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Montcalm Community College student Bryce Myers asks a question related to diversity Monday during a presentation by guest speaker Scott T. Ayotte of Spectrum Health.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC guest speaker delivers MLK Day tribute

Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as a civil rights leader will forever stand the test of time. His messages of equality and freedom for all, delivered decades ago, continue to resonate with the young learning minds of the present.

Central Montcalm Middle School math teacher Jennifer Thrush expresses her less-than-enthusiastic attitude toward kissing a pig. The entire middle school math department puckered up to reward students for a recent big win the North American Challenge, an online mathematics contest. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Central Montcalm Middle School math teachers pucker up for pig

Students at Central Montcalm Middle School were squealing with delight Thursday when several of their teachers and principal swallowed their pride, held their noses and kissed a pig. The porcine canoodling was the students’ reward for rising to the top of the North American leader board on the Manga High online math website. According to teacher Shannon Powell, several math teachers promised to kiss a live pig if the students achieved this goal.

Grace and the Rev. Jeff Wilhelm stand in the sanctuary Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. Grace was diagnosed with plasma cell leukemia in 2012. The church will be holding a marrow donor registry drive today from 3 to 7 p.m. at the church, at 908 W. Oak in Greenville. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Grace Wilhelm fights plasma cell leukemia

In October 2012, Grace Wilhelm and her husband, the Rev. Jeff Wilhelm, were driving back from a prayer conference on Mackinac Island when Grace received a phone call that shook the very foundation of her life.

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Donated lakefront property could net Lakeview $50,000

A lakefront property donated to this village could conceivably help pay for the cost of new snow removal equipment. Although the deal is still tentative, the Lakeview Village Council recently voted to allow Village Manager Jake Eckholm to move forward with the sale of a Townline Lake property donated to the village by Wells Fargo.

Lakeview senior Rylee Nielsen dives for a loose ball and makes a pass up court for a basket during Monday’s game at home against Leroy Pine River. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview girls rally past Pine River

For nearly three quarters, the Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball team had a case of the Mondays. For a good portion of the game, Leroy Pine River out-rebounded the Wildcats. Lakeview turned the ball over far too many times and its lackadaisical effort allowed the Bucks to lead after each of the first three quarters. Luckily for the Wildcats, the game lasts four quarters.

Joe Mantiply delivers a pitch for the West Michigan Whitecaps during a game last season. - Daily News/Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: Becoming the eighth man

Baseball, as with any sport, is a game of adversity. It’s your best pitch against his best swing and try as we may, we aren’t always able to come out on top.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Monday, Jan. 19

Belding 52, GR Ellington Academy 34: The Redskins won their first game of the season on Monday at home. Lucas McNinch led the way with 17 points. Bryce Wilker added 11 points

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 20, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, Jan. 17

Greenville second at West Ottawa: The Yellow Jackets took second out of 13 teams at the Holland West Ottawa Invitational on Saturday. Greenville had 180 points, which was second to Grand Ledge and ahead of the host Panthers. Cole Antcliff was the only Jacket who won his weight class, winning the 285-pound division…

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Crystal Township Board approves drain consolidation

Blockages, sinkholes and occasional flooding — there’s no shortage of drainage problems that this township’s residents have experienced in the downtown district.

So in an effort to give the county drain commissioner more leeway to address these problems, the Crystal Township Board voted 4-1 on Wednesday to consolidate seven drainage systems within the township into a single drainage district.