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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.


Funeral Notices – Dec. 5, 2012

Read funeral notices for Wednesday, December 5, 2012.

Belding City Councilman Jon Bunce reads his letter of resignation Tuesday night to members of city council and the public at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Jon Bunce resigns from Belding City Council

Citing more time to spend with his children and family, Belding City Councilman Jon Bunce officially submitted his letter of resignation at Tuesday night’s Belding City Council meeting. Bunce began his statement of resignation by offering a formal apology to Otisco Township resident Jeff Hunter, who was in attendance and spoke during the public comment period.

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Spectrum tree lighting raises funds for infant health

The 26th annual Spectrum Health United Hospital Tree of Lights ceremony took place Sunday and recognized honored memorials with donations to the cause. The Tree of Lights events raised funds to help the Spectrum’s Maternal Infant Health Program, which assists at-risk pregnant women and infants from birth to age 1.