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The Winfield Hustlers include, front row, from left, Abigail Rushmore and Kelly Olger; back row from left, Jessica Black, Hailey Olger, Joy Johnson, Serena Johnson, Lindsey Olger, Kristina Brasington, Dominic Black, Nathan Rousseau, Tyler Keilholtz and Aaron Johnson. — Courtesy photo

Winfield Hustlers sew blankets for young heart surgery patients

Hailey Olger wants to be a doctor when she grows up. The aspirations of this 12-year-old are due in part to watching her little sister Kelly struggle with heart defects. Kelly is 5 years old and has already had three open heart surgeries.

Guest View | Bob Ferrentino

GUEST VIEW: New day dawns for area education

On behalf of everyone associated with Montcalm Community College, I am pleased to announce Thursday’s grand opening of the Bill Braman Family Center for Education located on our Greenville campus.

This 1994 Mercury Tracer was destroyed by an arson on Saturday at Weatherbrook Auto Sales in Stanton. — Courtesy photo

Police investigating arson at Stanton business

Police are investigating an arson that took place over the weekend at a Stanton business. The Stanton Fire Department was called to a car fire at Weatherbrook Auto Sales at 106 S. State St. at 5:52 p.m. Saturday. The Stanton Police Department also responded to the scene.

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Road work season is on the way

Construction work and how a majority of projects are funded were popular topics during the Greater Greenville Transportation meeting Wednesday evening. The committee met at Courtland Township Hall during its quarterly meeting just in time to talk about the upcoming construction season.

Fire trucks are always one of the most popular vehicles during the Touch a Truck event scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in Greenville. — Courtesy photo

Children can experience life behind the wheel of a big rig

If your son or daughter has ever wondered what the world looks like from the seat of an 18-wheeler, fire truck or ice cream wagon, this Saturday he or she will have the chance to find out. From 1 to 3 p.m. at the Meijer parking lot on M-57, the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department is offering its semi-annual Touch a Truck Day. Held every other year, the event brings in the big rigs that kids really want to get close to.

Belding’s Joesi Krieger, right, takes the ball away from Sparta’s Jody Sellers during Wednesday’s game at Rudness Field. Sparta won the conference game 5-0.

McKellar leads Sparta soccer by Belding

Sparta’s Savanah MeKellar had a great game. The Belding Redskins defense did not. McKellar scored four goals as the Spartans dominated the Redskins 5-0 in an O-K Blue game on Wednesday night.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, April 24

Greenville takes two from Cedar Springs: The Yellow Jackets took a pair of games from the Red Hawks in an O-K Bronze Conference game Wednesday. Greenville scored six times in the seventh inning to break open a 1-1 tie and beat the Red Hawks 7-1 in the opener…

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Funeral Notices for April 25, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, April 25, 2013

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MAKING THE GRADE: Final thoughts on the Educational Achievement Authority — for now

In recent weeks, we have discussed the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA). I have said that I am not interested in scaring people, but I believe there are some scary components of this program to improve student success in schools that have been identified as failing. There have been some improvements in the legislation that was passed in the House, but there are still issues that I would like to see addressed.

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Autism expo set for Monday in Greenville

Only a parent, teacher or caregiver of an autistic child can truly understand the challenges presented by this condition — the incremental cognitive and physical advances, sometimes too small to even be noticeable to the casual observer; the waiting for diagnoses, for slots to become available on favored programs.