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Former Montcalm County mental health leader imprisoned for felonies

A well respected Montcalm County mental health leader has ended his career in disgrace and a prison term in another county.

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 28, 2016

Read The Daily News funeral Notices for Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

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IN BRIEF: Johansen named head of Greenville Transportation Committee

John Johansen and Mark Christensen were named chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee at Wednesday’s quarterly meeting.

Montcalm County Commissioner Ron Baker, right, takes a moment to speak with Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, after Monday afternoon’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons defend law restricting ballot communication

Facing criticism from local officials, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan are defending legislation they believe is being incorrectly interpreted. During Monday afternoon’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College, Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen addressed Emmons about Public Act 269, a campaign finance law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Jan. 6.

Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford shoots a 3-point shot from the corner in front of Lakeview’s Amanda Larson during the first half at home on Tuesday. Ledford led all scorers with 21 points in the Hornets win. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm downs rival Lakeview 47-31

It had been a long time since Central Montcalm defeated rival Lakeview in girls basketball. The Wildcats looked out of sync from the opening tip, while the Hornets came ready to play in a 47-31 win at home on Tuesday.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Jan. 26

Belding 49, Coopersville 43: The Redskins remained undefeated in the O-K Blue Conference after beating the Broncos Tuesday night. Katie Wood led Belding with 21 points, Greta Wilker added 14 and Hallee Breimayer had 12 more…

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Landon Kemp leads Greenville by Wyoming

Landon Kemp had herself a night Tuesday. The Greenville sophomore scored a game-high 32 points in a 63-53 win over the Wyoming Wolves in an O-K Bronze Conference game. Kemp said she didn’t see a 32-point performance coming.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a request for the Road Commission for Montcalm County to borrow $4 million for local road work. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Road Commission to borrow $4 million for Montcalm County roads

The Road Commission for Montcalm County will be borrowing $4 million to get a jump start on road work based on Michigan’s legislative road funding package. Road Commission Superintendent-Manager Mark Christensen appeared before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday to request permission for the Road Commission to begin the process of borrowing $4 million. The board unanimously approved the request.

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JUST IN: Meth lab discovered during response to home break-in

A call to a report of breaking and entering Tuesday led to the discovery of an “open pot meth lab.”

Lakeview’s Nolan Saxton, right, fights for position against Chippewa Hills’ Austin Spedowski during the 135-pound final at the Lakeview Invitational on Saturday. Saxton won by decision 4-2. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview’s Saxton eyes individual state championship

Nolan Saxton has established himself as being one of the best wrestlers in the state. The two-time state placer — seventh as a freshman and fifth as a sophomore — is currently ranked No. 5 at 130 pounds in Division 3 by michigangrappler.com. Saxton, a junior, is 29-3 this year with a career record of 107-14. All three losses this year have come to past individual state champions.