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Local students deliver message of helping others in need

A small gesture of kindness can go a long way, as two local college students recently discovered. Krysti Jolley, 18, is a student at Montcalm Community College (MCC) who one day hopes to become a veterinarian, but in the meantime, she continues to take her mandatory classes and work on the side to eventually pay off her financial aid.

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Local angels come through as answer to Greenville woman’s prayer

Life is a journey bereft of maps, navigated without compass, sextant or global positioning satellites; from cradle to grave there is no sure thing, no guarantee, no promise that — should you do this and this — certain outcomes are your due. We are all motes upon a larger mote, circling a still larger mote as it hurtles through the empty blackness of space; the best we can hope for is to share what love and light we have, while we still have it. Rarely are these rough truths so apparent as at Christmastime, when the disparity between those who have and those who have not is thrown into stark relief.

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Funeral Notices – Dec. 24, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2013,

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Santa’s reindeer visit Lakeview Elementary School

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen; Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen … but how many times have you actually met a reindeer face to face?

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Funeral Notices — Dec. 23, 2013

Funeral notices for Monday, December 23, 2013

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Belding High School students collect 5,895 items for food pantry

On Dec. 11, local shoppers were left scratching their heads as to why not a single can of corn seemed to be stocked in any local grocery store throughout the Belding community. As it turns out, it wasn’t a shipping error, but rather the result of Belding High School students who visited every store and purchased each and every can available for the school’s annual food drive that day. It was a weeklong effort that resulted in 5,895 collected items that were delivered to the Belding Food Pantry at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Greenville resident Rodney Brown prepares for the end of his shift Thursday at auto manufacturer Federal-Mogul in Greenville. Brown found employment with the company after taking part in a five-day path to employment training program by the Central Area Michigan Works! Consortium. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

5 Day Path to Employment

A year-long search for work had turned up zero opportunities for Rodney Brown, who lost his job in maintenance with United Solar Ovonic when the Greenville company shut down.

Debra Young with some of the gifts that have been donated to the Huntington Bank Giving Tree that will be distributed to area schools Dec. 17.

S.H.E. – In the giving spirit, year-around

The Christmas season is a time for gift giving and generosity. Greenville resident, Debra Young donates her time and resources at Christmas and throughout the rest of the year as an ongoing show of thanks for the kindness she was shown.

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Funeral Notices – Dec. 21, 2013

Read funeral notices for Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.

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TIME TO BE KIND: Once on both sides of bullying, Belding student now reaches out to others

As a freshman, walking through the doors of Belding High School for the very first time, the pressures of the entire world weighed on the shoulders of Aleksandr Silva. Surrounded by hundreds of students he did not know, facing immediate intimidation from upperclassmen and hours of stressful homework, Silva was in a new, unfamiliar world and unsure of how to get a firm grasp on the pressures he was facing.