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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.

Don Cooper’s last day as Montcalm County drain commissioner was Friday. He took the job in 1986. — Courtesy photo

Longtime Montcalm County drain commissioner retires

Don Cooper’s has been a career filled with ups and downs, both easy days and difficult, but, the retiring Montcalm County drain commissioner says there hasn’t been one day he hasn’t enjoyed. Cooper’s last day on the job was Friday.

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Funeral Notices – Dec. 22, 2012

Read funeral notices for Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012.

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New Ionia County treasurer appointed

A deputy clerk in the Ionia County Treasurer’s Office has been appointed the new treasurer. A committee comprised of Ionia County Probate Court Judge Robert Sykes Jr., Prosecutor Ronald Schafer and Clerk Tonda Rich appointed Judy Clark, 31, of Ionia, as the new county treasurer today.

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Greenville High School officials investigate inappropriate Twitter post

Greenville High School parents and students were informed today that school staff investigated a reported inappropriate Twitter post from a female student posted late Thursday night.

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Local schools talk about safety policies in wake of Sandy Hook

Columbine became a household name after two students murdered 12 classmates and one teacher and injured about two dozen more people before taking their own lives on April 20, 1999. One week ago today, Sandy Hook joined the ranks of Columbine, albeit with an even more deadly outcome. A total of 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., along with the gunman’s mother, before the gunman took his own life.

Diane Rogers of Gowen creates personalized gift tags with recycled Christmas cards. — Courtesy photo

Homemade Holidays: Tips for making special Christmas gifts

Diane Rogers not only makes her own Christmas gifts — she also has a clever way of tagging them. Following the holidays, the Gowen woman uses her Christmas cards and asks her family and friends to donate their cards as well so she can recycle them into personalized gift tags. In years past, Rogers has crocheted pot holders and afghans for family members and she also bakes cookies for those on her gift list. After wrapping her gifts, she applies one of her special gift tags.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 21, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

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SPORTS GALORE: World Series not guaranteed

If you thought the Detroit Tigers made things interesting in 2012, wait until the 2013 season begins in April. Last year, the experts anointed the Tigers American League Central Division champions before the ink was dry on the new mega-deal of Price Fielder.

Carson City-Crystal’s Hailey Geister moves the ball by Portland St. Patrick’s Riley Smith during Thursday’s 50-45 loss at home. Geister finished with nine points.

Turnover trouble leads to Carson City-Crystal loss

Turnovers will drive a coach mad, but more importantly, turnovers will cost a team the chance to win a ballgame. Sometimes teams are able to overcome turnovers, other times not. On Thursday night, the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team turned the ball over 17 times and could not overcome annual powerhouse Portland St. Patrick in a 50-45 loss at home.