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Hand crafted inlays featuring ivory, ebony, abalone and other exotic materials are found in many of Jack Stutting’s pricier cues. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

When it comes to hobbies, business, Greenville collector follows his muse

How much would you pay for a 5-foot-long wooden dowel? If your answer is, “Um, about $50,000,” then Greenville collector Jack Stutting would like to hear from you. But odds are he won’t be willing to part with any of the “top shelf” pool cues that make up his elite stockpile. According to Stutting, who has been collecting cues since 1965, he generally has between 60 to 80 cues on hand at any given time, many valued at somewhere between $6,000 and $35,000.

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SHORT TAKES: No easy answers on affirmative action

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati last Thursday overturned Michigan’s 2006 voter-approved ban on affirmative action in college admissions and public hiring. The court’s action brought an immediate response from Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette, who will appeal the ruling. The ultimate result of this question will have a lot to do with the cost of, and access to, higher education in this country.

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New Drake’s Place restaurant pays tribute to Greenville community, history

After more than a year of planning, construction and remodeling, Bob Drake now offers another option for a classic breakfast and a unique lunch in the area.

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Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce earns Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals honors again

The Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals (MACP) recognized the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce with the 2012 Outstanding Chamber of Commerce Award—Small Chamber Category at the MACP Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting held at Crystal Mountain Resort Oct. 18. This is the second consecutive year the Greenville Area Chamber received the award.

Hansen’s Vision Center and Smeelink Optical have joined forces in Greenville and have renamed themselves Eye Care One. The building, which Hansen’s has been operating in since 2007, will soon include a corrective lens laboratory, cutting waiting time from as long as 10 days to as soon as the same day lens are ordered. Pictured are, from left, Manager Cindy Hansen, Hansen’s Vision founder Rocky Hansen and Director of Operations Heather Ryan.

Hansen’s Vision, Smeelink Optical join forces, add lab

In today’s society, quick production is demanded and fast results are expected. Optical care is no exception.
For patients of Smeelink Optical and Hansen’s Vision Center, who recently merged and have renamed themselves Eye Care One, the wait for new lens will be considerably shorter once the new laboratory is constructed.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 19, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Nov. 20

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Greenville car thief who stopped for lunch sentenced to jail

A Grand Rapids man who stole a car in Greenville and then stopped for lunch will be in the Montcalm County Jail until next year. Ryan Griffee, 24, was charged with unlawfully driving away an automobile, fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing a police officer and being a habitual offender second offense — all felonies. He pleaded guilty to fourth-degree fleeing and eluding and attempted unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

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UPDATE: Grand Rapids-Ionia man arrested for Pierson Township murder

An arrest has been made in the early Saturday morning murder of a Pierson Township woman. According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, a 29-year-old man from Grand Rapids and Ionia was arrested and is expected to be arraigned and charged Monday with open murder.

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Greenville man killed in Ionia County crash

A Greenville man was killed Sunday morning after his vehicle exited the road and struck a tree. Ionia County sheriff’s officials responded to a personal injury accident at Van Vleck Road and Allan Road in Ronald Township. Upon arrival, deputies located one vehicle that had struck a tree.

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Deaf Pride Day brings joy of communication to area students

There’s something unnerving about standing in an auditorium full of deaf students. At the podium, a speaker addresses her audience using only hand gestures, while an interpreter quietly speaks the words into a microphone for the benefit of the few present capable of hearing them.