Darrin Clark

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SHORT TAKES: Spectrum’s Charity Ball fulfills its mission

What an evening it was! Saturday night was the occasion of the 10th annual Many Hearts One Mission Charity Ball, a fundraiser dedicated to life-enhancing facilities at Greenville’s Spectrum Health United Hospital. More than 400 people were on hand at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in support of United Hospital’s new Heart and Vascular Center.

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MEETING IN BRIEF: Vestaburg Schools

A report for the Jan. 9 Vestaburg Community School Board of Education meeting.

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Former area coach Warren Kent Jr. named assistant baseball coach of the year

A former high school baseball coach in the area was given an assistant coach of the year honor last month. Warren Kent Jr., who had head coaching stints at Greenville, Montabella and Vestaburg, was named the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association assistant coach of the year Jan. 14.

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Montcalm County Brownfield Authority to re-vote on firm

Montcalm County Brownfield Authority members are preparing to meet and review engineering firm documents one week from today after several members failed to properly do so last month. Montcalm County was awarded a $400,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Cooperative Assistance Agreement grant last year to assess local Brownfield sites for hazardous substances and petroleum. Six statements of qualification to administer the assessment were submitted to the county.

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Daily News staffers receive promotions

A pair of Daily News staff members are receiving promotions on Monday.

Elisabeth Waldon has accepted the position of news editor. In her new role, she will manage the reporting staff, scheduling and story assignments. Waldon also has been named editor of the Carson City Gazette — her second stint in that role. Ryan Schlehuber has accepted the new position of features editor, which will include supervising a features writer and providing more support in the production of The Daily News beyond the special section content he currently produces.

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 28, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012

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OUR VIEW: A promise we need to make

On Monday, The Daily News commented on the Michigan Senate Democrats proposal for a new version of the Michigan Promise, a state-of-Michigan version of the Kalamazoo Promise. Kalamazoo’s privately funded program guarantees scholarship grants to graduates of that city’s public schools.

Joseph (Ed Koutz) and Mary (Audra Tyler) take the baby Jesus to the temple, where they meet Simeon (Jim Wilcox) during the Sheridan Assembly of God Church’s drama. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Music takes the lead in Sheridan church’s first Christmas cantata

Sheridan Assembly of God Church is adding a Christmas cantata this year to its long-standing tradition of presenting an Easter drama. “Changed by a Baby Boy” is a two-hour presentation of music and drama telling the story of Christ’s birth and the meaning of his presence.

From left to right, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Snyder, Deputy Jamie Medler, Staff Sgt. Brian Waber and Deputy Kevin Germain convene while investigating a shooting on Briggs Road in Douglass Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Gun fired after Douglass Township domestic dispute

A man fired a gun after a domestic disturbance in Douglass Township on Wednesday. Montcalm County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Waber said a boyfriend and girlfriend were arguing in a mobile home around 10:40 a.m. at 5414 W. Briggs Road when a gun discharged.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 8, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011