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New Greenville soccer fields to debut this spring

They may be blanketed in snow now, but come spring the newly constructed soccer fields behind Greenville Community Church will be covered by the footsteps of dozens of young soccer players.

Room at the top. TYoung sledders prepare to race down the hill across the street from the Flat River Community Library. The event drew about 20 area children for a day of cold winter fun along with arts and crafts, stories, and lots of hot cocoa inside.

Kids enjoy sledding, hot cocoa at Flat River Community Library

Apparently, there is no cold that is too cold for area youngsters when it comes to sledding. As long as there’s hot cocoa waiting inside, a little slope time — even with temperatures plummeting below zero — is a great wrap to Christmas vacation.

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Funeral Notices — Saturday, January 4, 2014

Funeral notices for Saturday, January 4, 2014

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Dog saves teenage girl from Howard City house fire

Russell Chilson didn’t want the dog in the first place. The family dog had died and Russell was content with the absence of a pet. But his teenage daughter Erin felt otherwise. She pleaded with her father and they ended up at Mecosta County Animal Rescue in Big Rapids. The high-strung German shepherd mix puppy wasn’t Russell’s first pick. His first pick was walking out the door with a new owner when Russell arrived at the animal rescue. But the puppy stole Erin’s heart. Russell forked over $25 and they took the puppy home. They named her London. One year later, London saved Erin’s life.

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Emergency officials help deliver baby at Howard City home

Local emergency officials helped deliver a baby last Saturday afternoon at a Howard City home. An ambulance and Rescue 29 unit responded to a report of a pregnant woman with back pain at 1:21 p.m. Soon after officials arrived, they realized the 19-year-old woman was actually in labor.

Belding’s Kole Hart, left, shoots over Grand Rapids West Catholic’s Bryce Witham (42) and Christian Rogalski (23) during the teams’ game Dec. 28. — File photo

Belding boys basketball team ready to play Cedar Springs

Belding’s boys basketball team has had a week to think about what went wrong in their last game. The Redskins lost to Grand Rapids West Catholic Saturday 58-37. Since then Belding has been trying to repair the damage in time for today’s game against Cedar Springs.

Central Montcalm’s Savannah Case, middle, tries to force her way between two Carson City-Crystal players during their game Dec. 3. — File photo

Central Montcalm’s Case gives verbal commitment to play basketball at Lake Michigan College

Savannah Case has got one big decision taken care of: where she wants to play college basketball.

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Funeral Notices – Jan. 3, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.

Dr. Parut Bhimalli of Carson Health, right, performs a cooled radio-frequency lesioning procedure on a patient in December. The procedure is performed to reduce knee pain without surgery.

Carson Health using new knee therapy procedure … without surgery

A new therapy technique designed to ease knee pain without surgery is now being performed at Carson City Hospital. The new procedure, which implements cooled radio-frequency lesioning and has been used to ease back pain for many years, has only recently begun being used to do the same in regards to pain in the knee.

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Kids Count abuse report shows troubling stats for Ionia, Montcalm counties

A 2013 Kids Count report that measures child-well being based on a variety of factors shows Montcalm County ranks toward the bottom in the state in the number of children living in families investigated for abuse and neglect.