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ED GILBERT: Christmas for wildlife

Around this time of year I almost always write short stories about St. Whitetail and other creatures in the woods and waters, and those stories are usually geared for youngsters. Why? Because it’s Christmas time and I believe that kids are what it’s all about, beyond the religious aspects, that is.

Central Montcalm’s Lane Ledford rises to score two of his game-high 38 points in an 83-56 win over Evart at home on Friday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Ledford leads Central Montcalm to season opening win

Expectations have risen the past couple of seasons for the Central Montcalm Hornets boys basketball team. After Friday night, those expectations should increase even more. The Hornets, firing on all cylinders from the beginning of the game, rolled to a season opening 83-56 win over the Evart Wildcats at home.

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Quick start leads Belding to win over Kenowa Hills

Belding’s girls basketball team had a pair of slow starts in their previous two games. That wasn’t the case Friday night.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Dec. 12

Lakeview 68, Holton 37: The Wildcats picked up their second straight win with a CSAA-Silver win over the Red Devils Friday night. Nate Shurlow had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Drake Boomer added 12 points to the winning effort…

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Montcalm County officials considering creating PACE district

Installing energy-efficient heating and cooling systems saves lots of green in the long run, but the initial investment cost leaves many people seeing red.

Some Michigan business owners are considering whether Michigan’s Public Act 270 of 2010, the property assessed clean energy (PACE) act, can help them upgrade their facilities in a high efficiency manner while spreading the cost over a longer, more affordable timeframe.

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Funeral Notices for Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

Read funeral notices for Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

A firefighter with the Greenville Department of Public Safety sprays down a barn fire in Eureka Township. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

JUST IN: Friday night fire destroys Eureka Township barn

A fire destroyed a barn at 10182 Stakes Road just south of Baker Road tonight. The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to the fire around 8:15 p.m. It appeared as if a wood stove was the source of the blaze.

Montcalm Food Challenge Drive Chairman Steve Foster addresses the volunteers during the challenge distribution. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Food Challenge Drive bolsters local pantries

Trying to help strike a blow at hunger in the county is an ever-present battle for food pantries. Every year the Montcalm Food Challenge Drive tries to bolster the food stores of area pantries. “This food is more important than ever,” Montcalm Food Challenge Drive Chairman Steve Foster said. “The need is simply greater this year. It seems every year it gets more and more important.”

The stars may seem brighter in Crystal Township, but that’s only in part because several of the Christmas decorations in town, such as this candy cane, were in the dark due to the removal of a power line and meter that have electricity to a number of decorations hung throughout the township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

After brief outage, Christmas lights restored in Crystal

Christmas decorations have been hung and holiday spirits are high in downtown Crystal, but as evening hours approached, the colorful decorative displays were left in the dark. At Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, Supervisor Chris Johnston informed the audience that due to work performed by Consumers Energy in the spring, several of the power lines providing energy to various Christmas decorations are no longer functional.

A battle for a rebound takes place between Carson City-Crystal’s Kaleb Barrett (13), Coleman’s Jarid Walton (behind Barrett) and Carson City-Crystal’s Grant Gage (23) during Thursday’s game. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Schneider notches first win with CC-Crystal

It didn’t take lone for Cory Schneider to notch his first win as Carson City-Crystal boys basketball coach. One game in fact.