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Tina Freese-Decker, president of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals, speaks at the 2013 Many Hearts One Mission Charity Ball in Grand Rapids Saturday night. She has been named the young healthcare executive of the year and is the first sitting president in Michigan to receive the award. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Freese-Decker: Young Healthcare Executive award an ‘honor for everybody’

GREENVILLE — The president of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals is believed to be the first sitting hospital president in Michigan to receive the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHC) Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the year. In March, Tina Freese-Decker, 35, will receive the honor for outstanding achievement [...]

James Fancett and Todd Fancett were blue even before they hit the water at Saturday’s Polar Plunge at Clifford Lake. (Daily News/Mike Taylor)

Polar Plunge tops $30,000 goal for Special Olympics (PHOTOS)

It takes a special kind of crazy to jump into the near-freezing waters Clifford Lake in the middle of February, but over 100 “plungers” were willing to brave the ice depths Saturday to raise money for Special Olympics. Hundreds of spectators lined the ice to watch the plungers — many attired in colorful or whimsical costumes — leap through the hole in the ice.

More than 300 people were in attendance for the 2013 Many Hearts One Mission Charity Ball Saturday night at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids. Proceeds from the charity ball will be used to support Spectrum Health United Lifestyles Diabetes Education Program. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Many Hearts One Mission Charity Ball raises funds for diabetes education

The 2013 Many Hearts One Mission Charity Ball was a night spent at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids honoring a man who has made a huge impact on the community and raising money for a cause that affects 4,500 adults and 40 children in Montcalm County. The Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award was presented to the Rev. Jerry Jones during the annual charity ball.

Executive Directors Cheryl Smith and Barb Millard with the winners of Saturday night’s Miss Heartland Pageant. Elizabeth Johnson, of Plymouth was named Miss Heartland 2013 while Greenville’s Alisha Gatchel earned the Miss Heartland Outstanding Teen honors. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Local Miss Heartland participants qualify for Miss Michigan

Four local young women competed in the Miss Heartland Scholarship Pageant Saturday night. Two finished as title holders, providing them an opportunity to return to Muskegon to the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant, or the Miss Michigan Outstanding Teen pageant. Alisha Gatchel, 15, earned the title of Miss Heartland Outstanding Teen, while Brianna Van Houten placed as first runner-up. Both girls are from Greenville.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 11, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Feb. 11, 2013

Carson City-Crystal’s Mackenzie Geister drives toward the basket on Sparta’s Francesca Buchanan during Saturday’s game at home.

Carson City-Crystal tops Sparta at home for 14th win

No one will accuse the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team of playing a soft schedule this season. With wins against Class B schools Belding, Tri County and Shepherd already, not to mention league rivals Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart and Montabella, the Eagles faced another quality Class B school in Sparta on Saturday at home.

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Roundup: Prep scores from Saturday, Feb. 9

Montabella qualifies 12: The Mustangs got 12 wrestlers out of their 14 weight classes into the regional round of the Division 4 individual tournament Saturday at Byron…

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Grants help bring Canadian Brass to area

The Greenville Area Community Center has received two contributions to bring one of the biggest performances the Greenville Performing Arts Center has ever hosted. Because of the contributions to the community center, Canadian Brass will be coming to Greenville in September.

Clifford Lake Inn in Stanton is one of a few West Michigan areas where couples can   enjoy a romantic evening. The historic inn offers a warming setting with a fireplace, soft lighting, delicious food and a scenic view of Clifford Lake.

YOUNG AT HEART: Local places to keep love alive after 50

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many folks are thinking about ways to keep the spark fired up in the old furnace. After all, even the best relationship, given enough time, can benefit from a little boost of romance.

Attending West Michigan Collision’s (WMC) ribbon-cutting ceremony were, from left, Brad Arntz of Parker-Arntz Plumbing and heating; WMC Manager John Purchase; Gary Brewer of Firefighters Equipment; Aaron McConnell of Morton Buildings; Rockford Mayor Brien Dews; David Seppala of Isabella Bank; Scott Taylor of PPG Industries; WMC co-owner Rick Ross; Tim Heys of Painters Supply; WMC co-owner John Ross; William Irvine of PPG Industries; Keith Wilkerson of Painters Supply; Al Rinckey of A&T Soft Water; Randy Baker of West Michigan Insurance; and WMC office manager Elizabeth Ross.

West Michigan Collision celebrates grand opening

Rockford Mayor Brien Dews and several local businesses helped celebrate the grand opening of the new auto repair business West Michigan Collision this week.