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Lakeview Jaycees go extra mile with toy drive Dec. 8

With the holidays approaching, it’s easy to get caught up in the fast-paced cacophony that accompanies the season. Despite a distinct tendency toward giving this time of year, things often get too hectic and good intentions are left by the wayside. That’s why efforts like the one being hosted Saturday at McKenna’s Tavern in Lakeview are so important, particularly for area children who might otherwise have a less-than-merry Christmas.


GACF grants to improve Greenville

More than $15,000 in grant money was award to the Greenville Recreation Department and Greenville Area Community Center to help fund equipment and security systems. During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, council members approved accepting the funds from the Greenville Area Community Foundation for the departments.


OUR VIEW: Responsibly recycling history in Edmore

So many old buildings are going the way of the dinosaur. Most recently, it was announced the former Gibson buildings in downtown Belding are set to be demolished by Electrolux, including the original silk mill and other buildings, the oldest of which have stood since 1903. So we were pleased to report an update about the ongoing progress of another historic local site — the former General Bag Corp. building and property in Edmore.

Greenville’s Curtis Heppe (3) draws double contact from Muskegon Reeths-Puffer’s Dede Blake, left, and Marquese Livers (10) during Tuesday’s season opening game.

Greenville loses late lead, falls 71-64 in opener

The Greenville Yellow Jackets, after an early lead, spent most of its first game chasing the lead. In the end, the Yellow Jackets (0-1) may have ran out of gas in a 71-64 season opening loss to the Muskegon Reeths-Puffer Rockets.


Wrestlers ready to hit the mat in openers

Last week, the girls basketball season started. That was followed with the boys basketball season on Monday. Now it’s time for the grapplers to hit the mat. All area teams are in action tonight for the first time, with the goal of reaching Battle Creek in late February for the team state finals.


ROUNDUP: Prep basketball scores from Tuesday, Dec. 4

Fowler 51, CC-Crystal 44: The Eagles fell to former CMAC foe Fowler in the season-opener Tuesday night. Brann Schmitt had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds

The Belding Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Home for the Holidays event with Santa Claus at the Covered Village Mall on Saturday. — Courtesy photo

Hundreds enjoy Home for the Holidays in Belding

As part of this year’s holiday festivities in and around the city, the Belding Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Home for the Holidays event at the Covered Village Mall on Saturday. Several hundred people enjoyed the day with Santa, taking part in many activities including cookie and ornament decorating, face painting, music and refreshments.


Central Montcalm to host juvenile diabetes fundraiser Dec. 7

The second annual Orange Out juvenile diabetes fundraiser will take place at Central Montcalm Public School on Friday.


United Way to distribute toy trucks in Ionia and Montcalm counties

More than 20 volunteers from Local United Ways and labor unions worked hand in hand to help unload 15,000 toy trucks that will be distributed to children in need throughout Michigan.


Anonymous donor gives RAVE $1,000 surprise

A woman delivered a $1,000 cash donation to Relief After Violent Encounter (RAVE) this week, illustrating again how the people of the community give to local organizations. The woman asked for a signature verifying the donation had been delivered, produced exactly $1,000 and then left. Neither the identity of the messenger, nor the identity of the donor is known.