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Guest View | Lynn Mason

GUEST VIEW: Questions still remain after prison escape

I was appalled at the escape of Michael Elliot, a convicted murderer, from Ionia’s maximum security prison. That night, our communities were put at risk.

Firefighters work to extinguish a house fire this afternoon at 1101 S. Crystal road in Crystal Township — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fire destroys Crystal Township home; residents, pets, escape safely

A husband and wife, their two adopted great-grandchildren and two pets, a dog and cat, safely escaped a house fire this afternoon that destroyed the majority of their home.
Firefighters from the Crystal Township Fire Department were dispatched at 4:16 p.m. Thursday to a structure fire at 1101 S. Crystal road.

Carson City-Crystal’s Tori Christiansen, right, tries to lay up on Pewamo-Westphalia’s Hannah Thelen during the teams’ Class C district semifinal Wednesday night.

CC-Crystal outduels Pewamo-Westphalia in semis

Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team used their signature defense to beat a very good team Wednesday night. The Eagles, ranked eighth in the state in Class C by The Associated Press, held the Pewamo-Westphalia (P-W) Pirates to just six points in the first half en route to a 34-21 win in the Class C district tournament.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Feb. 26

Belding 69, Ovid-Elsie 41: The Redskins advanced to the Class B district final with a road win on Wednesday over the Marauders. Belding outscored the Marauders 25-7 in the second quarter, which included an 18-2 run…

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: What can we learn about education from Olympians?

For the past couple of weeks many of us have been enjoying watching the Winter Olympics. Whatever your feeling about these games, there is one point on which I think we can all agree. The athletes who have participated have been single minded in their effort to qualify to participate. They have prepared and trained with a focus on their goal and in the end, whether they received a medal or not, the results of their determination were obvious. Their accomplishments were stunning.


Funeral Notices for Feb. 27, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014


Greenville girls advance to district finals

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team is just one win away from its first district title since 1983. On Wednesday, the Yellow Jackets held off a feisty Lowell Red Arrows team for a 68-58 win at Cedar Springs. They will face Forest Hills Central on Friday at Cedar Springs for the Class A district title.


Stanton considers long term capital improvements

The problem with the financial planning of many municipalities, according to Stanton City Manager James Freed, is that they don’t think far enough into the future. Most communities, he explained to city commissioners at Tuesday’s regular meeting, think no more that 12 months ahead.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks on the subject of a proposal to reform Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance policy during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lansing pushing for no-fault insurance reform

Michigan stands alone as the only state to provide the benefit of unlimited personal injury protection coverage, but a resurgent effort to overhaul the current no-fault auto insurance system and implement a cap is beginning to gain ground in Lansing.

Nick Reamer, right, attempts a blocked shot during the Belding game earlier this season.

Greenville beats Lakewood 69-64

The Greenville Yellow Jackets continue to evolve its offense this season. From a fast paced (patterned after Grinnell College) style offense to a half court, more deliberate post style game, the Yellow Jackets have done a little bit of everything this season. They still shoot the three, but their defense is toughening up and the changes have helped the Yellow Jackets to three straight wins.