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Pints of donated blood are stored at Michigan Blood, a nonprofit blood bank serving Michigan. Due to harsh winter weather, several blood drives across the state have been cancelled and those that have been held have seen low turnout. The result is blood blanks scrambling to make up for lost donations. — Courtesy photo

Greenville girl among those waiting for blood donations

It’s well known that Montcalm County schools have had a lot of snow days due to the wintery weather the area has experienced, but few are apprised to the affect it has had on blood banks. Michigan Blood, a non profit blood bank, has seen a large amount of its blood drives cancelled because of weather and road conditions. And the drives it has been able to hold this winter, they’ve been poorly attended because donors choose not to brave the conditions.

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Funeral Notices – Feb. 7, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Zero tolerance laws: Do they help or hurt students?

Recently I read an article in The Grand Rapids Press regarding the Michigan laws on expulsion of students more commonly known as the “zero tolerance” discipline policies. These are well intended laws originally passed in the hope that they would make schools safer and more orderly for students and staff. However, after years of use, there are concerns about some unintended consequences. As a board of education member for many years, I can tell you that expelling students is one of the most difficult responsibilities that I fulfill. I rarely sleep well after we have expelled a student, even when I agree that expulsion is the only option we had.

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OUR VIEW: Reform would make a FOIA law even better

Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is one of our state’s most beneficial, common sense laws. For almost four decades now, citizens and journalists alike have been able to stand on near equal footing with public bodies by having the law behind them when requesting public documents.

Randolph Flechsig has more than one year under his belt as administrator of Sheridan Community Hospital. He was hired in September 2012 and has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare field. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Sheridan Community Hospital’s leader looks back at his first year on the job

Randolph Flechsig gets excited talking about rural healthcare like some people get excited talking about their favorite sports team. Flechsig took on administrative duties at Sheridan Community Hospital just over one year ago. He describes the past year as busy and challenging, but in a good way.

Paulina (Hurt) Lawton

Central Montcalm High School friends come together years later to help

Growing up in a small town, ties are made that last a lifetime, ties that transcend time and distance and remain strong over countless years and miles. So it is for Paulina (Hurt) Lawton and Danise Garbow, both of whom graduated from Central Montcalm High School more years ago than either woman cares to admit publicly.

Tri County’s Jayson Veneklasen wrestles against Grant’s Caleb Yates during Wednesday’s district finals. Tri County won 62-8.

Tri County tops Grant for wrestling district title

The Tri County Vikings were familiar with the Grant Tigers. The Lakes 8 Conference members has faced each other plenty this season. So it was a surprise when Tri County cruised through the Division 3 district championship match over rival Grant 62-8. The win was the Vikings second consecutive district title.

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Friday night special for Belding hoop teams

Belding’s basketball teams have a special night planned for Friday when they face Wyoming High in a girl-boy doubleheader. The Redskins have designated Friday night as Armed Forces Night. It will be a night to salute the veterans in the area, according to boys varsity coach Jeff Wierzbicki.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Feb. 5

Central wins district: The Green Hornets picked up their second straight Division 3 district title Wednesday after beating Shepherd 51-23 and Alma 39-33…

Spectators gathered to watch the popular Polar Dip event on Crystal Lake at last year’s Crystal Winter Festival. — File photo

Ideal conditions expected for Crystal Lake Winter Festival

With one of the coldest, snowiest winters in recent memory, those hoping to attend the annual Crystal Lake Winter Festival couldn’t ask for better conditions. This Saturday, the festival will bring residents and visitors together to enjoy the icy conditions of the frozen lake.