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JUST IN: Bruce Brown signs Belding interim manager contract, will start Monday

After signing his contract Tuesday evening, Bruce Brown will begin his tenure as Belding’s new interim manager beginning Monday.

Three snowmobilers race across a frozen Crystal Lake on Saturday during the Crystal Lake Winter Festival. — Daily News/

Dangerous temperatures freeze out events at Crystal Lake Winter Festival

Jack Frost and his arctic wake of ice and snow were just too much for Saturday’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival. Normally a welcome friend to a festival that requires plenty of snow and a frozen Crystal Lake, Saturday’s weather conditions were deemed too dangerous by festival officials.

Bill Simpson Jr. took over Simpson Family Funeral Homes, the family business in Sheridan and Stanton, on Jan. 1. — File photo

BUSINESS BEAT: Torch passed at Simpson Family Funeral Homes

Bill Simpson Jr. is no stranger to hard work. Since middle school, he’s been putting in regular work days, at first just doing odd jobs; cleaning, yard work, washing cars. The difference between Simpson and most kids his age is this: he was doing these chores for his father’s business, Simpson Family Funeral Homes.

Moments before accepting the Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award, Carolyn “Skeet” Slocum, center, received introductory speeches from 2014 recipient Joyce London, left, and Spectrum Health Charity Ball Chairman Dr. Rocky Hansen at the Spectrum Health Charity Ball at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids on Saturday. — Daily News/Stacie Smith

Slocum honored at annual Spectrum Health Charity Ball

Despite frigid temperatures Saturday, a crowd of more than 300 came out to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to support Carolyn “Skeet” Slocum as she received this year’s Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award. The evening marks the largest fundraising undertaking for Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals each year. Proceeds for the Charity Ball benefit the renovation of existing areas in Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville to establish a cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 17, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

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Individual wrestlers advance to regional tournament

The Michigan High School Athletic Association individual wrestling tournament started with districts around the state on Saturday. In all, 36 wrestlers from seven area schools advanced through districts to the regional tournament.

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SPORTS GALORE: Jackie Robinson West learns life lesson

The Jackie Robinson West (JRW) Little League Baseball team from Chicago this week became just the third team in Little League Baseball World Series history to have wins and/or a championship vacated for rule violations. JRW was last summer’s sports sensation after winning the United States championship to reach the Little League World Series.

Greenville’s Landon Kemp drives to the basket past Northview’s Sarah VanHoute during Friday’s game at home. Kemp scored 17 points in the loss. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Northview’s defense stifles Yellow Jackets

GREENVILLE — A first half offensive struggle left the Greenville Yellow Jackets with too big a deficit to come back from. Greenville scored just four first half points and trailed by 16 at halftime. A spirited second half comeback effort fell short in a 39-32 home loss to the Northview Wildcats in O-K Bronze play. The [...]

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ED GILBERT: Pulling up a Coke machine

My friend Gary and I were fishing on a lake over by Ludington, and we’d been having some success by landing a few northern pike, when suddenly something grabbed my line and took off like there was no tomorrow! The ice was glassy and see-through in some areas, and Gary shouted as he looked down near one of his tip-ups, “Wow! I believe you’ve got a submarine on! This fish is about five feet long and easily a hundred pounds!”

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 13

Lakeview 60, Morley Stanwood 51: The Wildcats remained undefeated in the CSAA-Silver after knocking off the Mohawks Friday night. Caleb Ruvalcaba led Lakeview with 33 points, 25 of which came in the first half…