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Last year, more than 28,000 food items were distributed to 18 food pantries throughout Montcalm County during the annual Montcalm Challenge Food Drive. The annual effort to benefit local food pantries is hosting a fundraiser Saturday at the Greenville Optimist Camp. — File photo

Montcalm Challenge Food Drive to host Saturday morning fundraiser

Whether you’re a fitness buff or the sort likely to plow through a morning plate of pancakes (or both), you’ll have the opportunity to do some good for area food pantries beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Greenville Optimist Camp. That’s when the Montcalm Challenge Food Drive will host a fundraiser to benefit 18 pantries county-wide.

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Schneider takes over CC-C boys basketball program

The Carson City-Crystal Eagles boys basketball program will have a new head coach this winter. CC-Crystal graduate and former Alma College basketball player Cory Schneider will take over for Ryan Fritz as the varsity boys basketball head coach.

A Vestaburg player carries the ball during a game last year against Carson City-Crystal.

Vestaburg, Montabella to renew rivalry Friday

Montabella and Vestaburg had different football games on Friday. The Mustangs were dumped by Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart while the Wolverines shut out Ashley.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Sept. 24, 2014

Lakeview 3, Hesperia 1: The Wildcats got their first CSAA-Silver win Wednesday night, beating the Panthers 17-25, 25-9, 25-20, 25-23. Sadie Massie had 18 kills and four aces, Tereza Kralikova had three blocks and four aces, Genevieve Moore had 30 assists and Vaughn Martens had 17 digs…

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 25, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

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THE REVIEW: Cyclones ready for basketball season

To the city of Grand Rapids, the appreciation and enthusiasm for athletics in any form is undeniable. The rich traditions of “Tiger Town,” “Hockey Town” and the many additional aliases of West Michigan’s big brother Detroit, a few hours south have quickly become engrained into the programs that Grand Rapids has been so privileged to welcome over the course of time.

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Mid Michigan Motorplex races helps local Toys for Tots fundraising

For well over a decade, Mary Ledford, of Mid Michigan Motorplex, has been hosting an annual race to help support Montcalm County’s Toys for Tots program. On good years, the effort has raised as much as $2,000; bad years have brought in as little $500. But every race has gone a long way toward brightening the Christmas mornings of the county’s neediest children.

Stanton Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws and City Manager Jake Eckholm discussed several possible municipal improvement ideas with commissioners at Tuesday’s regular City Commission meeting. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton City Commission turns to downtown improvements

New City Manager Jake Eckholm has been busy during his first few weeks on the job and is already formulating plans for various improvements around the town. At Tuesday evening’s meeting of the city commission, he laid out some of those plans.

Greenville’s Dair Smith heads the ball over Wyoming’s Ezequiel Sanchez Lagunas during Tuesday’s O-K Bronze soccer match at Yellow Jacket Stadium.

Wyoming soccer edges Greenville 2-1

The Greenville Yellow Jackets were in attack mode. Unfortunately, Wyoming Wolves goalkeeper Jesse Flores was in defense mode. Flores, a senior, made save after save on Tuesday night as the Wolves held off a late Greenville surge for a 2-1 victory in an O-K Bronze soccer match.

The Greenville Garden Club is celebrating its 85th anniversary today. The group, shown here in a 2002 group photo, puts on monthly programs that focus on four main goals; home gardening, artistic floral design, conservation of the environment and civic beautification. It also maintains several gardens throughout the Greenville community and helps educate those interested in horticulture. — Courtesy photo

Greenville Garden Club marks 85 years of community beautification

When a seed is planted deep into the soil, it roots itself in before growing a stem and eventually blossoming into a living plant. Much like a sprouting plant, the Greenville Garden Club started as just a small pod.