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Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: We are not finished yet

I have asked The Daily News to hold the column I had prepared for this week and print this one instead because it is time sensitive.

Greenville senior Leah Somerfield, middle, signs a Letter of Intent to play college basketball at Oakland University. Included in photo, left to right, mother Shellie Somerfield, assistant coach Tammy Kemp, head coach Eric Nichols and father Jeff Somerfield.

Greenville’s Somerfield signs with Oakland University

Greenville High School senior Leah Somerfield has always dreamed of playing basketball at the collegiate level. On Wednesday, that dream became a reality as Somerfield signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies.

Central Michigan senior Taylor Johnson, left, talks to Belding girls basketball players after a practice Wednesday.

CMU’s Johnson talks work, work, work to Belding girls

Taylor Johnson knows only one thing when it comes to winning. It takes work. That’s what she told Belding’s girls basketball players when she was invited by coach Brad Wilson to speak to them after practice Wednesday.


OUR VIEW: Local healthcare coalition is on the right track

Not many folks understand exactly what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) means for them individually. And because information on what’s required has been slow coming, many businesses are muddling a bit, too.


OUR VIEW: Of antique dealers and pawn shops

The Montcalm County Administrative Building was so packed with people at the Oct. 28 Board of Commissioners meeting, we might have thought animal rights was on the agenda. But we knew better.

Clifford Lake Inn was built in Richard’s Point (which later becomes known as Clifford Lake) in 1881. The business has changed hands multiple times over the years and is currently owned by Connie McKeown. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Historic Clifford Lake Inn near Stanton abruptly shuts down

A more than 130-year-old landmark for lakeside dining has closed its doors for good — but the reason why remains a mystery. Early this week, the Clifford Lake Inn abruptly closed. A piece of paper is taped on each entrance door reading, “Closed. Thank you for your patronage.”

The Montcalm Township Board on Wednesday approved the purchase of a severe weather siren to be installed at the township’s fire department. Officials said it will likely be the first of several to go up throughout the township. Pictured, from left, are Treasurer Rosemary Hyde, Supervisor Michael Adams and Clerk Carol Rosebrook. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Montcalm Township approves purchase of new warning siren

It’s been longer than two decades since Montcalm Township residents have heard the wailing of a siren warning them of severe weather in the area. Now township officials have committed to wiring the township with several signals by purchasing the first one.


YWCA offers new option to victims of sexual assault

For 17 years, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) West Central Michigan has provided a private medical setting to assist and treat victims of sexual assault and now the Grand Rapids-based organization has branched those services out to Montcalm County. Beginning in April of last year, the program offers victims highly trained nurse examiners and victim advocates to provide recently victimized women with physical exams as well as someone to talk to.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 14, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Nov. 14, 2013

Maple Valley Inn owner Janet Wood points out some of the historic photographs lining the establishment’s walls. According to Wood, the bar has been in the same location for more than 100 years. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Ghost hunters say Trufant bar is ‘definitely haunted’

Arthur C. Clarke, author of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” among other books, once noted, “Behind every man now alive stand 30 ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.”