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Miss Dee’s Dance Studio holds an adult jazz dance class 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Dancers from the adult class are from left Sarah Bailey-Prekle, Robin Christensen, Miss Dee (Dionne Luxford), Becky Schnautz and Brenna Kimmet. (Daily News | Stacie Smith)

S.H.E.: Dancing to the beat of your soul

Sweaty palms, quivering fingers, a racing heart rate and the heat of stage lights shine down as the steps of a choreographed routine move through the mind. Taking to the stage for a dance recital or competition can be invigorating, meshing the worlds of excitement and raw nerves into one.

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ED GILBERT: A near disaster while fishing

My wife’s church sewing circle was holding its annual “Crazy Hat” day at a friend’s cottage up by Newaygo. I thought I’d take her and several of her friends up there, but it wasn’t really a place for a guy, so I decided to put on some business clothes and call on a few customers while the ladies were having their party. Well now, we got there and I dispatched the girls at their party. Then I took off and called on a couple of my usual customers.

A large donation from Byron and Dee Cook to the Education Foundation of Greenville’s OUR3 Campaign brings the organization close to its $1 million fundraising goal. Pictured, from left, are Greenville School Board President and EFG Trustee Janet Ralph-Warnshuis, Byron and Dee Cook and EFG Chairwoman Carolyn Slocum. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Education Foundation of Greenville nears $1 million goal

The Education Foundation of Greenville (EFG) launched an endowment campaign in 2009 to assure the funding of performance arts and advanced programs for Greenville students. The group set an initial fundraising goal of $1 million for the OUR3 Capital Campaign. Thanks to a donation from Byron and Dee Cook — the largest single gift the foundation has received — the organization is nearing that goal. The amount of the donation was not made public.

Amanda Wing, 34, of Carson City, has been racing dirt track cars for the past two years. Her father, Roger Wing, is a state legend in racing,

S.H.E.: Growing trend of female racers at Crystal Motor Speedway

There is something special happening at Crystal Motor Speedway. For the past few years, owner Ron Flinn has seen more and more female drivers take to the track, and he expects more to come when the racing season starts back up again in April.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 22, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

Lydia Richardson of Greenville, at left, and Chelsea Allen of Belding enjoyed a photo shoot and dress-up with Era Exposures of Trufant. The small business is operated by two photographers, Sara Herzog and Sadie Haglund.

S.H.E.: Trufant-based photography company helping women recapture youth, sexiness

Women are typically their own harshest critics, picking apart appearance from head to toe, failing to recall the joy they felt when dressing up as young girls playing roles and creating scenarios pieced together using untethered imaginations. There is, however, a quaint, secluded place in Trufant where women can actually recapture a little youthful fun and feel like a sexy, vibrant woman at the same time.

Lakeview sophomore linebacker James Smith (55) forces a fumble from White Cloud junior quarterback Bowman Seabrook (44) in the first quarter of play Friday evening. Lakeview junior linebacker Tony Seaborn (12) recovered the fumble for the Wildcats. — Cory Smith/Daily News

Lakeview wins 3rd game, tops White Cloud

It was the Wounded Warrior Project Game at Lakeview Friday night, and the Wildcats honored the nation’s hometown heroes with a 37-0 victory over White Cloud. Wearing camouflage style uniforms sporting the school’s blue, gold and white colors Lakeview (3-1) dominated an undermanned White Cloud team to win its third consecutive game after a season-opening, one-point loss to Tri County.

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Greenville starts quick, wins big 52-12

The Greenville Yellow Jackets wanted a fast start. They did just that. The Yellow Jackets scored twice and added a pair of two-point conversions on their first two drives to open a 16-0 advantage en route to a 52-12 thumping of Wayland Union on Friday night.

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Belding falls 49-13 in crossover

The offensive assault started early for the visiting Maroons of Holland Christian Friday night, as they scored a pair of touchdowns in four plays en route to a 49-13 victory over Belding. The Maroons scored on plays of 65 and 24 yards, the first coming on a run by junior David Williams and the second on a pass from senior quarterback Jared Stygstra to receiver Jake Kalkman to stake their team to an early 13-0 lead.

“Beavis and Butt-Head go to Hell” by Darryl Love

Several local artists showing their work at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids

Autumn returns next week and, with it, ArtPrize.
The annual contest will officially get underway Wednesday, lasting through Oct. 12. During that time frame, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids will be featuring unique achievements both inspiring and challenging as artists offer up some of their most prized work for the West Michigan community to judge.