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Senior Kenzie Rutz led the Central Montcalm volleyball team to a 33-9-5 record this year. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kenzie Rutz, Central Montcalm

Kenzie Rutz’s all-around statistics with this year’s Central Montcalm volleyball team alone qualifies her as the Daily News Player of the Year, but it’s what she has done beyond statistics that really spell her worthiness.

Lakeview linebacker James Smith finished with 97 tackles and two interceptions in eight games for the Wildcats this year. (File photo)

FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: James Smith, Lakeview

There was more to James Smith than being a great defensive player. The Lakeview senior was one of the few ironmen that played on both sides of the ball during football games.

CC-C’s Drew Stout was a dual-threat player for the Eagles, passing for 1,808 yards and rushing for 1,057 yards, with 30 total touchdowns on the year. (File photo)

FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Drew Stout, Carson City-Crystal

Last year, Carson City-Crystal Drew Stout was merely the team’s backup running back, but when new Eagles coach Ben Brock took over, he was looking for a particular player to run the spread offense. He found it in Stout.

Taking over for longtime Greenville football coach Dave Moore, Eddie Ostipow helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a 5-4 regular season record and a spot in the MHSAA playoffs, something Greenville hadn’t done since 2010. (File photo)

ALL-AREA COACH OF THE YEAR: Eddie Ostipow, Greenville

It didn’t take long for Eddie Ostipow to make an impact on Greenville’s football team.

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Montcalm County controller-administrator looks back on 2016

A man walked up to Robert Clingenpeel at a recent community event and declared, “Hello, Mr. Controller!”
Clingenpeel was quick to disabuse the man of the notion of that title.
“No, it’s just Bob,” he said. “I’m a papa, I’m a husband, I’m a father, I’m a taxpayer in Montcalm County. There’s a responsibility with that that supersedes even my job.”

Montcalm County’s new website showcases the county seat via a slideshow of high-resolution photographs. Social media links are easily accessible and a calendar of events previews upcoming county meetings and news.

Montcalm County’s new website is live

Montcalm County’s new website went live this week.

The goal was for montcalm.us to be a more user-friendly website for mobile users, according to IT Director Eric McLaughlin.

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin, left, and newly elected Village President Michael Kotenko are excited to work side by side as the village is experiencing growth, improvements and new businesses. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore community sees growth, improvements

A Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy has succeeded a Montcalm County sheriff’s lieutenant as Edmore’s new leader. Karl Kluwe retired as a sheriff’s patrol lieutenant in 2010. He went to work as Edmore’s manager and police chief from 2010 to 2013, and then again as village president since 2014. He oversaw his final Edmore Village Council meeting in October.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: MLB finally gets it right

It took 13 years, but Major League Baseball finally got it right. When news of the new labor agreement with the players’ union broke Tuesday night, there was a key provision in the tentative agreement that will change baseball for the better when it comes to the playoffs. The All-Star game will no longer determine [...]

Kyle Durdle, 17, left, and Zach Ingersoll, 16, talk about the projects they’re working on in Adam Hopkins’ machines class at Greenville High School on Thursday afternoon. If a school bond proposal passes next spring, equipment in the shop will be replaced with updated and modern equipment. — Daily News/Emiliee Nielsen

Greenville residents learn about school bond proposal (PHOTOS)

Voters in the Greenville area could see a school bond proposal on the ballot in May. The Greenville Public Schools district is preparing for the proposal by circulating a survey about priorities for improvement and hosting community forums to gather feedback from stakeholders.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 2, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Dec. 2, 2016