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JUST IN: Smoke and flames at Maplewood Square

GREENVILLE— Local firefighters were quick to extinguish a fire on Sunday at the Maplewood Square Apartments in Greenville. At around 4:30 p.m., Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to a call of smoke at 1414 S. Maplewood Drive. Smoke was coming from the vents and seeping from the walls at the entryway of the apartment [...]

Kelly Sherman is pictured with her eldest daughter, Chloe, age 10. Kelly and her husband Michael also have a 3-year-old daughter, Cooper. — Courtesy photo

Carson City woman is fighting stage 4 cancer

The last few years have been tough for the Sherman family of Carson City. Kelly Sherman was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2013. She fought it and believed she had won.

Here’s a look at homeless student statistics and reduced lunch statistics at Belding Area Schools and Montcalm County’s seven public school districts. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Local student opens up about homeless plight

Homelessness is a powerful word. It conjures a composite of images: A man begging for change under a bridge. A woman holding a sign by a freeway exit. A filthy, bearded man in stained pants sleeping under newspapers on a park bench. A sad-looking woman in a ratty coat pushing a shopping cart full of junk down the street.

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Belding teacher contract denied for third time

The path to a solution regarding the lengthy contract dispute between Belding teachers and the Board of Education has struck its largest impasse. A tentative agreement was recently reached on the contract between the school board and Belding Education Association (BEA) teachers union negotiators, but it was overwhelmingly voted down by the union this week.

Crystal Township Historical Society President David Wight addresses concerns Wednesday evening raised by the Crystal Township Board regarding the possibility of moving a museum in to the former Crystal Community Library building. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal library closes in on new building

The effort to relocate Crystal Community Library to a more reliable facility is moving forward. At Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, board members voted 5-0 to approve a contract with the Carson City Public Library Board, which manages the Crystal library.

Montcalm Township Supervisor Mike Adams breaks down corrugated cardboard while cleaning up at the Montcalm Township Hall and Fire Department complex recycling site. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township recycling site constantly filled with trash

The Montcalm Township Hall and Fire Department complex is starting to get a little trashy … quite literally. The four recycling bins located at the township complex are being filled with items which are not meant to be recycled. In spite of a clearly posted sign, people are dumping all sorts of trash in the recycle dumpsters.

The Greenville Yellow Jackets pose for a team photo after winning its 10th consecutive district title at home on Thursday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville wrestlers top Sparta, Cedar Springs to win title

The Sparta Spartans were supposed to be the threat to dethrone the Greenville Yellow Jackets. Instead, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks nearly snapped Greenville’s district domination.

Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team poses with the district trophy after winning the Division 4 district title Thursday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal makes it three straight district titles

Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team began their road to Kellogg Arena for the team wrestling finals with another district title. The Eagles won both of their matches during the Division 4 district meet at Fulton High School on Thursday night.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 13, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

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Lakeview Middle School students hear why it’s ‘Cool to be Kind’

Life can be tough for kids in middle school. Stuck in that adolescent no-man’s land between childhood and the world of adults is often a confusing miasma of trying to fit in, trying to stand out and just trying to make it through another day of sixth grade. It’s all too easy for kids to make bad decisions. And often, when they do, they’re too emotionally inexperienced to find workable solutions to their problems.