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Spectrum tree lighting raises funds for infant health

The 26th annual Spectrum Health United Hospital Tree of Lights ceremony took place Sunday and recognized honored memorials with donations to the cause. The Tree of Lights events raised funds to help the Spectrum’s Maternal Infant Health Program, which assists at-risk pregnant women and infants from birth to age 1.

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Missing Detroit man with dementia dies in Howard City crash

A missing elderly Detroit man was killed in a car crash early this morning near Howard City. According to Police Chief Steve DeWitt, police responded to the crash at 2:28 a.m. at the intersection of Amy School Road and M-46 in Reynolds Township. A nearby resident had called 911 to report the sound of a car horn sounding nonstop in the area.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners and officials from the Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health continue to try to find a way to resolve a longtime leasing issue between the center and the county. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health lease discussion continues

Montcalm County commissioners have made another offer to the Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health regarding a longtime leasing issue between the county and the center. Commissioners previously voted in a committee meeting on Nov. 13 to recommend the full board approve creating a no-cost, 10-year lease for the Center for Behavioral Health to use a county building on about seven acres, which would remain under county ownership. The Center for Behavioral Health would maintain building upkeep costs and would reimburse the county for property insurance.

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Christmas coming to Carson City, Crystal and Hubbardston

Christmas events are coming to towns throughout Montcalm County and surrounding areas this holiday season. Here’s a look at some of the upcoming activities in Carson City, Crystal and Hubbardston.

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Funeral Notices – Dec. 4, 2012

Read funeral notices for Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.

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MEETING IN BRIEF: Fairplain Township Board

Read the minutes from the Dec. 3, 2012, Fairplain Township Board meeting.

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Belding man gets jail sentence for party store bomb threat

A Belding man was sentenced to six months in jail after calling in a bomb threat to the Belding Party Store last summer. Gerald Williamson, 25, was arraigned Aug. 9 in 64A District County in Ionia and charged with false report of a threat of a bomb or harmful device, a felony charge.

Montabella’s Parker Eldred (3) tries to corral a rebound between Lakeview’s John Zulugua-Torres (25) and Shawn Lindsey (20) and Montabella’s Nate Jankowsky (behind Lindsey) during the teams’ game Monday night.

Lakeview cruises in season opening win over Montabella

Boys basketball season is underway, but Montabella would have liked to have waited a few days. The Mustangs made only 11 field goals against Lakeview Monday night to lose 60-37 in the season opener for both teams.

MCC Equality Club President Christian Sowers, Vice President Rebecca Hoke and a mother release their sky lanterns into the air during the World AIDS Day candlelight vigil Saturday at Jackson’s Landing in Greenville.

Montcalm County unites to support victims of HIV and AIDS

Montcalm Community College’s Equality Club and members of Montcalm County’s community gathered at Jackson’s Landing Park in Greenville on Saturday evening to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their support for people living with HIV/AIDS and commemorate those who have died.

Students and teachers at Belding Area Schools have now spent one trimester using electronic iPad devices inside and out of the classroom to complete schoolwork and use in other ways related to their course curriculums.

Students, teachers adjusting to iPad program in Belding

Every year, Belding High School teacher Michael Ostrander buys 300 pencils and places them on his desk in the event that a student happens to be without a writing utensil for that class period.