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SPORTS GALORE: The Olympics in Detroit?

The 2012 London Summer Olympic Games officially get underway tonight in England with the spectacular opening ceremony. This will be the third time London has hosted the Summer Olympics. They also hosted in 1908 and 1948. London was selected to host the 1944 games, but the games were canceled due to World War II.

Carson City-Crystal football coach Jason Gray brings his team out to the football field during a game last season. The Eagles open up the 2012 season on Aug. 24 at Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary.

CC-Crystal prepares for switch to MSAC

Jason Gray is entering his third season as head coach of the Carson City-Crystal football program. He continues to develop and promote success both on and off the football field. The Eagles went 1-8 a year ago, its final season in the Central Michigan Athletic Conference (CMAC), but had a level of success not defined by their record.

Greenville graduate Jordan Powell, left, carries the ball down the sideline for the Yellow Jackets last year. Powell will play football at Adrian College this fall.

Greenville grad ready for football at Adrian

It was always a dream for Greenville High School graduate Jordan Powell to play college football. This past spring his dream became a reality when he signed to play at Adrian College (southwest of Ann Arbor).

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Central Montcalm schools organize for school year

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education conducted an organizational meeting Wednesday to determine a roster of officials, then jumped into official business by discussing parking lot repairs and Schools of Choice options. The 25-minute organizational meeting saw Doug Bowen re-elected president, Bill Simpson vice-president, Roxanne Switzer secretary and Mike Barnwell treasurer through January when new members will be chosen following the results of November’s election.

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OUR VIEW: Ionia County primary recommendations

A young Ionia County commissioner is challenging the current Ionia County clerk for her position in the Aug. 7 primary election. James Lower, 23, of Ronald Township, is facing off against Tonda Rich, 41, of Belding, Orleans Township. Both candidates are Republicans.

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Howard City couple pleads guilty to credit card theft, fraud

A Howard City husband and wife pleaded guilty to fraud charges Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court. Nikolaus Warren, 21, and Marcia Warren, 20, were originally charged with 10 felony counts each involving the theft and use of a financial transaction device. The Warrens each pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of financial transaction device — stealing/retaining without consent (a possible four-year felony) and one count of financial transaction device — illegal sale or use (a possible four-year felony).

"My handsome, brilliant, enchanting and miraculous son had pushed a sweet little boy on cement and given him a huge bruise. I felt sick to my stomach. I looked at my son with new consciousness. Who was this little fiend?"

SHE: The end of virtuousness

I am willing to admit that my son is not perfect. He enjoys chasing our miniature daschund, throwing water outside the bathtub and running through the backyard nude. But those are innocent things. Those are the memories that will keep me warm when he is a teen and telling me he hates me. Or when we plods home from college with a sparkling 1.257 GPA.

2011 Danish Festival Queen Audrey Frank

SHE: Danish Queen Audrey Frank has touch of class all her own

Miss Danish Festival reveals the secrets to her quirky and eclectic sense of style One of the four points on the Miss America crown is for style. Reigning Danish Festival Queen Audrey Frank has a style all her own and can be just as thrifty as she is majestic. For her run at the Miss [...]

Angela Dykes of Greenville, who is instructing a new form of yoga, called Laughter Yoga.

SHE: Laughter is truly the best medicine

Laughter Yoga is a relatively new practice developed by Indian medical physician Madan Kataria, who was seeking a way to help his patients who were sick and depressed about being sick.

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Ionia County funeral home employee charged with racketeering, embezzlement

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Ionia County Undersheriff Dale Miller today announced the Attorney General’s Criminal Division has charged a Portland man for allegedly embezzling nearly $500,000 from customers and insurance companies doing business with Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home in Ionia from 2008 through 2011. The charges result from an investigation conducted by the Ionia County Sheriff’s Department, after a complaint was filed by the funeral home’s owner.