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MEETING IN BRIEF: Pierson Township Board

Read the meeting minutes from Nov. 8 and Dec. 4 for the Pierson Township Board.

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Montcalm County Board of Commissioners organizes

New faces were in new chairs at Wednesday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners annual organizational meeting. Ron Blanding of Greenville, Ron Braman of Vestaburg and Steve DeWitt of Coral are the newest faces on the board, having been elected last year. Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview was re-appointed by his colleagues as longtime chairman of the board, with Ron Retzloff of Crystal appointed vice chairman.

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Funeral Notices – Jan. 3, 2013

Read funeral notices for Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.

CC-Crystal’s Brann Schmitt (10) goes up for a shot as Belding’s Kole Hart, right, watches during the teams’ game Dec. 18.

CC-C’s Schmitt transitions to basketball from football

Brann Schmitt had a very successful football season. He hopes to improve his basketball, too.

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Ingles to host basketball skills camp in Greenville

Former Greenville High School basketball star Zach Ingles is using his talents to help area youths with their offensive basketball skills. Ingles — who played college hoops at Eastern Kentucky and professionally overseas — is hosting the Sports Galore Basketball camp Saturday at Greenville High School from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The camp will focus purely on learning how to create opportunities and to score points.

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Fellowship Baptist Academy basketball wins 3, loses 1

Fellowship Baptist Academy was able to start the season off with three straight victories over Beth Haven Baptist, Midland Christian and Juniata Christian before dropping their first of the year to Immanuel Christian of Owosso on Dec. 14.

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Tri County’s ‘Top Gun’ graduates from Annapolis

Megan Wolowicz was inspired to join the Navy after watching “Top Gun.” Last month, the 2008 Tri County High School graduate followed in the footsteps of that movie’s larger-than-life characters by graduating from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. In return for her bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering, she will now serve the Navy.

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New Marshall in town: Village of Pierson has new president

The long-troubled village of Pierson has a new leader – and he has plans for positive change in this tiny town. Marshall Dillon, who previously served on the council, ousted Karl Van Haren as president in the Nov. 6 election. Dillon received 21 votes as a write-in candidate compared to Van Haren’s 19 votes. Van Haren did not request a recount.

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Funeral Notices – Jan. 2, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

Greenville senior Michael Schmidt goes for a pin during a match at home this season. Schmidt is 18-3 this year and ranked No. 10 at 119 pounds in Division 2.

Greenville’s Schmidt having strong senior year

Greenville senior wrestler Michael Schmidt is looking to close out his senior season on a high note. The 119-pounder is currently 18-3 overall — started the season with seven consecutive pins — and ranked No. 10 in Division 2 by michigangrappler.com.