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MAUREEN BURNS: Sharing some silliness and snickers

I read the whole Harry Potter series and saw the movies. Many of you did too, I’m sure. I felt I had to do it because I needed to stay current. So, when I read a quote by Ellen Degeneres last week, it made me laugh out loud and want to share it with others. Ellen said, “I can’t believe this is the last Harry Potter movie. It’s the end of an era. Who knows, maybe someone will turn it into a book.” That kind of humor that comes out of nowhere and is just darn silly – well, it’s golden. We all need it and we need to share it when we hear it.

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JULIE STAFFORD: Single parents: How do they do it?

I stand in awe of single moms who successfully juggle jobs and family. And I’m trying to figure out how they do it. Since my son was born 14 years ago, I’ve been lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom. Sure, I always had a freelance writing job or two perking, but those could be done any time of day. And my schedule was open for school drop-off and pick-up, last minute doctor appointments, sporting events, and play dates.

Greenville Department of Public Safety Officer Casey Huber pulled a 65-year-old man to safety from a second-floor bedroom window of this home at 313 E. Cass St. Huber, with the assistance of part-paid fireman Tom Miller, was able to bring the man down from the second-floor roof. — Daily News/Darrin Clark

Greenville officers save man trapped in burning house

Officers from the Greenville Department of Public Safety saved a man trapped in his own burning home early this morning. GDPS officers responded to a reported fire at 313 E. Cass St. at 5:55 a.m. Upon arrival, Public Safety Officers Casey Huber and Eric Hoig observed light smoke coming from the roof area. Huber made contact with an 83-year-old female occupant in the residence and learned that a 65-year-old man was upstairs in the home.

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School board members honored this month

January is School Board Recognition Month. The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) is joining 552 local and 57 intermediate school districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their untiring dedication to public education. “Serving on a school board has been described as the toughest volunteer job in America,” said MAISD Superintendent [...]

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Montcalm County medical examiner investigator facing jail time

STANTON — A medical examiner investigator for Montcalm County pleaded guilty Thursday to using a county credit/debit card for personal use. Jason Danford, 38, of Sheridan, entered his plea in 8th Judicial Circuit Court to stealing or retaining a financial transaction device without consent. The conviction is a possible four-year felony, but Danford likely will [...]

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Final plans for MCC expansion expected later this month

Montcalm Community College (MCC) President Bob Ferrentino expects to see classes in the expanded Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) in Greenville a year from now. But first, the college, Greenville Public Schools, city of Greenville and state of Michigan need to agree on a site plan to develop the college’s property on Hillcrest Street and possibly extend Yellow Jacket Drive to intersect with Hillcrest.

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Many people in this country are literally eating themselves to death. Today’s obesity epidemic puts adults and children at risk to develop many life-threatening conditions, which can place financial burden on the state’s medical care system. “Michigan is one of the fattest states in the nation,” said Angela Minicuci, Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) [...]

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Julie Kohn, Caitlin Ingraham are new owners of Artistic Attitudes in Belding

By The Daily News BELDING — Julie Kohn and Caitlin Ingraham are the new owners of Artistic Attitudes beauty salon. The mother-daughter duo took over ownership Jan. 1, purchasing the business from Amber Rood, who operated the salon for almost four years. Kohn has more than 20 years of cosmetology experience. Ingraham, 20, is attending [...]

Mary Kay consultant Shelly Smith, from Lakeview, stands with her family in front of her new pink Cadillac SRX from Tinney Automotive in Greenville. She earned the vehicle through her success and dedication with Mary Kay. Pictured are, from left, Chris, Lillian, Shelly and Robert Smith.

Lakeview’s Shelly Smith earns pink Cadillac from Mary Kay

In honor of her business achievements, Shelly Smith of Lakeview has earned the use of the exclusive Mary Kay pink Cadillac, an iconic symbol of success and, the most coveted incentive awarded by Mary Kay.

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Clifford Lake Inn unveils paranormal findings tonight

By The Daily News STANTON — Two investigation groups will reveal their findings of possible paranormal activity at Clifford Lake Inn during a special “Haunting Unveiling” event at the historic inn at 7 p.m. tonight. Mid-Michigan Paranormal Investigators from Mount Pleasant and Montcalm Community College’s paranormal investigation club will each present their findings of possible [...]