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From left, Belding High School Robotics team members Jessie Boyd, Chase Bower, Sage Blunt, Jordan Witzel, and Joe Bartolatto stand with two of their robots after successfully qualifying for the VEX Robotics State Championship at Michigan State University with a win at the West Michigan VEX League Grandville Tournament this past week. — Courtesy photo

Belding robotics team wins tourney

The Belding robotics team is picking up right where it left off. Coming off a year that saw the team compete at the VEX Robotics World Championships, the team has begun the 2014-2015 school year by winning the West Michigan VEX League Grandville Tournament.

Crystal Township Fire Chief Lonnie Fitzpatrick, right, retired from the Crystal Township Fire Department on Nov. 30 after 47 years of service with the fire department. Assistant Fire Chief Scott Brundage, left, was appointed by the Crystal Township Board to replace Fitzpatrick as the new fire chief. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Crystal Township Fire Chief Lonnie Fitzpatrick retires after 47 years of service

When Lonnie Fitzpatrick first expressed a desire to join the Crystal Township Fire Department in 1967, his father had one message for him. “If you’re going to do it, stick with it,” Fitzpatrick recalled his father, Rod Fitzpatrick, saying. “Don’t get into it and then get out.”

The seventh grade student council at Greenville Middle School wraps up a “bully” during the Hero in the Hallway assembly on Thursday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville Middle School empowering students to stand up against bullying

One way to stop bullying is to empower not only the victims, but the witnesses to bullying as well.

This mindset is one Greenville Middle School officials are attempting to instill in students.

Two women console each other after learning of a fatal shooting last September in Greenville. At left, Greenville Department of Public Safety officers Jamie Sorsen, left, and Marty Obetts, investigate on scene. — File photo

JUST IN: Montcalm County prosecutor rules Greenville home invasion fatal shooting was justified

Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause released her review and conclusion of a home invasion which led to a fatal shooting in Greenville last summer.
On Saturday, Sept. 6, John Russell, 27, was shot and killed by Jess Braman, 38, after Russell broke into Braman’s house while Russell was naked with with marijuana in his system as Braman’s wife and children were asleep, according to police and autopsy reports.

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Stanton looks to future with Montcalm Economic Alliance

This city took another step toward improving its economic condition last week when members of the Stanton City Commission voted to extend their affiliation with the Montcalm Economic Alliance.

Already contracted with the organization for one year, commissioners opted to continue the contract for three years at a cost of $2,500 per year.

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CM superintendent’s review not yet complete

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education conducted a three-hour meeting Wednesday night with two hours, and 55 minutes of the meeting in closed session, regarding the superintendent’s evaluation. The board, with education consultant Mike Washburn mediating, first approved an evaluation form, and then went into the closed session.

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SPORTS GALORE: Speculation season upon us

For plenty of college football teams it’s bowl season. For the University of Michigan football program it’s speculation season. After 33 consecutive bowl appearances (1975 to 2007), the Wolverines will not partake in the traditional month of meaningless games, sponsored by anything and everything, in warm, sunny locations across the country, otherwise known as bowl season, for the third time in seven years.

Greenville’s Paige Hallock, right, dives for a loose ball during the regional semifinal game against Muskegon in March. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Greenville girls excited to start hoops season

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team has had a great amount of success the past two seasons. In the past two years, the Yellow Jackets have won 38 games, two O-K Bronze titles and one district championship, the school’s first since 1983. This year, with a quality returning base, the expectations are once again high.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 5, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Belding’s Monica Baylis, front, boxes out during a district tournament game last season. The Redskins opened this season on Tuesday with a win over Lakewood. - File photo

Belding works for successful season

The Belding Redskins girls basketball team got off to a good start this season. After a slow start Tuesday night, the Redskins used a dominating second half to defeat Lakewood to open the 2014-15 season with a 44-33 win. Hallee Breimayer scored 16 points in the win, while Katie Wood finished with 14 points and Monica Baylis with eight points.