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Tri County’s Taylor Reed, middle, drives through Big Rapids’ Alexis Lyman, left, and Savannah Seath during the teams’ game Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Late foul, free throws help Tri County beat Big Rapids

Tri County’s girls basketball team got a gift from Big Rapids Friday night. A technical foul called on Cardinals forward Grace White turned out to be the difference in the Vikings beating the Cardinals 54-53.

In front, Natalie Murray, at right, and Kaitlyn Johnson lead the Carson City-Crystal pompon team during a practice Friday evening. The two Carson City-Crystal students have created their own dance for the team to compete in a competition in February. (Courtesy photo)

Carson City-Crystal pompon team to compete at SVSU with original dance routine

If the Carson City-Crystal pompon team can be described in one word, it would be unique, so says the team’s coach. Taylor Thoma, in her first year as head coach, challenged her 11-member team to go beyond expectations, and, so far, they haven’t disappointed her.

This image showcases a photo taken in 1915, courtesy of the Flat River Historical Society and Museum, of downtown Greenville looking north on Lafayette Street at the intersection of Cass Street, merged with a photo of modern-day Greenville taken Wednesday. — Composite image/Cory Smith

Flat River Historical Society and Museum continues work on future downtown interpretive signs

One historic photo at a time, the Flat River Historical Society and Museum continues to move closer to bringing this city’s history front and center. During Tuesday’s Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meeting, Society President Keith Hudson and Historian Kelly Warden delivered an update on the efforts being made to install historical interpretive signs along Lafayette Street.

Brittany Ann Pratt, 16, was last seen Friday in the area of a Caledonia Wal-Mart.

UPDATE: Missing Montcalm Township teen reunited with mother

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a 16-year-old Montcalm Township girl. Brittany Ann Pratt was last seen on Friday, Dec. 16, in the area of Walmart in Caledonia.

Jennifer DiSpirito’s health students at the Belding Middle School made projects to show food groups, healthy snacks and functions of different things people get from food such as protein.

Belding Middle School students talk nutrition

Middle school students in Belding have been learning a bit more about nutrition during the past several months. Thanks to a grant administered by the Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) for $300,000, which is set to serve Kent, Ionia and Montcalm Counties, students in Jennifer DiSpirito’s classes have had visits from Anne King, a nutrition educator with the KISD.

The Spencer Township Fire Department responded to a rescue call around 4:30 p.m. on Friday on Saugage Lake, off of Sand Hill Avenue, for a Spencer Township resident who had fallen through the ice while fishing. Firefighters estimated he was about 450-500 feet out on the ice. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

JUST IN: Spencer Township man falls through ice while fishing

An ice fishing trip toSaugage Lake, off of Sand Hill Avenue in Spencer Township, left an approximately 30-year-old township resident with hypothermia after he fell through the ice. Spencer Township Fire Department received the rescue call around 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The fire department then called Cedar Springs and Courtland Township fire departments for mutual aid. Montcalm Township Fire Department was also called for mutual aid, but were sent back en route.

On left, Montcalm Economic Alliance President Rob Spohr attends the Montcalm Township Board’s Wednesday night meeting and asked the board to start considering future donations while Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Charlie Mahar listens. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Alliance asks Montcalm Township to think about future donations

Rob Spohr, President of the Montcalm Economic Alliance stopped by the Montcalm Township Hall to talk to the board during their Wednesday night meeting. Spohr’s visit to Montcalm Township was one of 20 townships he plans on approaching for donations to continue to support the Montcalm Economic Alliance.

Members of the Crystal Township Board, from left, Curt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston, Clerk Patty Baker-Marek and George Bahm discuss contracting services with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday evening for a year of dedicated police coverage. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal contracts for 1 year of dedicated sheriff’s coverage

Though the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is currently struggling due to county budget cuts, one officer will be coming back to the department thanks to a new dedicated coverage contract. Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to hire a full-time deputy dedicated to covering Crystal Township for 2017.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 16, 2016

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Montabella’s senior guard Hanna Stockwell (with the ball) wrestles for control against Central Montcalm’s sophomore guard Kiara Wernette, who attempts a steal during the first quarter in Tuesday’s game, which the Hornets won 53-20. Hornets forwards Bree Brasington, far left, Kenzie Rutz (20) and Libby Ledford, far right, are also pictured. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm gets home court win over Montabella, but still not satisfied

It is a sign of a good team when players from the winning team aren’t satisfied with just a dominating win. The Central Montcalm girls basketball team took control of Tuesday night’s game against the Montabella Mustangs early to earn its fourth victory of the year with a 53-20 win, but Bree Brasington wasn’t happy with her team’s performance despite the win.