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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, April 15

Tri County 12, Reed City 1: The Vikings won the front end of a CSAA-Gold doubleheader Friday over the Coyotes for their first win of the season. Colton Harris went the distance and allowed three hits with seven strikeouts but hit four batters with pitches. Isaac Reams and Marcus Kimmel had two hits and two RBIs each…


OUR VIEW: Confusing times for Montcalm County commissioners

“I felt that ever since I had this job that we’ve never known what we’re doing as far as our fund.” The eyebrow-raising admission was made by Commissioner Ron Braman of Vestaburg at a special Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday.

Greenville Planning Commission members, from left, Dale Reyburn, David Ralph and Mike Gustin discuss two requests for special land use during a meeting Thursday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville planners look at special land use requests

The Greenville Planning Commission did not have enough members for quorum Thursday evening, but they did listen to two requests for special land use. Mike Dykstra presented a request to have the property at 504 W. Montcalm St. be used as an adult foster care home, with up to as many as 12 rooms.

From left, Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell, Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines, Prosecutor Andrea Krause and Register of Deeds Lori Wilson discuss pending budget cuts with the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners at a finance committee meeting Monday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County finance committee hears budget cut proposals

Closing county parks, closing MSU Extension one day per week, increasing document fees for residents, sending dead animals to a landfill … These were some of the suggested budget cuts presented to the Montcalm County finance committee on Monday as county officials work to scale back local government operations.


Should Montcalm County ask local municipalities for money?

Would local municipalities be willing to help fund Montcalm County services as budget cuts loom? Four county department heads approached commissioners with this idea during a finance meeting Monday, but the chairman of the board found the proposal “offensive.”


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Andrea Booker.

Booker back on Belding school board

A familiar face will be filling a vacant seat on the Belding Area Schools Board of Education.

Andrea Booker, a previous board member, was reappointed during a special meeting Tuesday evening. She was appointed with a 4-2 vote, with Shannon Hummel and Doug Lamborne opposed.

Phase 1 of a voter-approved $2.7 million sinking fund millage for Tri County Area Schools was celebrated Thursday morning by, from left, Superintendent Al Cumings, School Board Secretary Kevin Hoisington, Trustee Bill Baker, Trustee Jan Dewey, Board Treasurer Sharon Schwalbach, Board Vice President Janet Powell, Trustee Brian Campbell, Board President Jill Fennessy, Tri County Facilities Director Brian Ackey, Fritz Walhfield Jr. of Fritz Wahlfield Construction and Craig Nicely, architect from Progressive A&E. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Groundbreaking for $2.7 million project at Tri County Area Schools

Tri County Area Schools officials chose what felt like the first day of spring to begin Phase 1 of a five-part construction project.

A groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning kicked off a $2.7 million sinking fund millage project approved by voters in February 2015. The goal of the 1.5 mill project is to enhance safety and security throughout the school district.

Although the actual repaving of Washington Street won’t begin until late August, Consumers Energy workers are currently moving gas lines from the south to the north side of the road. Once completed, new water mains also will go in. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Washington Street work underway in Sheridan

Hikers who enjoy walking a circuit around Pearl Lake are in for a treat this October.

That’s when workers will be finishing up a complete overhaul of Washington Street between Main and Maple streets.

Grant’s Alyssa Bearup, left, tries to work the ball around Lakeview’s Sydnie Nielsen during the teams’ game Thursday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview opens CSAA schedule with win over Grant

Lakeview’s soccer team got its Central State Activities Association (CSAA) schedule off on the right foot Thursday. The Wildcats hung on to beat the Grant Tigers 4-3 in the first CSAA game of the season for them.