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From left, Carson City Public Library Book Club members Janette Kipp, Mary Pearson and Patti Richards share a laugh while discussing the book “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham last Tuesday evening at the library.

Carson City Public Library Book Club offers chance to share thoughts, conversation with fellow readers

Several times a year in a quiet corner of this city’s library, a particular novel comes to life. Discussions of themes, cultures, relationships, politics, history — whatever a book may entail, the details are dissected, sandwiched between laughs and entertaining conversation at the Carson City Public Library Book Club.

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Funeral Notices — Saturday, February 8, 2014

Funeral notices for Saturday, February 8, 2014

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Big Brothers Big Sisters’ March 8 ‘Bowl for Kids’ Sake’ to help Montcalm County youth

In life there are highs and lows, ups and downs — and strikes and gutters. Organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Montcalm County are trying to brighten the days of some of the county’s children in need by offering a mentor, and on March 8, the group will be hosting a “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” fundraiser at Greenville Lanes to raise money for programs in the county.

Mid-Michigan District Health Department Health Officer Dr. Marcus Cheatham presents countywide statistics on health, income and economic status during Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting. Cheatham said there is a direct correlation between income levels and general health. — Daily News/Curtis WIldfong

Health & Income: Montcalm County “doing better than it should” in overall health statistics

Statistical data over the past several years has shown a direct correlation between socioeconomic status and general health and the same is true for Montcalm County, which ranks in the bottom third in median household income. But despite serious health concerns in the county, Mid-Michigan District Health Department Director Dr. Marcus Cheatham said Montcalm County is “doing better than it should looking at the data” in overall health, where it ranks in the top half (27th) of Michigan counties in 2013, according to data collected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who conducts a national study

Greenville’s Jake Hopkins goes for a pin against Colton Elder of Fremont during the district semifinals on Thursday. Hopkins pinned Elder in just 49 seconds.

Greenville wins another district title

In February, the Greenville Yellow Jackets winning a district wrestling title is as common as the cold and snowy weather. On Thursday at home, the Yellow Jackets put together two easy wins for their ninth consecutive Division 2 district title. The streak started in 2006 and continued this season with wins over Fremont (66-9) and Cedar Springs (56-18).

Belding’s Brady Phelps goes for a pin during Thursday’s district final against Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

Belding wrestlers defeated in distrtict final

Belding’s wrestling team knew they had a tough opponent to face in the finals of the Division 3 district they were hosting Thursday night. They also went into the meet with a big component missing.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, Feb. 6

Lakeview 49, Reed City 43: The Wildcats extended their winning streak to 14 games with a CSAA win on Thurdsay. Lauren Jaquays led the Wildcats with 15 points and 16 rebounds…

Pints of donated blood are stored at Michigan Blood, a nonprofit blood bank serving Michigan. Due to harsh winter weather, several blood drives across the state have been cancelled and those that have been held have seen low turnout. The result is blood blanks scrambling to make up for lost donations. — Courtesy photo

Greenville girl among those waiting for blood donations

It’s well known that Montcalm County schools have had a lot of snow days due to the wintery weather the area has experienced, but few are apprised to the affect it has had on blood banks. Michigan Blood, a non profit blood bank, has seen a large amount of its blood drives cancelled because of weather and road conditions. And the drives it has been able to hold this winter, they’ve been poorly attended because donors choose not to brave the conditions.

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Funeral Notices – Feb. 7, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Zero tolerance laws: Do they help or hurt students?

Recently I read an article in The Grand Rapids Press regarding the Michigan laws on expulsion of students more commonly known as the “zero tolerance” discipline policies. These are well intended laws originally passed in the hope that they would make schools safer and more orderly for students and staff. However, after years of use, there are concerns about some unintended consequences. As a board of education member for many years, I can tell you that expelling students is one of the most difficult responsibilities that I fulfill. I rarely sleep well after we have expelled a student, even when I agree that expulsion is the only option we had.