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Charity ball raises more than $120,000

In it’s 10th year, the annual “Many Hearts One Mission” charity ball and auction at Frederik Meijer Gardens kicked off with a goal to raise more than $100,000 in funds to support the Heart & Vascular Center at Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville. By the end of Saturday night’s live and silent auctions, that goal was surpassed as more than $120,000 was raised through the charity auctions.

Some of the participants, such as this flock of ducks, worked together to raise funding and then also jumped together at Saturday’s Polar Plunge. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Brave souls take Polar Plunge at Clifford Lake for Special Olympics

It was the coldest day so far this winter, but it didn’t stop participants from helping raise money for Special Olympics. The fourth annual Polar Plunge at Clifford Lake was one of 24 scheduled around the state the next few months to help raise funds for year-round sports training and athletic competitions for more than 18,600 children and adults with disabilities.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 13, 2012

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Belding's Jesse Scheidel goes for a pin during a match this season.

Redskins defeated in district semis

The Comstock Park Panthers have a strangle hold on district wrestling championships.
The Panthers defeated the Belding Redksins on Wednesday night 35-33 in the semifinals and then topped GR Catholic Central 36-27 to win their fourth straight district title.

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

MAUREEN BURNS: Chocolate lessons

Do you remember the day someone came out and said to the world, “Chocolate is good for you!”? Did you throw yourself on your knees, look up to the sky and say, “Thank you, Jesus!”? Neither did I … but I wanted to … I think I did in my mind. Valentine’s Day is upon us. Lent is still at bay. This is our window. We can eat chocolate guilt-free. Unless, of course, you’re one of those really weird folks who don’t like chocolate. I met one once. I couldn’t relate. I mean, really. That’s like not liking dogs. It might be a sin. I don’t know.

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OUR VIEW: Efficient education is key in Michigan

As Americans adjust to a challenging world economy, two undeniably major players have emerged to command the attention of the general public: the purveyors of health services and education. The ever-expanding facilities of both industries make it apparent that we want to have healthy, learning communities. The global challenge has made us all realize that eventually, good health and continuing education is what will enable us to achieve lifestyles equal to or better than in the past.

Dr. James Brown  plays several instruments including the violin and electric bass guitar. He began playing the stand-up bass a year and a half ago.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC instructor’s musical talents displayed for Valentine’s dance

By day, people know him as Dr. James Brown, an information systems instructor who teaches computer classes at Montcalm Community College (MCC). By night, “Doc,” as fans call him, takes the stage as a stand-up bass player in the rockabilly music trio The ChupaCobras, entertaining people throughout the greater Grand Rapids area with the band’s unique rhythm-driven rock music. On Friday, Feb. 17, Brown and his band will perform at the MCC Valentine’s dance in front of faculty and friends, an opportunity Brown says may be “a real surprise” to those who only know him as an instructor at the college.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 11, 2012

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VIDEO: Yellow Jackets clinch league title with win

It was “Hunt for a Cure” night in Greenville. It was also hunt for a championship night as well. Both were a success by far.

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Man arrested for armed robbery of Greenville’s Huntington Bank

A man is in custody for the alleged armed robbery of the Huntington Bank in Greenville last November. FBI Agent John King confirmed that Reuben Olson III, 22, was in custody for the crime. Olson has not yet been arraigned. “The arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation between the FBI, the Greenville Department of Public Safety and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office,” said King from his Grand Rapids office.