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Greenville Department of Public Safety officers Sean Parsons, left, and Jess Dear stand alongside the new 2013 Dodge Charger V6 police cruiser, left, and one of the older police cruisers at the Greenville Department of Public Safety in Greenville Thursday morning.

2013 Dodge Charger added to Greenville Police fleet

The Greenville Department of Public Safety has received its new police cruiser and it hit the city roads this week.

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SPORTS GALORE: Girls basketball teams in midst of great seasons

As we near the end of January, high school sports teams have reached at least the mid-point in their respective seasons. So far this year, several of our area teams are having outstanding seasons. Some with legitimate chances of conference titles, district titles and beyond.

Big Rapids coach Kent Ingles, right, looks on during Monday’s win at Lakeview. Ingles, a former Greenville boys varsity coach, has the Cardinals 11-0 overall.

Former Greenville basketball coach winning in Big Rapids

Basketball is in the blood of Kent Ingles. Ingles is currently in his 10th season in charge of the Big Rapids Cardinals varsity boys basketball team. Prior to that, Ingles spent 25 years as varsity boys coach of the Greenville Yellow Jackets.

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ROUNDUP: Prep basketball scores from Thursday, Jan. 24

Lakeview 60, Morley Stanwood 54: The Wildcats bounced back from a tough loss on Monday with a win over the Mohawks on Thursday. Shawn Lindsey led the Wildcats with 21 points, while Jon Wandel added 14 and Nate Shurlow 12 points…

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OUR VIEW: ‘Our journey is not complete’

The headline is a quote from this week’s reinauguration address of the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama. Taking the oath of office for the second time using Bibles of both Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. on a federal holiday set aside to honor the latter, we found the president’s remarks to be both poignant and stirring. Soaring oratory is not unusual for this president or this event and he did not disappoint.

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GUEST VIEW: Community giving going strong

As we begin 2013, it is comforting to know that community giving is very alive and well in Montcalm County. Many of the county’s residents have suffered through the toughest of times in the last few years but there has been and continues to be a mind-set among the county’s residents that they will come together and do whatever they can to help those in need. Those in need has been broadly defined. It is not just individuals that have benefitted but also includes families, businesses, schools, hospitals, human services organizations, etc. All have been supported by large and small gifts. Organizations such as United Way, Greenville Area Community Foundation, Central Montcalm Community Foundation (CMCF), other county nonprofits as well our numerous churches, local businesses, service organizations and individuals have been generous givers. It has not mattered what the dollar amount has been. What has mattered is that so many have been willing to give what they could to help.

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SHORT TAKES: Local leader scores appointment

Congratulations to Montcalm Community College President Bob Ferrentino, who has been appointed to the Michigan Education Trust Board of Directors.

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OUR VIEW: State of the State redux

There had to have been a lot of anticipation in the audience as Gov. Rick Snyder gave his 2013 State of the State address Wednesday evening. We came away from the occasion wondering if the expectations were largely in vain. This was to be about the sate of the state. We got an admirable picture of where we’ve been and what part of the relentless positivity has been achieved. Only we in Michigan always want to know not just what have you done for us lately, but where do we go from here?

Carrie Venema, left, and John McBride stand alongside the Busy Bee taxi cab they will be driving throughout the Greenville area as they hold their licensed certificates. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New taxi service to debut in Greenville area

A taxi-cab service has received permits from the Greenville City Council to start and operate its business in and around Greenville. During Tuesday night’s regular scheduled meeting, a recommendation from Greenville Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden was presented to the council to approve a permit for Busy Bee Taxi LLC.

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Funeral Notices Jan. 24, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Jan. 24, 2012