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The Central Montcalm junior varsity team works on defensive drills during Tuesday’s practice. The varsity and junior varsity rotated segments.

Central Montcalm picks up the speed with scrimmage on the schedule

The Centralm Montcalm Green Hornets spent the morning on Tuesday pounding away at each other in live game situations. After today, the Hornets are nine days away from opening up the 2012 regular season and just one day away from their final scrimmage of the preseason.


Man remains in critical condition after tree fell on vehicle

Nick Lober, who was injured after a large branch fell on his vehicle Friday, is listed in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon, according to administration at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Lober was traveling northbound on Lincoln Lake Road just south of 14 Mile Road in Oakfield Township when a tree branch fell onto his black Toyota Tundra just before 5 p.m. Friday.


Central opens with tough football schedule

The Central Montcalm Green Hornets will be trying to get back to the football playoffs after missing out a year ago by one victory. They will do so with a tough opening stretch that features Chippewa Hills, Big Rapids and Morley Stanwood in the first four weeks.

The Phillips family lost their home Friday afternoon at 2545 N. Johnson Road in the Trufant area.

Trufant family loses everything in house fire

The Phillips family was just beginning to enjoy a weekend trip to Kalamazoo when Nicole Phillips received a phone call that no one ever wants or expects to receive. At about 2 p.m. Friday, neighbors spotted smoke coming from the Phillips home at 2545 N. Johnson Road in the Trufant area. Within minutes, flames were shooting through the windows shortly after the Lakeview District Fire Department arrived on scene.

The exterior of The Healing Center in downtown Lakeview reflects the business’ overall philosophy of natural health through a treatment of mind, body and spirit. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

The Healing Center in Lakeview treats mind, body and spirit

When Bob Huttinga began his career in the medical field back in 1976, his practice was fairly traditional. As a certified physician assistant working in Lakeview, Bob examined patients, dispensed prescriptions and performed all the duties common to a typical medical practice. It wasn’t until years later, when he began to experience stress related to his work in the occupational health field that Bob first began to consider the advantages of alternative medicine. A relaxation class and study of the Silva Method of Mind Development of Stress Control gave him the tools to eliminate his stress-related health issues.


MEETING IN BRIEF: Crystal Township

Read minutes from the Aug. 8 Crystal Township Board meeting.

Firefighters and emergency personnel respond on the scene of a personal injury accident Tuesday morning on M-66 south of Sessions Road. — Cory Smith/Daily News

Sheridan man injured after truck strikes tree

A Sheridan-area man was injured and transported to an area hospital after his truck veered off the road and struck a tree this morning. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an accident at M-66 south of Sessions Road at 10:58 a.m. after a blue Dodge Dakota pickup truck, driven by a man from the Sheridan area, struck a tree off of the southbound shoulder of the road.


Montcalm County Board of Commissioners may take over address appeals

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is considering taking over the Address Appeals Hearing Board. The Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee voted Monday to recommend to the full board that the committee begin serving as the Appeals Hearing Board. The full board will meet Aug. 27 to discuss and vote on the recommendation.

Belding football coach Joe Schwander, right, works on quarterback fundamentals with Belding varsity player Kole Hart, middle, and a junior varsity quarterback during a practice last week.

Belding coach has QB experience to pass on

Belding football coach Joe Schwander knows a lot about the quarterback position. Schwander — a Rockford graduate — played quarterback for Tri-State University (2002-2003) before transferring and finishing his collegiate career at Hope College (2004-2005).


Greenville power outage leads to discharge of untreated sewage

Untreated sewage discharged from the Greenville Wastewater Treatment Plant on Friday after a fallen tree took out the main power lines. According to a press release, the sewage came from a manhole located on the grounds and released 330,000 gallons of the sewage.