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Central Michigan University student and former Central Montcalm High School basketball standout Kyle Russell is hoping his plan to market Detroit Pistons tickets will help him land an internship with the team. — Courtesy photo

Central Montcalm basketball standout hoping for Detroit Pistons internship

Landing a job as an intern with the Detroit Pistons is no easy trick, but Central Michigan University senior Kyle Russell is determined to give it his best shot. Majoring in sports management with minor in business administration, Russell is aware of the large role money plays in the world of professional sports. By finding creative ways to market tickets to an upcoming Pistons game, Russell hopes to at least get an interview with the team’s management. As part of a class project, Russell — who played basketball for Central Montcalm High School before graduating in 2003 — is helping promote a special online ticket offer for the Pistons.

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Candidate withdraws name from Belding Planning Commission

As Belding City Council members prepared to vote Tuesday night on the appointment of Jon McGowan to the Planning Commission, McGowan came forward with some choice words before removing himself as a candidate. Planning Commission members voted in favor 4-2 to appoint McGowan to the commission during a previous meeting in October. That decision was to be voted on by city council members on Nov. 6, however, the decision was postponed to Tuesday’s meeting so council members could review the minutes from the planning commission meeting.

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Greenville City Council changes clawback agreement

The Greenville City Council approved two property tax exemption agreements for real and personal property regarding future agreements. During Tuesday night’s meeting, the council took a look at the the old property tax exemption agreement – a clawback agreement – and made it into two documents, which was proposed by the city’s legal counsel. A clawback agreement requires repayment of tax abatements if a company moves or fails to create jobs that are agreed upon in a 12-year abatement.

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BUSINESS BEAT: Carson City farmer partners with Dairyland Seed

Central Michigan is a great place for production agriculture with its excellent soils and moderate climates Unfortunately, it is somewhat distant from the headquarters of major seed brands.

The Daily News at 109 N. Lafayette St. in Greenville has a Toys for Tots drop-off box located in the front office. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Toys for Tots seeking donations, drop boxes located throughout Montcalm County

This year, in the spirit of giving, hundreds of children throughout Montcalm County can look forward to a new toy for Christmas thanks to the generosity of others through the Toys for Tots program. For the next few weeks, until Dec. 13, drop boxes located throughout Montcalm County will be available for donations of new, unwrapped toys that will be distributed to parents and guardians of children in Montcalm County. Toys For Tots Coordinator Jennifer Bouck is hoping for another successful year of donations, as she anticipates as many as 1,000 people arriving in hopes to claim a gift for a child when the gifts are distributed on Dec. 15.

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Drop sites ready for annual Montcalm Challenge Food Drive

The Montcalm Challenge Food Drive is under way. Drop sites are ready for food and money and EightCAP personnel will be picking it up early the week of Dec. 10. The campaign finale and food distribution will be early afternoon on Dec. 12. Gift cards can purchased for $10 at Meijer and the proceeds will be distributed to the 18 food pantries of Montcalm County through the Montcalm Challenge Food Drive and EightCAP. So far, the Meijer “Simply Give” Program program has brought in more than $8,000 for the pantries.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 23, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.

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OUR VIEW: Shopping season should start close to home

Everyone knows that the food chain is a fact of life and required for survival. Certain animals eat other animals so that life can go on. Making a commitment to shopping locally is kind of like the food chain, minus the violence. That’s because it’s just as critical to the survival of small towns as the food chain is to animals. People make a commitment to invest in our communities with their business plans, but they need us to spend our money with them to survive. And we need their businesses to help our towns thrive.

Jerry Jones

GUEST VIEW: A time to silence the bemoaning

To bemoan is a verb that means to lament. As a nation we bemoan taxes, high unemployment and staggering indebtedness. We bemoan what we cannot control like bad weather, gas prices and the common cold. We bemoan the ridiculous like cold toilet seats, empty calories and hard butter.

Bree Town, 9, left, and her father, Chris Town, play together at their home in Greenville Monday morning. Bree, who has acute myeloid leukemia, recently came home in time for Thanksgiving after spending 60 days in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy treatments. — Daily News/Cory Smith

After a trying 6 months, Town family happy to be home for the holidays

A family who has spent the last six months fighting for the life of its youngest and only saw each other when their rotations crossed paths, are thankful to spend the holidays at home — together. The Town family received heartbreaking news on May 1 when Bree Town, 9, of Greenville, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML).