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Central Montcalm pitcher Saydee Rowland covers home and puts the tag on Vestaburg’s Akisha Benavidez to complete a rundown at home plate during game one of Monday’s doubleheader. Vestaburg won both games.

Vestaburg softball team stays unbeaten, sweeps Central Montcalm

The Vestaburg Wolverines softball team is undefeated for a reason. The Wolverines are a talented, hard hitting team with great pitching and defense. They displayed their talent during a 17-2 and 8-1 doubleheader sweep over the Central Montcalm Green Hornets on Monday night.

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Mustangs split with Coleman

The Montabella Mustangs softball team started slow and finished strong against the Coleman Comets on Monday night. The Mustangs were mercied in game one 12-1 in five innings and won the second game 6-4 in Mid-State Activities Conference play.

Firefighters look over the area to make sure all the fire has been extinguished. Daily  News/Kelli Ameling

Ember from a stove to blame for Evergreen Township fire

Only minor damage to a trailer was left after a nearby wooded area caught fire Monday evening. Stanton Community Fire Department responded to a structure fire just at 7 p.m., Monday.

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SHORT TAKES: Paepke an example of ‘the greatest generation’

Last week marked the passing of one of Montcalm County’s most devoted citizens. County Commissioner Carl Paepke, 86, died Wednesday. He was a real-life example of a public servant. Paepke was a World War II veteran, when he earned a Bronze Star while serving in Europe.

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Depression: A cry for help that you should answer

By Sue Ellen Pabst Transitions Counseling Services “Snap out of it.” “Get busy.” “Quit feeling sorry for yourself.” “A lot of people are worse off than you.”  Depression sufferers often hear such messages and occasionally even apply them to themselves. When they can’t get motivated, their depression thickens. All of us will experience depression at [...]

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S.H.E.: Makeovers are relaxing experiences

Getting spoiled and taking time to relax is what Candice Smith was looking forward to after winning a makeover drawing at the Taste of Home Cooking School event in Greenville last month. While attending the event with her sister, Smith signed up to receive a new subscription for The Daily News, which entered her into a drawing to win a makeover package from Thomas and Company hair salon in Greenville.

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

MAUREEN BURNS: The clean car club

I can divide my friends into two groups — those with clean cars and those with cars like mine. You know who you are and which group you fall into. It is always harder for me to relate to the members of the clean car club. However, I can always relate to members of the clean plate club, but I know that totally doesn’t relate to this column.

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OUR VIEW: Election season is just around the corner

Are you ready for this? We are about to embark on the most intense, likely insufferable, and yet important election that this state and country has seen in years. What happens in Michigan this fall will shape our lives in ways that could and may well be exceeded only by the results of the presidential and congressional contests.

Emma Simpson, 4, of Stanton, shows no fear of the diving board, or the water at the Montcalm Community College pool, which was open for Saturday’s annual Family Fun Day and Early Childhood Expo. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Family Fun Day staged at Montcalm Community College

Raising kids can be a challenge under the best of circumstances. When money’s short, help is unavailable or the child has special needs, things become even more challenging. In the Greenville area, there are many organizations anxious to offer a helping hand, but too often parents are unaware of their existence. To help remedy this situation, on Saturday the We Care for Kids Council held its annual Family Fun Day and Early Childhood Expo at Montcalm Community College’s Activities Building in Sidney.

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Funeral Notices for April 23, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, April 23, 2012