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New ‘turnout gear’ on the way for Greenville public safety firefighters

When this city’s new director of public safety, Mark Reiss, came on board this past summer, one of the first things he noticed was the age and condition of the department’s firefighting “turnout gear.”

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 18, 2013

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Greenville’s Nate Bower moves by a Tri County defender along the baseline during Tuesday’s road game. The Yellow Jackets won 76-37.

Greenville cruises by Tri County for third win

Ultimately, the end result is what counts. The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team didn’t have a great start, but they improved as the game continued and finished strong for its third win in as many games. Greenville’s offense ignited in the third quarter as the Yellow Jackets routed the Tri County Vikings on Tuesday 76-37.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Dec. 17

CC-Crystal 48, Durand 47: The Eagles got two free throws from Grant Gage with 6.4 seconds left to beat the Railroaders on the road Tuesday night. Rhett Pringle led CC-Crystal with 21 points…

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TIME TO BE KIND: Bullying is a community issue

Whether you realize it, you have been a bully, or been a bystander, or been a victim of bullying. Most of us just choose to turn our backs or refuse to believe that what we see is bullying. Instead, especially with boys, it’s often cast off as “boys being boys messing around.” But it’s plain and simple: If you aren’t sticking up for the victim or turning away yourself, you are advocating the bully.

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TIME TO BE KIND: Belding resident leads the push against bullying in schools

Bullying happens everywhere, every day. Nowhere is it more traumatic than in middle schools and high schools across the country. Bullying encompasses making fun of others, spreading rumors, physical intimidation, threatening, excluding certain individuals from activities, forcing some to do things they didn’t want to do and even cyberbullying on the computer.

Audience members applaud a comment spoken out against a proposed Montcalm Alliance millage Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Alliance millage request heads to public hearing

With apologies to Malcolm Rebennack Jr., better known as Dr. John, members of the Montcalm Alliance were “in The Right Place … but it must have been the wrong time …” The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners didn’t vote for or against a millage request from the Montcalm Alliance on Monday, deciding instead to send the proposal to a public hearing next month.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 17, 2013

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TIME TO BE KIND: School bus turned into 4-wheeled cage of terror

Whenever anyone says “bullying,” there’s one very distinct childhood memory that quickly comes to mind— being bullied on the school bus. Being picked on anytime is no picnic, but being bullied on a school bus? It’s the worst.

A student at Carson City-Crystal High School tells a personal story about how he was bullied during an assembly a Making it Cool to Be Kind assembly. — Daily News/Cory Smith

TIME TO BE KIND: Be Cool, Be Kind

This unsettling, dark tale is not a work of fiction, but rather a very real story that was uttered through the broken voice of a male student, tears rolling down his cheeks, at Carson City-Crystal High School during a mid-December assembly. And he wasn’t alone.