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Many friends, family and colleagues came out to congratulate Penny Dora for being the Woman’s Action Network Woman of the Year. From left, back row, Lenny Eldred, Blake Hollenbeck, Sen. Judy Emmons, Kathy Engel, Jerry McCoy, Gary Valentine, Aaron Crebessa, Norice Rasmussen; middle row, U.S. Rep. Dave Camp representative, Rep. Rick Outman, Mayor Pro Tem Jeanne Cunliffe, Michelle Goodwin, Rachel Hollenbeck, Abbey Dora, Andrea Krause; front row, Lisa Lund, Glen Dora, Penny Dora and Fran Gibbs.

Penny Dora named Woman’s Action Network Woman of Year

The Woman’s Action Network (WAN) announced Penny Dora as its 2012 Woman of the Year. Dora, executive assistant at the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD), was honored by family, friends and colleagues Thursday night at the Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville.

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FH Central stops Greenville in district finals

It looked like the Emily Campbell Show in Greenville. Campbell had 27 kills in the Class A district final Thursday, leading Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central to a sweep of Greenville, 25-23, 25-17, 25-22.

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OUR VIEW: Re-elect Outman for 70th District state representative

Voters will decide between two similar, yet different candidates for 70th District state representative on Nov. 6. Incumbent Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, is being challenged by Mike Huckleberry, D-Greenville.

Firefighters from the Sheridan Community and Ronald Township Volunteer fire departments battle a fire Thursday morning east of Fenwick. The home was a complete loss. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Mother, son, escape Fenwick house fire safely

A mother and son are safe after a fire that started in a pump room spread to and consumed their home east of Fenwick on Thursday morning. The Sheridan Community and Ronald Township fire departments were dispatched at 9:53 a.m. to 4874 E. Cole Road in response to a structure fire.

Montcalm Area Career Center Engineering Instructor Art Ward and his students, Lakeview junior Peter Betten, 17, Vestaburg junior Christopher Powelson, 16, Vestaburg junior Austin Blanks, 17, and Central Montcalm senior Timothy Moravik, 17, ready their trebuchet that the students built for a class project for launch Wednesday at the Montcalm Area Career Center in Sidney. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Students launch pumpkin chuckin’ event (VIDEO)

Students decided to put what they learned in the classroom to the test by creating a plan to chuck pumpkins on Wednesday. Students from the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) created a trebuchet to launch pumpkins at a target — a car — by using algebra and more.

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Funeral Notices for Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

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Contested school board races in five districts

Five local school districts will have contested school board positions on the ballot Nov. 6, including Belding, Carson City-Crystal, Montabella, Tri County and Vestaburg.

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MEETING IN BRIEF: Fairplain Township

Read the minutes from the Fairplain Township Board meeting Oct. 1.

Central Montcalm’s Savannah Case, right, and Paige Switzer block the ball from the Alma Panthers on Wednesday night during the Class B district semifinal game.

Central Montcalm, Belding will meet for district title

At least one of our area teams will be crowned a district volleyball champion at the end of today. The Central Montcalm Hornets and Belding Redskins made sure of that with Class B district semifinal wins on Wednesday night at Belding. The Hornets needed five games to do so, while the Redskins advanced after three games.

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Gov. Snyder, AG Schuette, GOP chairman coming to Greenville

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak will be joined by Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette in Greenville on Saturday. The state Republican team is traveling around the state for the Believe in Michigan Bus Tour. The Greenville stop is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Montcalm GOP Headquarters at 214 South Franklin St. in Greenville.