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Spectrum Health United Hospital President Tina Freese-Decker will leave the hospital this month to take on a system-wide role of longterm planning for Spectrum. Freese-Decker began as president in 2011 and oversaw several large renovations, expansions and growth of the hospital. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

United and Kelsey president says time in Montcalm will resonate

In 2003 when scouting United Hospital as a potential candidate for joining the Spectrum Health system, then vice president of strategic planning and development Tina Freese-Decker knew the hospital was headed in the right direction. Eight years later she joined United, now part of Spectrum, as its president and after three years is turning the reigns over to a longtime business partner.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 9, 2013

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Man injured in hit and run near Sheridan

A 20-year-old man was injured Friday around 10:09 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle, which then fled the scene.

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Mount Pleasant woman identified after Saturday’s fatal crash

A 31-year-old Mount Pleasant woman died following a traffic crash Saturday at about 8:11 p.m.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 7, 2013

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Toys for Tots coordinator Jennifer Bouck, second from left, gets ready to do some Toys for Tots shopping with a gift certificate presented to the program by Meijer.  Also on hand for Wednesday’s event were, from left, Kenedi Bouck, Meijer customer service lines team leader Rose Christensen, Gabby Bailey, Alyssa Bailey, Angela Bailey, Jazlyn Bailey. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Toys For Tots donations decrease, but need is on the rise for local children

Last year, 1,264 Montcalm County kids enjoyed a Merry Christmas, thanks to the efforts of Jennifer Bouck and her fellow Toys for Tots volunteers. Bouck, who coordinates the program county-wide, hopes to do at least that well with this year’s effort.

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Edmore Village Council finally decides on snowplow company

The Edmore Village Council has finally decided on hiring a snowplowing company, but the agreement is far from unanimous.

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Funeral Notices – Dec. 6, 2013

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From left, Janine Cornell, Victoria Klumpp, Hunt for a Cure Chairwoman Trisha Haist, Matthew Mingori, Director of Respiratory and Oncology Spectrum Health United Hospital Jeremy Bainbridge, E.J. Paas, Foundation Director Shelly Westbrook, Wayne W. Kreitner, Deborah Kreitner, Andrew Hurst and John Moy, stand together celebrating two donations totaling $8,000 from the Greenville Lions Club and Hunt for a Cure organization. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Donations bring iPads to Spectrum Health United Cancer Center patients

Chemotherapy is a long, grueling and dreaded process for countless patients who give every ounce of strength in their body to stay on the road to recovery while battling against the deadly disease of cancer. But thanks to two local organizations who came together with donations for the Spectrum Health United Cancer Center, a little bit of comfort will be available in the form of iPads that will now be available for patients during their chemotherapy sessions.

B Foundation founder Mikayla Linebaugh, left, assists Belding resident Keisha Park with a cheek swab Wednesday evening during a bone marrow registry drive at Belding High School. At top left, cheek swab samples taken at Wednesday’s bone marrow registry drive will eventually be tested to see if people who participated in the drive are eligible for the national bone marrow registry. — Daily News/Cory Smith

B Foundation registers more than 80 possible bone marrow donors

When 10-year-old Bree Town’s acute myeloid leukemia relapsed last month after a year of remission, the reaction from the Greenville community was immediate and overwhelming. Several bone marrow and blood drives were quickly scheduled throughout the community, as Bree, a fourth-grade student at Baldwin Heights Elementary School, will now need a bone marrow transplant as she currently undergoes high dosage chemotherapy.