News
The nondescript, unmarked Amble Fire Department building is located kitty corner from the Amble Road House bar in Winfield Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

The future is uncertain for Winfield Township’s fire department. The Amble Fire Department didn’t answer tones from Montcalm County Central Dispatch for several fire calls last year, leaving some local officials wondering if the time has come for a new approach to fighting fires.

Former Montcalm County mental health leader imprisoned for felonies

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Thursday, January 28th, 2016

A well respected Montcalm County mental health leader has ended his career in disgrace and a prison term in another county.

After non-response to fire calls, Amble Fire Department facing hazy future

Posted in: L.Slider, Local, News Top Story Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

The future is uncertain for Winfield Township’s fire department. The Amble Fire Department didn’t answer tones from Montcalm County Central Dispatch for several fire calls last year, leaving some local officials wondering if the time has come for a new approach to fighting fires.

Governor’s office accepting applications for Ionia-Montcalm judge appointment

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Gov. Rick Snyder’s office is now accepting applications to fill a judge vacancy in Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Judge David Hoort of Portland has accepted a job with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. He will retire as judge on Feb. 26.

Sports
Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford shoots a 3-point shot from the corner in front of Lakeview’s Amanda Larson during the first half at home on Tuesday. Ledford led all scorers with 21 points in the Hornets win. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

It had been a long time since Central Montcalm defeated rival Lakeview in girls basketball. The Wildcats looked out of sync from the opening tip, while the Hornets came ready to play in a 47-31 win at home on Tuesday.

CHIP’S CLIPS: The best and worst of Super Bowl 50

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

So the old man goes out on top. Super Bowl 50 will likely go down as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s swan song, and he will be going out a winner — even if brother Eli wasn’t all that thrilled about big brother getting his second title. It will also go down as a defensive clinic by the Broncos, showing defense is still possible in a league that is outlawing defense little by little.

ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 5

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School Monday, February 8th, 2016

Greenville 50, Northview 46: The Yellow Jackets broke a three-game losing streak and got their first O-K Bronze Conference win at the hands of the Wildcats Friday night. Brock Kohler, who was playing his first game after being promoted from the JV squad, led Greenville with 11 points…

SPORTS GALORE: Michigan paying Jim Harbaugh to win

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

For the past 13 months, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh has produced a steady stream of headlines. Some of them are by his own doing and some of them are strictly due to the 24/7 media cycle, which includes social media. I’m actually surprised I haven’t read an update about what Harbaugh ate for breakfast yet today. The latest stream of headlines, with signing day just five days away, has to do with the flow of Michigan graduate transfers, decommitting/committing recruits and the “evil” that is Jim Harbaugh.

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  • Lakeview’s Saxton eyes individual state championship

    Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
    Posted in: High School, Sports Top Story

    Nolan Saxton has established himself as being one of the best wrestlers in the state. The two-time state placer — seventh as a freshman and fifth as a sophomore — is currently ranked No. 5 at 130 pounds in Division 3 by michigangrappler.com. Saxton, a junior, is 29-3 this year with a career record of 107-14. All three losses this year have come to past individual state champions.

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  • After non-response to fire calls, Amble Fire Department facing hazy future

    Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
    Posted in: L.Slider, Local, News Top Story

    The future is uncertain for Winfield Township’s fire department. The Amble Fire Department didn’t answer tones from Montcalm County Central Dispatch for several fire calls last year, leaving some local officials wondering if the time has come for a new approach to fighting fires.

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  • Chippewa Hills wrestlers win Lakeview Invitational

    Monday, January 25th, 2016
    Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, Sports Top Story, Sports Top Story, Sports Top Story, Sports Top Story

    The competition at the individual Lakeview Invitational was noticeably tougher than past seasons. With the additions of Grandville (ranked No. 6 in Division 1) and Chippewa Hills (No. 3 in Division 3), the individual talent featured many 2015 state placers, including defending state champion Cameron Mahlich of Ionia. Chippewa Hills and Grandville dominated the competition with six individual champions and six runner-ups in 14 weight classes. Chippewa Hills, though, edged Granville in total points 250-233.5.

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  • FINANCIAL FITNESS: Funerals are becoming more personalized in today’s society

    Saturday, January 23rd, 2016
    Posted in: Belding, Carson City, Edmore, Greenville, Lakeview

    Many conversations have taken place about “when I die…,” with ideas of what a person would want at his or her funeral. Those ideas are now starting to be the norm in today’s funerals.

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