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WOODS and WATER: Processors and hunters help stock food pantry freezers

According to a 2013 report released by Kids Count in Michigan, Montcalm County ranks 57 out of 83 counties of children living at or below the poverty level who are eligible for food assistance. With such staggering indicators of families struggling to put food on the table, there are 18 food pantries in the county.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 30, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Michigan’s deer population in Montcalm, Ionia and Kent counties are healthy and hunters should have good success this hunting season, according to Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

WOODS and WATER: Deer hunting outlook is good for upcoming season

Michigan deer hunters across the state and region will have plenty to shoot at this season — this according to John Niewoonder of the Flat River State Game Area Field Office in Belding.

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WOODS and WATER: On the cusp of a feral swine outbreak?

While the wolf population remains a hot debate among Michiganders, there is another species that may be more threatening across the board.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Band Director Chad Parmenter directs the fifth grade band during class Friday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New CC-C band programs expand musical horizons

On the surface, among 20 of her fellow fifth-grade classmates, Hanna Meno was blending in just fine. Sitting in Band Director Chad Parmenter’s classroom Friday, the 10-year-old student and her fellow peers did their best to play through a few musical exercises, making a few mistakes along the way, but giving their very best effort.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 29, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

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ED GILBERT: Many hunting seasons coming, or here

You’ll need to consult the DNR hunting guides for many details, but I think I’ll attempt to give you a little heads-up on a few of the hunting seasons of interest.

Vestaburg junior linebacker Kristian Gostomski (14) tackles Montabella senior running back Zack Taubitz (22) as Taubitz just misses the pylon while reaching to score a touchdown in the second quarter Friday evening  - Daily News/Cory Smith

Montabella cruises in rival matchup with Vestaburg

Montabella has a football team that can light up a scoreboard in a hurry, and Vestaburg found out just how fast during Friday’s Mid-State Activities Conference matchup. A quick-strike offense, combined with Montabella’s stifling defensive effort, led to the Mustangs’ 35-0 homecoming victory over the Wolverines.

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Belding picks up homecoming win vs. Sparta

Despite giving up an early touchdown to the visiting Spartans of Sparta, the young players of the Belding football team showed veteran maturity Friday night as they dominated the middle quarters to earn a 39-16 victory on homecoming night. The win also makes them 1-0 in O-K Blue play.

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Greenville football explodes in second quarter over Wyoming

The Greenville Yellow Jackets are starting to make scoring touchdowns easy. The Yellow Jackets racked up more than 600 total yards, reached the 60-point mark for the second time and scored on six consecutive possessions during one stretch in a dominating 63-28 O-K Bronze opening win at Wyoming on Friday night.