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Baldwin Heights Elementary Parent Teacher Organization President Ann Harvey has helped make the school’s organization stronger than it ever has been before. With a lot of time and effort, the school’s PTO has seen its budget go from $8,000 to $22,000 in less than three years. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Baldwin Heights’ passionate PTO leader spurs fundraising efforts

What started as an effort to get more involved in her daughter’s school has morphed into a full-time passion for Ann Harvey, president of the Baldwin Heights Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.


Lakeview to refinance old water, sewer debt

Officials in the village of Lakeview are looking into the process of refinancing old water and sewer debt dating back to the 1980s. The village currently owes $1.19 million in debt that was taken out in the late 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s to construct new lift stations, delivery mains and wastewater treatment plant improvements.

Lakeview’s Maddie Shurlow looks to make a pass through hands and defenders of Morley Stanwood during a game this season.

Lakeview girls win 13th straight

Lakeview’s girls basketball team continued their impressive roll Monday night. The Wildcats picked up their 13th straight win by beating the Chippewa Hills Warriors 52-31 in Remus.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Monday, Feb. 3

Vestaburg 68, Evart 57: The Wolverines picked up a non-conference win over the Wildcats Monday night thanks to the second straight 20-point performance from DeWayne McKinney. He also had 10 rebounds…


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Crystal man arrested for assault of girlfriend

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 20-year-old Crystal man for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

On shifts of 12 hours at a time, the highly experienced dispatchers of the Montcalm County Central Dispatch in Stanton take multitasking to the extreme with their daily duties. Dispatcher Karisa Bailey sits in front of the long line of computer screens she oversees as calls come into the 911 center. Each screen has a different program and serves a different purpose. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Dispatchers team up to guide callers through dire circumstances

Illuminated by the bluish glow of a computer screen, the sharp eyes of 30-year veteran dispatcher Jan Jourdan dart from one monitor to the next, locating nearest personnel, directing services and gathering information from the caller, all while keeping an almost eery calm.

GUEST VIEW | Brian Blomstrom

GUEST VIEW: Winter’s wrath requires safety steps

With Mother Nature’s winter tirade in full effect, the Greenville area has been impacted over the last few weeks with large amounts of snowfall, bitter cold temperatures and wind chills so extreme that just opening your front door to get your newspaper or checking your mailbox is highly unpleasant.

Belding’s Neil McCully, top, tries to get his hands together to turn Allendale’s Jon Nielsen during the finals of the 189-pound class at the O-K Blue Conference championships Saturday.

Belding places nine at O-K Blue tournament

Belding’s wrestling team had nine of the 14 wrestlers it entered into the O-K Blue Conference wrestling championships place. Despite having only three conference champions, that was good enough for coach Travis Meyer.


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