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Lakeview second baseman Delanie King, left, covers first base on a bunt by Reed City’s Katianne Hansen, right, during the first game of the teams’ doubleheader Tuesday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview splits twin bill ahead of title game

Lakeview’s softball team had a few games to play before the game that counted. Thinking about that game may have been the Wildcats’ downfall in the first game of a doubleheader with Reed City on Tuesday, as Lakeview lost 5-2. However, the Wildcats came back with a 10-0, five-inning mercy of the Coyotes in the second game.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, May 24

Tri County splits: The Vikings played two games against Morley Stanwood on Tuesday, winning the first 5-4 and getting mercied in the second game 11-0 in five innings. The opener was won on a Jake Sickelsteel RBI double in the fourth inning. That gave Eric Hayden the win, as he went the first 4 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits and two walks around two strikeouts…

Heartland House Clubhouse director Joel Sneed, right, works daily with members in an effort to help them achieve a more independent lifestyle. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

New approaches to mental illness benefit community, individuals

Depending on one’s background, the term “mental health” conjures up all kinds of images, few of them pleasant. Stark depictions of gray-walled institutions where apathetic patients stare blankly at the falling rain through safety-screened windows. Dank cells where the more violent residents spend untold hours alone, longing for human contact.

Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman delivers a pitch at home against Central Montcalm on Monday. Hornets first baseman Noah Spohr, right, gets ready to field. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal wins pitchers duel with Central Montcalm

On most nights, the pitching performance by Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman would result in a win. On Monday, Braman was slightly out dueled by Carson City-Crystal’s Dallas O’Green in a 1-0 shut out win at Central Montcalm. Both pitchers went the distance. O’Green allowed a single hit in the first inning and struck out six including the final three outs of the game. Braman allowed four hits, one of them a game-winning infield hit, and struck out five.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Monday, May 23

Central Montcalm 2-0: The Hornets swept Carson City-Crystal at home on Monday. Game one was 12-2 in six innings and game two was 12-1 in five innings. Mallory Morgan struck out 12 and allowed seven hits to win game one. Morgan, Courtnee Nicholson and Shelby Gilbert each had three hits, one was a home run for Nicholson…

A standing room only audience packed the room on the third floor of the Montcalm County Administrative Building (old courthouse) in Stanton on Monday to voice their concerns about closing Animal Control and county parks. — Daily News/Cory Smith

County Animal Control elimination vote fails, parks decision postponed

Montcalm County didn’t go into debt overnight … and neither are elected officials going to be able to fix the problem in one day. This was Helen Hamler’s theory when she stood before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday to ask them not to shut down Animal Control.

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Funeral Notices for May 25, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Vickeryville house a total loss after fire, residents escape safely

Tuesday afternoon found Doug, Antra and Allen Howard in their home when they began to smell and see smoke.

The smoke was coming from their barn next door at 7572 S. Vickeryville Road. That’s when passersby knocked on the door yelling that the barn was on fire and the family needed to get out.

Annette Enness, a Wellness Peer Specialist at Wellness Works in Stanton, left, and Wellness Team Leader for InShape/Health Mentor, Jim Young, right, converse after having worked with clients at the gym Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Sufferers of mental illnesses find relief at Wellness Works

There was a time when Annette Enness was ashamed of who she was, that a condition that didn’t define, but limited her, was all that friends, family and strangers were thinking about. The Stanton woman suffered from a mental illness, and she struggled to find help that could make a lasting impression and turn her life back around.

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Multiple police agencies respond to Belding meth lab bust

Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) detectives assisted the Belding Police Department with the investigation of a methamphetamine lab at a Belding residence on Sunday.

Belding officers went to the residence attempting to locate a subject with an outstanding warrant. At the time of their arrival, the suspect was actively cooking meth in the garage of the residence using the one pot method.