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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

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012

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.

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Candidate withdraws name from Belding Planning Commission

As Belding City Council members prepared to vote Tuesday night on the appointment of Jon McGowan to the Planning Commission, McGowan came forward with some choice words before removing himself as a candidate. Planning Commission members voted in favor 4-2 to appoint McGowan to the commission during a previous meeting in October. That decision was to be voted on by city council members on Nov. 6, however, the decision was postponed to Tuesday’s meeting so council members could review the minutes from the planning commission meeting.

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Greenville City Council changes clawback agreement

The Greenville City Council approved two property tax exemption agreements for real and personal property regarding future agreements. During Tuesday night’s meeting, the council took a look at the the old property tax exemption agreement – a clawback agreement – and made it into two documents, which was proposed by the city’s legal counsel. A clawback agreement requires repayment of tax abatements if a company moves or fails to create jobs that are agreed upon in a 12-year abatement.

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BUSINESS BEAT: Carson City farmer partners with Dairyland Seed

Central Michigan is a great place for production agriculture with its excellent soils and moderate climates Unfortunately, it is somewhat distant from the headquarters of major seed brands.

The Daily News at 109 N. Lafayette St. in Greenville has a Toys for Tots drop-off box located in the front office. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Toys for Tots seeking donations, drop boxes located throughout Montcalm County

This year, in the spirit of giving, hundreds of children throughout Montcalm County can look forward to a new toy for Christmas thanks to the generosity of others through the Toys for Tots program. For the next few weeks, until Dec. 13, drop boxes located throughout Montcalm County will be available for donations of new, unwrapped toys that will be distributed to parents and guardians of children in Montcalm County. Toys For Tots Coordinator Jennifer Bouck is hoping for another successful year of donations, as she anticipates as many as 1,000 people arriving in hopes to claim a gift for a child when the gifts are distributed on Dec. 15.

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Drop sites ready for annual Montcalm Challenge Food Drive

The Montcalm Challenge Food Drive is under way. Drop sites are ready for food and money and EightCAP personnel will be picking it up early the week of Dec. 10. The campaign finale and food distribution will be early afternoon on Dec. 12. Gift cards can purchased for $10 at Meijer and the proceeds will be distributed to the 18 food pantries of Montcalm County through the Montcalm Challenge Food Drive and EightCAP. So far, the Meijer “Simply Give” Program program has brought in more than $8,000 for the pantries.