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SPORTS GALORE: Speculation season upon us

For plenty of college football teams it’s bowl season. For the University of Michigan football program it’s speculation season. After 33 consecutive bowl appearances (1975 to 2007), the Wolverines will not partake in the traditional month of meaningless games, sponsored by anything and everything, in warm, sunny locations across the country, otherwise known as bowl season, for the third time in seven years.

Greenville’s Paige Hallock, right, dives for a loose ball during the regional semifinal game against Muskegon in March. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Greenville girls excited to start hoops season

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team has had a great amount of success the past two seasons. In the past two years, the Yellow Jackets have won 38 games, two O-K Bronze titles and one district championship, the school’s first since 1983. This year, with a quality returning base, the expectations are once again high.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 5, 2014

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Belding’s Monica Baylis, front, boxes out during a district tournament game last season. The Redskins opened this season on Tuesday with a win over Lakewood. - File photo

Belding works for successful season

The Belding Redskins girls basketball team got off to a good start this season. After a slow start Tuesday night, the Redskins used a dominating second half to defeat Lakewood to open the 2014-15 season with a 44-33 win. Hallee Breimayer scored 16 points in the win, while Katie Wood finished with 14 points and Monica Baylis with eight points.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: To separate or not to separate

Many people who either have a child playing sports in high school or coaches, think the private schools are at an advantage when it comes to competition. Some believe the private schools are able to recruit some of the best athletes in the state, where public schools, because of a bylaw by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, are only able to get athletes who are in the school district and not outside.

The ladies of Purls of West Michigan, plus Dan Eagles, co-chairman of the Greenville Lions Club Carl Barberi Toy Project, circle around the nearly 100 matching sets of hats and mittens made by the group. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Purls of West Michigan knit nearly 100 hats and mittens for Lions Club

When it comes down to knitting and purling, cabling and gartering, and even frogging, no one does it with more passion than the ladies of Purls of West Michigan. “It’s a wonderful group of ladies,” Molly Hollar said. “It’s a good group. We have a lot of fun.”

Die Cad Group Inc. recently opened up an office on S. Greenville West Drive at the Wyngate Office Park. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Die Cad Group opens office in Greenville

Although economic woes still plague the country, both from a local and national perspective, it looks like Greenville received an economic booster shot in the form of a new company moving to the city. Die Cad Group Inc. recently set up shop at the Wyngate Office Park off of S. Greenville West Drive. The company officially opened its Greenville doors on Monday.

Stanton city officials hope to have a new downtown clock, similar to one installed this past year in the village of Sheridan, installed by August or September. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton’s clock project a symbol of community involvement

Does anyone really know what time it is? Come next October or shortly thereafter, in this city, they will. That’s assuming a current effort to raise funding for the installation of a new downtown clock is successful. And according to Stanton City Manager Jake Eckholm, there’s no reason to believe it won’t be.

Gifts are still needed for the Greenville Lions Club Carl Barberi Toy Project, and ornaments describing the age and gender of children who need gifts are available at 18 locations throughout Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Donations for Lions Club Toy Project still needed

The Greenville Lions Club has but one mission this time of year, a mission to make Christmas memorable for all Greenville area children. The objective of the club’s members sounds simple in nature, that no child wake up Christmas morning without a gift, but the reality of making that happen requires the affection and charity of an entire community.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 4, 2014

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