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Executive Directors Cheryl Smith and Barb Millard with the winners of Saturday night’s Miss Heartland Pageant. Elizabeth Johnson, of Plymouth was named Miss Heartland 2013 while Greenville’s Alisha Gatchel earned the Miss Heartland Outstanding Teen honors. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Local Miss Heartland participants qualify for Miss Michigan

Four local young women competed in the Miss Heartland Scholarship Pageant Saturday night. Two finished as title holders, providing them an opportunity to return to Muskegon to the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant, or the Miss Michigan Outstanding Teen pageant. Alisha Gatchel, 15, earned the title of Miss Heartland Outstanding Teen, while Brianna Van Houten placed as first runner-up. Both girls are from Greenville.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 11, 2013

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Carson City-Crystal’s Mackenzie Geister drives toward the basket on Sparta’s Francesca Buchanan during Saturday’s game at home.

Carson City-Crystal tops Sparta at home for 14th win

No one will accuse the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team of playing a soft schedule this season. With wins against Class B schools Belding, Tri County and Shepherd already, not to mention league rivals Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart and Montabella, the Eagles faced another quality Class B school in Sparta on Saturday at home.

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Roundup: Prep scores from Saturday, Feb. 9

Montabella qualifies 12: The Mustangs got 12 wrestlers out of their 14 weight classes into the regional round of the Division 4 individual tournament Saturday at Byron…

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Grants help bring Canadian Brass to area

The Greenville Area Community Center has received two contributions to bring one of the biggest performances the Greenville Performing Arts Center has ever hosted. Because of the contributions to the community center, Canadian Brass will be coming to Greenville in September.

Clifford Lake Inn in Stanton is one of a few West Michigan areas where couples can   enjoy a romantic evening. The historic inn offers a warming setting with a fireplace, soft lighting, delicious food and a scenic view of Clifford Lake.

YOUNG AT HEART: Local places to keep love alive after 50

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many folks are thinking about ways to keep the spark fired up in the old furnace. After all, even the best relationship, given enough time, can benefit from a little boost of romance.

Attending West Michigan Collision’s (WMC) ribbon-cutting ceremony were, from left, Brad Arntz of Parker-Arntz Plumbing and heating; WMC Manager John Purchase; Gary Brewer of Firefighters Equipment; Aaron McConnell of Morton Buildings; Rockford Mayor Brien Dews; David Seppala of Isabella Bank; Scott Taylor of PPG Industries; WMC co-owner Rick Ross; Tim Heys of Painters Supply; WMC co-owner John Ross; William Irvine of PPG Industries; Keith Wilkerson of Painters Supply; Al Rinckey of A&T Soft Water; Randy Baker of West Michigan Insurance; and WMC office manager Elizabeth Ross.

West Michigan Collision celebrates grand opening

Rockford Mayor Brien Dews and several local businesses helped celebrate the grand opening of the new auto repair business West Michigan Collision this week.

Assistant manager Kinsey Christensen of Greenville stands next to a display of dresses that represent some of the colorful designs that can be purchased at Rainbow in Greenville.

Rainbow clothing store opens in Greenville

Reasonable prices and a variety of colorful fashions await shoppers in the newest clothing store in town. Rainbow, located at 300 S. Greenville West Drive, fills the vacancy left by Fashion Bug in the shopping complex.

Students in Cari Scholtens’ class at Lakeview High School have been very vocal in their opposition to oil companies’ practice of “fracking.” After writing letters to state and federal representatives, the students received many replies, including one from President Barack Obama. Pictured here are, back row, left to right, Mia McCrumb, Ashton Cooper, Mitchell Englund and teacher Cari Scholtens and, in front, Katie Johnson. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Obama, other politicians, reply to Lakeview High School student letters

If you’ve got a problem with the government, sometimes it’s best to go straight to the top. That was the thinking behind Lakeview High School eighth-grade student Mitchell Englund’s recent letter to President Obama. In that letter, Mitchell urged the president to do whatever he could to put a halt to “fracking,” the process by which chemicals are pumped under pressure into the earth with the intent of breaking up shale to gain access to natural gas reserves. That controversial process has been carried out extensively in states like Pennsylvania, sometimes with disastrous results, according to many environmentalists.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 9, 2013

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