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ED GILBERT: Be careful while ice fishing now

Sure, we’ve had a lot of cold temperatures and ice has been forming on the lakes. However, caution is required. Along with the cold we’ve also had a lot more snow than is usual this early in the season, and one needs to be aware that there could be some unseen soft places lurking below. Even on good ice it is a good idea to take a prod or walking stick along to test the steps ahead as one moves.

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SPORTS GALORE: HOF voting overlooks the game

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were selected on Wednesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The trio will join managers Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre in the Class of 2014. The six of them will be joining legendary names like Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Sandy Koufax and Willie Mays.

Belding resident Sam Mason purchased the Belding Party Store in late October and is making several changes to the small connivence store, including new ingredients to the business’s homemade pizza and delivery of store items.

BUSINESS BEAT: Belding Party Store under new ownership

When Sam Mason took over management of the Belding Party Store in late October, his first step was to ask a question of the store’s customers.

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Howard City Police Department merger on Monday’s county agenda

A proposed merger of the Howard City Police Department with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office continues to move forward. The proposal will be discussed at Monday’s Montcalm County’s Board of Commissioners Law Enforcement & Courts Committee meeting, when commissioners are presented with a potential contract between the county and the village, according to Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer.

Crystal Township Board Treasurer Ted Padgett surveys damage done to two township decorative light poles that were destroyed in two separate car accidents. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Damaged light poles will cost Crystal Township $6,000+

Possible reckless driving and slippery road conditions have resulted in two expensive replacements for Crystal Township. Within the span of one week, two decorative light poles on W. Lake Street were damaged in two separate car accidents, in which each pole was damaged beyond repair.

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Edmore president unhappy with village services

This village’s president voiced concern about snowplowing and the cemetery at the most recent Edmore Village Council meeting Dec. 9. Village President Chet Guild began his list of concerns by bringing up snowplowing and referring to where he believed the Department of Public Works was falling short.

Greenville senior Leah Somerfield grabs a rebound during Friday’s home game against Cedar Springs. Somerfield scored 11 points in the win and had five rebounds.

Greenville girls remain perfect with a 55-47 win

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team prides themselves on playing tough defense. On Friday night, it was a defensive play in the final minutes that sealed a 55-47 O-K Bronze win over the Cedar Springs Red Hawks at home.

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Defense leads CC-Crystal to win over Montabella

Two good defenses were on display in Carson City Friday night. But the defense that won the game was the host Eagles, who held the Montabella Mustangs without a field goal in a 26-8 win.

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ROUNDUPS: Prep scores from Friday, Jan. 10

Lakeview 61, Hesperia 40: The Wildcats remained undefeated after getting a CSAA win over the Panthers Friday night. Lakeview was led by Brad Hamlin with 15 points and Shawn Lindsey and Nate Shurlow with 10 each

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Funeral Notices – Jan. 11, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.