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“I love doing it for the kids,” Ferris said about playing Santa. “The kids are great. But the old folks are actually more appreciative. They really enjoy it; they’re thrilled. I just got a big box of candy canes for this year’s visits. I go around and wish them all a Merry Christmas and they love it.”

Local ‘Santa’ Roger Ferris shares Christmas spirit with seniors

He’s got the beard, he’s got the build. Most importantly for volunteer “Santa,” a.k.a., Roger Ferris, he’s got the desire to bring a little holiday cheer into the lives of area seniors.

John Refiff

9 months later and still no charges issued in fatal Howard City crash

Today marks nine months ago that John Reniff died in a multi-vehicle accident in Howard City. Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies responded to a three-vehicle crash on Ensley Street south of Walnut Street at 9:23 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 26, 2012

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Corey Alan Crawford

Howard City indecent exposure suspect arrested

A man suspected of at least two incidents of indecent exposure in Howard City has been arrested. Corey Alan Crawford, 21, of Howard City, turned himself in to police on Nov. 19.

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3 arrested in connection to meth investigation at Flat River Inn

One male and two female suspects have been arrested after police conducted a methamphetamine investigation at the Flat River Inn in Greenville on Saturday and found the three in possession of of meth. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of the Greenville Department of Public Safety, conducted the investigation and made contact with the three suspects at the Flat River Inn at 2 a.m.

Shoppers lined up at stores such as J.C. Penney Co. in Greenville on Friday to take advantage of shopping discounts featured across the United States. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Stores see strong shopping turnouts on Black Friday — and Thursday

Black Thursday is the new Black Friday. Stores had a double opportunity to turn a profit for the holiday season this year, with many businesses opening on Thanksgiving Day, as well as on traditional Black Friday.

Lakeview boys coach Mike Schreiber, left, talks with his team during a timeout last season. The Wildcats open the season Dec. 3 at home against Montabella.

Lakeview boys hoops will a be young team

With a little more than a week before the boys high school basketball season begins, one thing is for certain, the Lakeview Wildcats will feature a very young team. With just two returning seniors, it’s very possible the Wildcats could have not one, not two, but three sophomores in the starting lineup this season.

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Central Montcalm Public School on board with Stanton proposal

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved a request from the Stanton city manager and amended general and food service funds at Wednesday’s meeting. Stanton City Manager James Freed explained how the city is in the process of upgrading water and sewer systems to improve the quality of water and improve fire protection for residents.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 24, 2012

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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.