Tri County Area Schools voters will be asked to vote on a $2.7 million five-year sinking fund proposal Tuesday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Voters in the Tri County Area Schools district will be asked to approve a $2.7 million sinking fund proposal on Tuesday. Ask any Tri County administrator why, and the words “safety” and “security” will be voiced.

MCC students collect blankets and goods for homeless people

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Looking around her hometown of Greenville, Amber Pelak feels like she recently opened her eyes to a major problem in her community: Homelessness.

“Sometimes you can be blind to what’s happening in your community,” she said. “Sometimes you can be immune to it.”

Montcalm County sends dog kennel ordinance back to committee

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, PH.Slider, Photos Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Montcalm County commissioners have decided they were barking up the wrong tree regarding proposed changes to a dog kennel ordinance.

After almost an hour of public comment Monday, the board voted 7-1 to send the proposed changes back to the county’s Finance & Personnel committee for further revision.

Emmons, Outman working to promote OK2SAY student safety hotline

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The best way to stop a violent act, be it suicide, bullying or the manifestation of a serious bomb threat, is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

That’s the message Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, was hoping to convey when her legislation to create the new OK2SAY confidential student safety hotline was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder in December 2013.

Carson City-Crystal's Dillen Decker points to his family after defeating Montabella’s Joey Durham 15-6 in the Division 4, 152-pound final on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Blood, sweat and tears. Not in any particular order, but that is the life of a wrestler. Without any of the three, success on the mat is hard to come by.

THE REVIEW: Another day at the office

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Friday, March 27th, 2015

When the Detroit Red Wings made the decision to produce a fresh face for their American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids, they appear to have landed the golden ticket in the form of head coach Jeff Blashill. Since Blashill’s arrival in West Michigan, the Griffins franchise has seemingly discovered a way to win and do it with consistency. This season being no exception.

Tri County baseball ready for season in new league

Posted in: High School Friday, March 27th, 2015

The Tri County Vikings begin play in a new conference for the 2015 season. After competing in the Lakes 8 Conference the past several years, the Vikings will participate in the CSAA Gold this season.

Tri County has solid hoops season with new coaches

Posted in: High School Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Tti County’s girls basketball team had to deal with a new coach this season. In fact, two new coaches. The Vikings had Chris Overbeek and Shelly DeGeer take over as co-coaches this season, and they ended up 13-9 overall and 9-3 in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division.

  • THE REVIEW: Death by bracket

    Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    It’s here. Call it fortune, call it mystique, but at the end of the day, it discovers a way to routinely set the stage where some of the finest moments in collegiate basketball are stamped in history.

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  • The first 10 weeks: Rep. John Moolenaar talks budget, nuclear arms

    Saturday, March 14th, 2015
    Posted in: G.Slider, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Photos

    Three committees, 30+ bills, 130+ votes … and the hope for a budget that balances in 10 years.

    Those are just a few numbers that represent John Moolenaar’s first 10 weeks in office as representative for Michigan’s 4th District, which covers multiple counties in the state’s northern and central region, including Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta and Montcalm counties.

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  • THE REVIEW: Breaking up is hard to do

    Friday, March 13th, 2015
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    The winds of change are blowing once again in the Motor City. So, prepare those Taylor Swift ballads, kids, but remember, it’s not you, it’s him. Just as the Detroit Tigers have settled in to accepting the absence of Max Scherzer, they may now be in the perfect position of offering a pint of Ben & Jerry’s to their football neighbors — the Lions — across the street as they prepare to deal with a departure of their own.

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  • Dog owners speak out against Montcalm County kennel ordinance

    Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, PH.Slider, Photos

    Any topic involving animals is a historically proven way to attract the masses to county board meetings. Monday was no exception, as Montcalm County’s Law Enforcement & Courts committee heard half an hour of public comments from concerned and tearful residents about proposed changes to the county’s dog kennel ordinance.

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