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The Daily News at 109 N. Lafayette St. in Greenville has a Toys for Tots drop-off box located in the front office. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Toys for Tots seeking donations, drop boxes located throughout Montcalm County

This year, in the spirit of giving, hundreds of children throughout Montcalm County can look forward to a new toy for Christmas thanks to the generosity of others through the Toys for Tots program. For the next few weeks, until Dec. 13, drop boxes located throughout Montcalm County will be available for donations of new, unwrapped toys that will be distributed to parents and guardians of children in Montcalm County. Toys For Tots Coordinator Jennifer Bouck is hoping for another successful year of donations, as she anticipates as many as 1,000 people arriving in hopes to claim a gift for a child when the gifts are distributed on Dec. 15.

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Drop sites ready for annual Montcalm Challenge Food Drive

The Montcalm Challenge Food Drive is under way. Drop sites are ready for food and money and EightCAP personnel will be picking it up early the week of Dec. 10. The campaign finale and food distribution will be early afternoon on Dec. 12. Gift cards can purchased for $10 at Meijer and the proceeds will be distributed to the 18 food pantries of Montcalm County through the Montcalm Challenge Food Drive and EightCAP. So far, the Meijer “Simply Give” Program program has brought in more than $8,000 for the pantries.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 23, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.

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OUR VIEW: Shopping season should start close to home

Everyone knows that the food chain is a fact of life and required for survival. Certain animals eat other animals so that life can go on. Making a commitment to shopping locally is kind of like the food chain, minus the violence. That’s because it’s just as critical to the survival of small towns as the food chain is to animals. People make a commitment to invest in our communities with their business plans, but they need us to spend our money with them to survive. And we need their businesses to help our towns thrive.

Jerry Jones

GUEST VIEW: A time to silence the bemoaning

To bemoan is a verb that means to lament. As a nation we bemoan taxes, high unemployment and staggering indebtedness. We bemoan what we cannot control like bad weather, gas prices and the common cold. We bemoan the ridiculous like cold toilet seats, empty calories and hard butter.

Bree Town, 9, left, and her father, Chris Town, play together at their home in Greenville Monday morning. Bree, who has acute myeloid leukemia, recently came home in time for Thanksgiving after spending 60 days in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy treatments. — Daily News/Cory Smith

After a trying 6 months, Town family happy to be home for the holidays

A family who has spent the last six months fighting for the life of its youngest and only saw each other when their rotations crossed paths, are thankful to spend the holidays at home — together. The Town family received heartbreaking news on May 1 when Bree Town, 9, of Greenville, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

Former Greenville resident Larry Schofield, right, is pictured here with his siblings (left to right), Jim Schofield, Bruce Schofield, and Cindy Lilly. — Courtesy photo

Former Greenville resident killed by drunken driver in Wyoming

According to his sister, former Greenville resident Larry Schofield, 65, was a good man; a man who loved to hunt, spend time with his three grown children and assist others with his tow truck business. All that ended Nov. 19 when a he was killed along Interstate 90 in Wyoming by a driver police describe as “very intoxicated.”

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 21, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

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New program makes exercise fun for Belding Middle School students

The first 10 minutes of a middle school physical education class, a time set aside for stretching and preparing for activities, are not always the most exciting, but at Belding Middle School students now eagerly wait to see what warm-up routine is coming their way. Consisting of stretching, balancing, running, jumping and other exercises to loosen up one’s muscles, warming up can be considered an annoyance or a chore when a basket of balls is waiting for you on the other side of the gym. But thanks to the Hopsports Mini Training System recently implemented at Belding Middle School, students now start their class by following along with a virtual instructor to as many as 50 different warm-up routines.

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Eureka Township man sent to prison after meth lab explosion

A man who suffered severe burns after his own methamphetamine lab exploded in his car — then went on to create another meth lab — has been sentenced to prison time. Donald Allen III, 31, of Eureka Township, was sentenced Nov. 15 in 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Stanton to from one year and six months to 10 years in prison.