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Michael Carigon is the volunteer of the month for December for United Way in Ionia and Montcalm counties. Carigon serves Montcalm-Ionia MRC, Ionia County CERT, the American Red Cross and more. — Courtesy photo

United Way honors first volunteer of the month

Volunteer Connections Montcalm-Ionia counties and United Way Montcalm-Ionia announces its new Volunteer of the Month program.

St. Charles Catholic Church and Our Lady of Consolation in Rockford donated groceries so every family can leave the lunch with a bag of groceries to take home. About 330 bags of groceries were donated. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Community meal is a success in Greenville

Although the Greenville community meal had fewer people than expected, the event still served its purpose of helping those who go without during the holidays. The meal began three years ago when Greenville Public Schools Director of Student Services Linda Van Houten had a family approach about getting meals for children, who – at the time – received free breakfast and lunch at school, when school was not in session.

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Funeral Notices – Jan. 4, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

Councilman Thomas Jones raises his right hand as he is sworn in to Belding City Council on Wednesday evening after council members appointed Jones to council to fill the vacancy of former councilman Jon Bunce. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Jones appointed to Belding City Council

After sharing his opinions about the city and its happenings with customers during his many years as a store manager, Thomas Jones will now put those thoughts to use as the newest member of Belding City Council. Thomas was appointed and sworn in to council Wednesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot at the beginning of the first city council meeting of this year, filling the vacancy that was created after the resignation of council member Jon Bunce.

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Mail carrier dies after tow truck runs stop sign

A mail carrier has died from his injuries after his car was struck by a tow truck. Michigan State Police Lakeview Post officers responded to the crash around noon at the intersection of Derby Road and Fleck Road in Belvidere Township.

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MEETING IN BRIEF: Maple Valley Township Board

Read the Dec. 10 meeting minutes from the Maple Valley Township Board.

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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.