life lesson for a few young students. Five students enrolled in Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) Early College program have created a free service for local residents as part of a year-long project. The group, creatively called “Leaf It To Us,” have been randomly choosing homes that need leaves raked and offering to do the raking for them for free.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 6, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Nov. 6, 2015

Kathy Jo VanderLaan, business development coordinator with The Right Place for Montcalm County, gives a report to the Greenville City Council during its Tuesday meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Kathy Jo VanderLaan gives The Right Place report to Greenville City Council

Sometimes life is all about being in the right place at the right time. When it comes to economic stimulation, Montcalm County has someone who is in the right place all the time: Kathy Jo VanderLaan. She is Montcalm County’s business development coordinator with The Right Place Inc.