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Central Montcalm coach Rob Putnam talks with his team during a timeout this season. The Hornets went 7-14 overall this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Inexperience leads to struggles for Central Montcalm girls hoops

Rob Putnam took over the Central Montcalm girls basketball team this year and admitted it was a learning experience for both him and the team. The Green Hornets ended up 7-14 overall and 4-8 in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division. Yet Putnam liked the way his first season went.


Central Montcalm wins DH against Lansing Sexton

Central Montcalm started its baseball season with a pair of wins on Saturday. Playing at Lansing Sexton, the Hornets took both ends of a doubleheader, the first game because of a no-hitter by Jesse Petersen.

Montabella’s Ashley Swarts looks to make a pass during a home game against Belding this season. Swarts earned AP Class C honorable mention this year. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Montabella girls ‘did some things no one expected’

Montabella’s girls basketball team finished third in the Mid-State Activities Conference, but it was the surprises that caught coach Terry Larsen’s eyes. The Mustangs were 9-12 this season, a season Larsen said he thought “went very well.”


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Petra Mark sparkled like a diamond in the satin gown she modeled at this year’s Catwalk for a Cause fashion show in Sheridan. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

New grassroots training program New Beginnings to help special needs youth

Even in an age many would consider “enlightened,” special needs children and young adults too often find themselves marginalized, shunted to the sidelines by a society that doesn’t quite know what to do with them.


Belding girls take 1st to open track season

The Belding Redskins girls track team started the 2014-2015 track season with a first place finish. Competing at the Striders Invite at Aquinas College, the Redskins beat out 16 teams with 69 points on Thursday. Allendale was second with 54 and Bath third with 51.5 points.


Funeral Notices for March 30, 2015

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Two mobile homes in Montcalm Township destroyed after burn barrel fire rekindles Saturday

A rekindling of a “burn barrel” fire may be to blame for a blaze Saturday that spread to two neighboring mobile homes.

Remnants of a farmhouse on Bailey Road in Winfield Township continue to smolder Sunday morning after a destructive fire Saturday night. (Daily News | Elisabeth Waldon)

2 houses destroyed in fires in Howard City

Five local fire departments stayed busy from Saturday night into Sunday morning battling two separate fires which ended up destroying two residences near Howard City.

The Ionia Montcalm Secure and Friendly Environment Child Advocacy Center opened Thursday with a goal to simplify the interviewing process for child abuse cases. (Cory Smith | Daily News)

Ionia Montcalm Secure and Friendly Environment Child Advocacy Center opens

On Thursday, a collaborative effort consisting of both the Montcalm and Ionia prosecutor’s offices, sheriff’s offices, state police, various city police agencies, Department of Human Services (DHS), Child Protective Services (CPS), Community Mental Health, Area Mental Health Therapists, and several medical personnel, resulted in the opening of the Ionia Montcalm Secure and Friendly Environment (IMSAFE) Child Advocacy Center (CAC).