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Miss Heartland Pageant Co-Executive Director Barb Millard with Miss Heartland 2012 Morgan Lynn. Lynn, originally of Battle Creek but now a Grand Rapids resident, will crown her successor at the Miss Heartland Scholarship on Feb. 9 at Montcalm Community College.

Miss Heartland Pageant is next weekend

Each year, since the very first pageant in 1921, one beautiful young lady has been crowned the new Miss America, donning a crown and sash and plunging into a whirlwind year of public appearances, community service projects and promoting a platform.
Each year, all around the nation, hundreds of little girls watch with wide-eyed wonder, dreaming of what it must be like to be Miss America.

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Threshold Academy celebrates National School Choice Week (Photos)

In celebration of the freedom to have choice in choosing a school for a child’s education, students and faculty at Threshold Academy in Orleans celebrated National School Choice Week Thursday.

Linda Gardner, 63, of Edmore died today after suffering from injuries in an early morning accident.

Edmore woman dies in early morning accident

An Edmore woman died after suffering from injuries in an early morning accident. Linda Gardner, 53, was fatally injured when her vehicle ran off the roadway on Main Street near Neff Street at about 6 a.m. Friday.

Baldwin Heights Elementary fifth-graders Alex Johnson, 10, left, and Kaitlynn Mountney, 9, look at samples of human skin under microscopes. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville students expand education with mini-medical school (Photos)

A normal day for fifth-graders would include classroom lessons, having fun and being loud with friends while worrying about what was being served for lunch. That was not the case on Thursday. For fifth-grade students at Lincoln Heights, Baldwin Heights and Cedar Crest elementary schools, the students spent the day quietly focusing on “patients,” acting older than their age and worrying about who was performing the next surgery to save the “patient’s” life.

Kathy Jo VanderLaan was named the Marian Kemp Outstanding Citizen 2012 by the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville Chamber honors local people and businesses

Thursday evening was filled with fun, prizes and awards during the annual Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce meeting at Candlestone Golf and Resort. The theme for the night was James Bond/Casino Night where local business owners and community members got to have fun while socializing with the evening’s award winners.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 1, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

Central Montcalm sophomore Mason Barnwell brings the ball up the court against Big Rapid on Thursday night. The Cardinals remained undefeated with the win.

Big Rapids hoops too much for Central Montcalm

Snow was falling outside, inside in was raining three-pointers. On Thursday night, the Big Rapids Cardinals were on fire. They drained nine three-pointers and 31 field goals in all, as they defeated the host Central Montcalm Hornets 74-37 in CSAA action.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, Jan. 31

Girls basketball CC-Crystal 54, Vestaburg 20: The Eagles picked up another MSAC win on the road over the Wolverines on Thursday night. Mikayla Duflo led the Eagles’ offensive attack with 18 points on six three-pointers. Tori Christensen finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and eight steals. Hailey Geister added 10 points. Record: CC-C – 12-2 [...]

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Belding goes for O-K Blue wrestling title today

Belding’s wrestling team has a shot at winning an O-K Blue Conference title today. A long shot, noted coach Travis Meyer, but a shot nonetheless.

Some of the participants, such as this flock of ducks, worked together to raise funding and then also jumped together at the 2012 Polar Plunge. — File photo

Feb. 9 Polar Plunge at Clifford Lake b-r-r-rings some frozen fun to winter

Call them crazy or call them dedicated, but the group of “polar plungers” slated to drop through a hole in the ice Feb. 9 at Clifford Lake Inn is doing its part to raise money for a very good cause — Special Olympics Michigan. According to event organizer Jim Dennis, the annual plunge attracts as many as 100-plus plungers and 400 spectators to the small, inland lake each winter. Depending on weather conditions, he’s hoping to see at least that many turn out for this year’s plunge.