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Greenville boy runners faced difficult competition

Greenville first-year boys cross country coach Eric Nichols knew he had a difficult task ahead of him when he took the job. The Yellow Jackets were going to have to have fantastic times in order to compete with the rest of a tough O-K Bronze Conference.

Lakeview goalkeeper Lucas Sweet sends the ball down field during a match this year.

Lakeview soccer coach: season record deceiving

Lakeview’s soccer team had the same amount of wins last season as they did this season. But that’s a bit deceiving, said coach Chris Smith.

CC-Crystal runners, left to right, Elizabeth McCrackin, Tyler Craig and Kaitlin Beyer all qualified for the Division 3 cross country state finals this season.

CC-Crystal had two individual XC champs

Carson City-Crystal’s cross country teams fared well in Grant Woodman’s first year as coach. But what stands out for the Eagle runners were having two champions in cross country in the Mid-State Activities Conference.

Belding quarterback Kole Hart takes a snap from his center during a home game against Comstock Park this season. The Redskins finished the season 2-7 overall.

Belding football coach happy with first season

The 2012 season was one of transition for Belding’s football team. The Redskins had a new coach in Joe Schwander, who installed new offensive and defensive systems.

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SHORT TAKES: Take precaution during firearm deer season

Regular firearm deer season begins this coming Thursday. Daylight hours are limited at this time of year, and runners and walkers in rural areas will be sharing the woods, roads and trails with hunters. It’s an especially appropriate time for common sense and bright-colored clothing.

Belding resident and World War II veteran John Giesen points to his own name on the new Belding Freedom Wall memorial Sunday. Giesen was one of 10 Belding area veterans who served in World War II who helped dedicate the new memorial. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Freedom Wall dedicated in honor of World War II veterans

For several moments Sunday morning, Belding resident and World War II veteran John Geisen stood quietly just a few feet in front of the new Belding Freedom Wall memorial as people shuffled around him. Staring at the newly dedicated wall, built in memory of area WWII veterans, Geisen’s eyes began to glass over with tears. With a deep breath, he then took a few steps closer to the wall.

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Workers from R.A. Holmes Construction in Nunica Inc. work on an expansion project at Huntington Foam in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Huntington Foam in Greenville nears completion of expansion

The Greenville City Council approved a tax abatement application from Huntington Foam as its expansion, which began in July, is coming to an end. Huntington Foam, located at 1323 Moore Street, is a custom foam shape molder for applications, plumbing, furniture, electronics and automotive industries. The company is based in Jeanneatte, Pa., and also has facilities in Fort Smith, Ark., Greer, S.C., Guadalupe, Mexico, and Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 12, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

The 13th annual Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops Concert will return to Greenville on Dec. 12, presented by the Education Foundation of Greenville. — File photo

Annual Grand Rapids Symphony Pops Concert slated for Dec. 12

The 13th annual Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops Concert is being presented by the Education Foundation of Greenville on Dec. 12. “Bringing the Grand Rapids Symphony to Greenville is so important to the Education Foundation for a couple of reasons,” said the Education Foundation of Greenville Co-Chairman Steve Day. “One, it brings us some name recognition each year and is a wonderful marketing tool for our foundation, and two, it helps to fund many of our teacher grants and student scholarships each and every year.” Tickets for the concert go on sale Monday at The Daily News office, located at 109 N. Lafayette St., in Greenville. Only cash and check will be accepted.

Local author Maureen Burns signs a copy of her latest book, “My Mind, or What’s Left of It” at Montcalm Community College. — Courtesy photo

Greenville columnist publishes new book

When it comes down to it, the most important aspect of good writing is relating the truths universal to the human condition. That was the touchstone that Daily News columnist Maureen Burns turned to while selecting essays for her latest book, “On My Mind, or What’s Left of It.” This sometimes touching, often humorous collection is culled from Burns’ columns in The Daily News, as well as essays she has penned for the Catholic digest Faith Magazine. There are even a few of Burns’ favorite recipes to be found within the pages of her new book.