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As fellow Coalition of Greater Greenville member Karen Carbonelli, at left, looks on, Montcalm Community College President Bob Ferrentino, middle, stressed to the board at its meeting Thursday the importance of knowing the facts of each item on this year’s state general election ballot, specifically the college’s $2.5 million millage levy renewal, which will benefit more than 60 programs at the college.

Election leads mix of topics at Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting

With no agenda and no scheduled speaker, members of the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) had a roundtable discussion of random topics at Thursday’s meeting at the Greenville Public Schools Central Services Building.

Lena Rader Meijer, left, receives this year’s Quality of Life Award from last year’s recipient, longtime Lakeview resident Jim Wood. (The Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Community Fund dinner highlights Lakeview’s progress

Lakeview is on the move. That was the theme of this year’s Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF) dinner Thursday evening at Lakeview High School.

Greenville senior Allegra Berry taps the ball over two Forest Hills Eastern defenders for a point during Thursday’s O-K Bronze match at home. - Bruce Bentley

FH Eastern too much for Greenville volleyball

The Greenville Yellow Jackets were up against a tough challenge. Facing a state ranked (8th in Class B) Forest Hills Eastern team, the Yellow Jackets needed to play flawless volleyball to win their match on Thursday night at home.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 17, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

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SPORTS GALORE: Margin for error is gone in playoff push

The Lakeview Wildcats will be one of 256 teams playing for a coveted football state championship beginning on Oct. 31. Lakeview’s win at Hesperia last week guaranteed the Wildcats (6-1 overall) a second consecutive trip to the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs.

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Greenville, Central Montcalm hoping for best at golf finals

Two area girls golf teams begin today the with the hopes of a team state title. The Greenville Yellow Jackets are returning to the Division 2 state finals for the sixth consecutive year and ninth time in the past 10 years. Central Montcalm heads to the Division 4 state finals for the first time since 2007 (Division 3 then).

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Local Girl Scout earns Gold Award with wood duck project

There’s a few new homes for some feathered friends within Belding’s city parks, thanks to the efforts of one local Girl Scout. Allison Harrison, 18, of Greenville, completed her 14-year career with Girl Scout Troop 02589 on Tuesday. As a final project to earn her Gold Project award, she built six wood duck boxes that now hang from various trees along the Flat River in Belding’s Central Riverside and East Riverside parks.

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CM school board gives support to Veterans Memorial Park plan

It was a good news/bad news evening for the seven members of the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education at its monthly meeting Wednesday. The board voted to endorse a Stanton Veterans Memorial Park project and heard of an increase in projected student enrollment. It also conducted two student disciplinary hearings and agreed to accept the resignation of a support staff member.

Greenville senior Eric Plate carries the ball against the Belding Redskins in the season opening game on Aug. 28. Plate rushed for a school single-game record 265 yards in the win.

Plate having sensational season for Greenville

Football is in the blood of Greenville’s Eric Plate. After all, four members of his family have played Division I football. His father Rick played for Central Michigan University, uncle Scott for the University of Iowa and Todd for the University of Michigan. A cousin of the three, Troy, also played for Michigan.

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CC-C, Vestaburg to play Salute Our Soldiers game

For the third year in a row, Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg will play a football game that will also honor veterans of the armed forces. The Salute Our Soldiers game is set for Friday in Carson City, and the game hasn’t lost it’s meaning to either of the two coaches.