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From left, volunteers Jason Compton, 16, of Greenville, Nick Badder, 17, of Belding and Miranda Brodock, 25, of Belding, serve dinner to patrons at the Bridge Street Cafe in Belding during the annual free Christmas Eve dinner. — Daily News/Cory Smith

More than 400 attend free dinner at Belding’s Bridge Street Cafe

For Marie Brodock, Christmas Eve was sometimes a day spent alone as her children spent the day with their father. But for the past several years, that festive day that so many spend with family hasn’t seemed so lonely for the Greenville resident as she travels a few miles south to Bridge Street Cafe in Belding.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 26, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012

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Hubbardston farm receives MAEAP livestock award

The Ionia Conservation District would like to congratulate Richard and Beverly Divelbiss of R&B Farm in Hubbardston, on receiving verification under the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) for livestock practices.

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Hamman to add Greenville girls soccer to coaching duties

A familiar face to Greenville girls soccer players will be taking the reins of the soccer program. Chris Hamman will take over as varsity coach, replacing Nathan Lewis.

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Yellow Jacket wrestlers second at Hudsonville

The Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team had a good team showing during Saturday’s Hudsonville Invitational. Greenville placed 12 of 14 wrestlers in the individual wrestling tournament to finish with 207 points. Whitehall finished ahead of Greenville with 223 points, while host Hudsonville was a distant third with 119 points.

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Dec. 27 community dinner to help those who go without

A community dinner will be held in Greenville to help those who go without during the holiday season. The dinner will be take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Greenville High School cafeteria.

Carrie Ross’ smile today is contagious and full of life ... a sure sign of recovery after a long road battling drug addiction. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Road to recovery: Holidays have new meaning for former addict

Carrie Anne Ross will spend this Christmas with her family for the first time in years. The 28-year-old Greenville woman spent the better part of the past decade trying to find herself and learn how to express her feelings. Instead, she found herself lost in the hellish world of an all-consuming drug addiction — with a jail and prison record, near-death experiences and emotional scars as proof.

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SHORT TAKES: Plenty of positives to look back on for 2012

As families and friends gather for Christmas and focus on the positive aspects of life right now, we are thinking about all the things those of us who live here have to celebrate, too.

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Funeral Notices for Dec 24, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Dec 24, 2012

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Greenville couple decorate more than 30 Christmas trees in their home

From outdoors, the residence on Hathaway Drive seems like any other during the holiday season. With a few lights and some Christmas decorations, it fits in well within the neighborhood of the Baldwin Woods subdivision. But take a step inside the home of Jim and Mari Wise and you’ll find yourself immersed in a world filled with more than 30 Christmas trees, all specific in nature with thousands of lights and decorations to behold.