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Scott Hammer is led from jail into a courtroom by a Kent County Sheriff’s deputy Oct. 23 in Grand Rapids.

Man accused of killing girlfriend dies in jail of apparent suicide

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of an inmate that occurred early this morning at the Grand Rapids Correctional Facility.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 10, 2013

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The role of Mary is played by Rachel Powers, center. Joseph is played by Brent Eubank, right.  In the background are, from left, shepherds Paul Taylor, Dan Wilson and Larry Bush. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Orleans church brings Christmas story to life at God’s Restful Acres

This passage, from the book of Luke, explains the Christmas story with a fluidity and beauty that, in more than 2,000 years, has yet to be matched. More than one believer, and some who do not, have dreamed of witnessing the story of Christ’s birth first-hand, as it unfolded in the hills and fields surrounding long-ago Bethlehem.

Russell Plumbing and Heating relocated to a bigger building in Greenville, swapping a 3,500-square foot building for a 11,000-square foot building. The 10-year-old business moved only a block from its previous location Nov. 1. Pictured, from left, are owners Terry Russell, Jeff Jensen and Patricia Jackson.

BUSINESS BEAT: New location for Russell Plumbing and Heating

After 10 years in business, Russell Plumbing and Heating has finally outgrown its headquarters on Fairplains St. and moved into a larger facility only a block away.

Reagan Johnson, 3, of Stanton, talks to Santa Claus. Not only did she share what she would like to receive, but she also asked Santa what he would like for Christmas. — Courtesy photo

MCC’s Heritage Village Holiday offered guest old-fashioned Christmas-themed events

Light snowflakes were fluttering down as groups of carolers, donned in Victorian garb, sang Christmas songs to those strolling past. The scene was not only one from a Charles Dickens novel, but also one at the Montcalm Community College’s Heritage Village, the locale of the Heritage Village Holiday on Sunday afternoon. Formerly known as Santa’s Super Sunday, the 32nd annual event draws in hundreds of residents from all around Montcalm County.


GUEST VIEW: Why high school sports?

With each school year, we begin a cycle of athletic seasons that complement our top priority: academic achievement. From time to time, we find ourselves reflecting on the meaningful role school-based athletics plays in our students’ overall education. We are also reminded that our purpose needs to be well understood and in the most effective situations, will be a shared commitment by students, coaches, parents, and the community. When expectations of purpose are not shared, our athletic programs aren’t able to make the positive contributions we hope they bring to our schools.

Members of the Duck Lake Improvement Board, from left, County Commissioner Ron Braman, Bob Muscott, Dick Walthorn, Montcalm County Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines and David Wight listen Tuesday afternoon as representatives from S&R Environmental Consulting of St. Charles and Restorative Lake Sciences of Spring Lake give lake consulting presentations. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Duck Lake Improvement Board adopt official bylaws

After several tense meetings between members of the Duck Lake Improvement Board, it seems everything is beginning to fall into order now that board members have reached an agreement on official bylaws. Board members unanimously agreed to accept official bylaws at Tuesday’s meeting at the Montcalm County Administration Building in Stanton.

Several of this year’s floats featured young passengers passing out candy while trying to stay warm. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Santa visits Greenville for Hometown Christmas Parade

Thousands of hardy souls braved temperatures in the teens to catch a glimpse of St. Nick in this year’s Hometown Christmas Parade. Fans of Father Christmas began lining the streets along the downtown parade route an hour or more before the event’s 6 p.m. start time.

Spectrum Health United Hospital President Tina Freese-Decker will leave the hospital this month to take on a system-wide role of longterm planning for Spectrum. Freese-Decker began as president in 2011 and oversaw several large renovations, expansions and growth of the hospital. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

United and Kelsey president says time in Montcalm will resonate

In 2003 when scouting United Hospital as a potential candidate for joining the Spectrum Health system, then vice president of strategic planning and development Tina Freese-Decker knew the hospital was headed in the right direction. Eight years later she joined United, now part of Spectrum, as its president and after three years is turning the reigns over to a longtime business partner.


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