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The Fellowship Baptist Academy boys basketball team poses with the Michigan Association of Christian Schools sttae title trophy.

Fellowship Baptist boys win another MACS title

For the seventh time in the career of coach Kevin McAlvey, Fellowship Baptist Academy’s boys basketball team has won a Michigan Association of Christian Schools state title. The Falcons were winners March 2 when they beat Springfield Christian 62-47 in Clarkston.

Carson City-Crystal’s Mitch Schneider looks to make a pass with defensive pressure from Laingsburg’s Ben Patrick during Friday’s Class C district finals at home. Laingsburg won 53-38.

Laingsburg ends CC-Crystal’s season in district finals

Laingsburg senior Shaun McKinney got hot at the right time. McKinney scored 10 consecutive Wolfpack points in what turned out to be a game deciding 14-2 run in the second quarter of the Class C district final at Carson City-Crystal on Friday.

Sean Bylsma

Man avoids more serious charges after allegedly letting his 4-year-old son steer truck into tree

A Comstock Park man is avoiding more serious charges in Montcalm County after allegedly letting his 4-year-old son drive a vehicle through a field and crash into a tree while the man was drunk. Sean Bylsma, 34, is being charged with fourth-degree fleeing a police officer and assaulting or resisting or obstructing a police officer, both felonies with possible two-year prison sentences, and open alcohol in a motor vehicle and operating while license suspended, both misdemeanors.


Funeral Notices for March 9, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, March 9, 2013.


More shared services is aim for intermediate school districts

Two local intermediate school districts (ISDs) are looking to expand services to better serve students.
The Montcalm Area ISD (MAISD) and Ionia County ISD (ICISD) are creating more formal processes to identify areas where the district can share services in the future.

Veronica Haring

Palo bomb threat culprit sentenced

A 38-year-old Ronald Township woman was sentenced Tuesday involving the bomb threat to Palo Elementary School on Nov. 28.
Veronica Lynn Haring was sentenced in Ionia Circuit Court Tuesday on one count of a false report of threat of a bomb/harmful device and once count probation violation.

Greenville junior Leah Somerfield goes up for a shot during the Class A district semifinals last week. Somerfield was named first team O-K Bronze.

Three Yellow Jackets earn O-K Bronze honors

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team had one of its most successful seasons in school history this year. Greenville finished the season 18-5 overall with a loss in the district finals, but along the way won the school’s first conference title since 1990.

Carson City-Crystal’s Brann Schmitt elevates over a defender earlier this season. The Eagles will face Laingsburg in a Class C district final tonight at Pewamo-Westphalia.

CC-Crystal boys ready for district final

Carson City-Crystal’s boys basketball team knows a little something about its opponent tonight. The Eagles have faced the Laingsburg Wolfpack before, specifically last season when both teams were in the Central Michigan Athletic Conference.


OUR VIEW: Leave our resources to scientists, not politicians

The Michigan Senate on Tuesday quietly approved Senate Bill 78, a bill that slaps handcuffs on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ ability to manage its Biodiversity Stewardship Areas (BSAs) and Living Legacy Programs. SB 78 removes DNR authority to section off and create biodiversity areas on state or private land. Authority for such action shifts to the Legislature. The Michigan Environmental Council strongly opposes the bill.

Longtime Grand Rapids Press columnist and author Tom Rademacher, left, attended his sister-in-law Doreen Rickert Rademacher’s book signing Wednesday afternoon at Epic Coffee House in Rockford. He is seen here conversing with Kelly Finger McNeela, whose life with MS is the topic of the book. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Local MS sufferer’s story an inspirational read

There’s just something about Kelly Finger McNeela that draws people to her. Maybe it’s her positive attitude, maintained in the face of decades of severe multiple sclerosis (MS). Maybe it’s the way she remembers your name, the names of your kids, the topic of a conversation shared weeks earlier. Whatever that elusive “something” is, it piqued the interest of local author Doreen Rickert Rademacher back when both women had children attending Belmont Elementary School.