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SHORT TAKES: It’s about time to take the plunge

Is your skin feeling dry and itchy from too much confinement indoors from the inordinate winterizing we’re enduring this year? Why not fight back, go wild, and step up to this winter’s Polar Plunge challenge. It’s at Turk Lake this year, at 3 p.m. on Feb. 8. The Turk Lake Tavern and Bar will be hosting the event to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

Smyrna Bible Church Pastor Mike Jones, back left, is pictured last summer with his family, from left; back row, Telson and Blessing; middle row, Azariah, Aletheia, Talitha and wife Tina; and in front Isabella. Mike Jones died suddenly Sunday at his home at age 46. — Courtesy photo

Community mourns death of Belding pastor

The final slide of what would have been Pastor Mike Jones’ sermon Sunday morning asked his congregation one question: “What does my faith tell the world?”

John Vogl, 42, of Greenville, is charged with operating or maintaining a meth lab in Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Greenville meth lab suspects face felony charges

Two “broke” individuals were arraigned Tuesday afternoon for their alleged roles in a methamphetamine laboratory and standoff with multiple police agencies Sunday. John Vogl II, 42, of Greenville, and Cassaundra Kidder, 22, of Wayland, are each charged with operating or maintaining a lab involving meth, a felony with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 22, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Students, from left, Xavier Stanford, Madi Durdle and Jacon Guild dissect one of the many pig lungs on display for Baldwin Heights Elementary fifth graders Monday. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Baldwin Heights students get hands-on experience with dissection exercise

It doesn’t get any more hands-on than a student with a pair of surgical gloves, a scalpel and a pig lung. As part of their study of the human body and its organs, fifth-graders at Baldwin Heights Elementary School in Greenville dissected pig lungs and hearts Monday afternoon to get a glimpse at something similar to their own organs.

Former Michigan linebacker Obi Ezeh speaks about football and life at Montcalm Community College Monday.

Former U-M linebacker talks life, football at MCC

A former running back turned linebacker for the University of Michigan related his experiences playing for the Wolverines at Montcalm Community College Monday to crowd of about 50 people. Obi Ezeh, who played for Michigan from 2007-2010, was the guest speaker at an event that was part of a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Ezeh spoke about how his experiences with the Wolverines related to life.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Monday, Jan. 20

Lowell 73, Belding 55: The Redskins fell in a Monday night nonleague contest against the Red Arrows. Lowell outscored the Redskins 36-17 over the middle two quarters to set the tone…

Lakeview’s Nolan Saxton goes for a pin during his semifinal match on Saturday at the Lakeview Invitational. Saxton went on to win the match and the 112-pound championship.

Tri County takes second place at Lakeview Invitational

Four area teams participated in Saturday’s individual wrestling format Lakeview Invitational. The Tri County Vikings placed second out of 15 teams with 157.5 points. Behind tournament winner Mason County Central’s 172.


CMU’s Johnson scores 1,000th point

Finally, Taylor Johnson can concentrate on team basketball. The Central Michigan senior and 2010 graduate of Belding High School scored her 1,000th career point Saturday when the Chippewas beat Bowling Green in overtime 82-79.

Several signs marking the closing of Whites Bridge Road at the former Whites Covered Bridge are posted during the four-mile stretch of road from Smyrna to the crossing. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Friends Rebuilding Whites Bridge Board optimistic bridge will be rebuilt

The mission to rebuild the historic Whites Covered Bridge is one that will undoubtably take time, effort and money that will go well beyond the foreseeable future. But for those who are leading the charge to see a crossing again connect the banks of the Flat River across Whites Bridge Road, there is no lack of passion to accomplish the feat.