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Greenville to face familiar opponents in playoffs

The high school basketball season is only a quarter of the way complete, but the Greenville Yellow Jackets already know who they will face in the postseason district tournament. Both the girls and boys team will be facing familiar foes in Lowell and Northview.

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Lakeview powder puff workshop makes toys for children

Make all the jokes you want about girls and their alleged ineptitude when it comes to power tools — all evidence to the contrary was on display Wednesday evening at Lakeview High School. That’s where students in Dave Albert’s all-female “powder puff” shop class have spent the past several weeks putting together 20 toy motorcycles, which were then awarded to a select group of area children. The motorcycles, crafted from white pine and mahogany, were among the most carefully built and decorated toys Albert has seen during his time at Lakeview High School. The girls, Albert said, tended to be a bit more meticulous than their male counterparts.

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Greenville to honor student-athletes

n the past year, Greenville High School saw many of its student-athletes succeed both on and off the field. On Friday night, those athletes will be recognized for their accomplishments in front of a home basketball crowd. All teams and individual all-state student-athletes will be honored during halftime of Friday’s varsity girls basketball game between Greenville and Forest Hills Northern. The girls game is expected to begin around 7:30 p.m. The boys game begins at 6 p.m.

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Community mourns death of Mary “Mo” Beach

A local woman spent most of her life bettering the community by helping others, taking part in organizations and making a difference. Mary Theresa “Mo” Beach, 68, of Stanton, died Tuesday at the Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids.

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MEETINGS IN BRIEF: Spencer Township Board

Read the minutes from Spencer Township Board meetings on Sept. 18, Oct. 16 and Nov. 20.

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MEETING IN BRIEF: Oakfield Township Board

Read the minutes from the Nov. 13 Oakfield Township Board meeting.

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Montcalm County woman killed in Grand Rapids murders-suicide

A funeral will be held in Greenville on Friday for a Montcalm County woman who lost her life in a tragic event Monday in Grand Rapids. According to WZZM 13, Chelsea Magoon, 21, died from a gunshot wound in a vehicle parked at Arbor Circle near the corner of Ball Avenue and Leonard Street in a double homicide-suicide. Quiana Phillips, 31, also died from a gunshot wound after the suspect, Marvin Duane Lockridge, 27, shot both women and then took his own life.

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Funeral Notices – Dec. 20, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.

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OUR VIEW: Violence epidemic in need of solutions

It’s the Christmas season and we are ever mindful that it is to be one of the most joyous times of the year, and maybe, as some time passes, it will be. However, to ignore the horrific events of last Friday in Newtown would not be an honest reflection of this particular season. The fact is that our Christmas seasons forevermore may be tainted with the memory of last week.

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Greenville man arraigned for early morning crash that killed one

A Greenville man was arraigned Wednesday on charges for operating while intoxicated causing death, a 15-year felony, according to the Ionia County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies responded to Jefferson Road north of Nickleplate Road in Ronald Township for an accident at about 1:23 a.m. Wednesday.