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The deer stumps in January

It wasn’t deer season. Rather it was a crisp January morning as I stepped out the cabin door and started walking up one of the local deer trails toward one of my favorite hunting spots.
An evening snowfall had made the trail a little difficult to maintain, as the snow clung to the overhead brush and trees, while occasionally falling to the ground around me as I moved slowly through the woods.

Students who were selected from each grade level stood around the final designs for the cafeteria and student common area. Students include (from left to right) senior Kayleen Sorensen, junior O’Malley Bosanic, senior Peter Lindenman, sophomore Hailey MacMillen, junior Caleb Wolfe, freshman Anne Hilt and sophomore A.J. Ebels. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville students help work on designs for cafeteria and common area

Students at Greenville High School did more than just pick out color schemes for a new cafeteria and common area. They helped design the entire project. “They have given much input, and their perspective has been valuable,” Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines said.

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Former area coach Warren Kent Jr. named assistant baseball coach of the year

A former high school baseball coach in the area was given an assistant coach of the year honor last month. Warren Kent Jr., who had head coaching stints at Greenville, Montabella and Vestaburg, was named the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association assistant coach of the year Jan. 14.

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Montabella wrestlers first in CMAC

Montabella’s wrestling team has won a second conference championship in four years. The Mustangs scored 253 points, which was 10 ahead of Dansville for their first Central Michigan Athletic Conference title since 2009. Carson City-Crystal finished third.

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Lakeview wrestlers third, Central Montcalm fifth at CSAA

For the first time since 1974, Hesperia’s wrestling team didn’t win a conference championship. Instead the Panthers finished second to Chippewa Hills at the Central State Activities Association meet Saturday. Lakeview finished third, Reed City was fourth and Central Montcalm was fifth. The Wildcats had two conference champions at the meet.

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Kids Count report calls poverty a threat to children’s health in Montcalm County

When looking at Michigan’s long economic struggles, the evidence of the impact on children continues to add up year to year. Reflected in the new Kids Count Data Book, recently released by the Michigan League for Human Services and Michigan’s Children in Lansing, are growing statistics concerning poverty, abuse and neglect.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 6, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Feb. 6, 2012

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4-year-old boy injured in Pierson Township car accident

PIERSON TOWNSHIP — A four-year-old boy is in stable condition at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids after the child was transported by AeroMed with serious injuries sustained in a weekend accident. Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies responded at 10:11 a.m. Saturday after a northbound Chrysler Town and Country minivan, driven by 35-year-old Michael Hallman [...]

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

MAUREEN BURNS: And the award goes to …

Talking to my friend, Tom Long, today, he told me he liked my column last week, but. Whenever there’s a “but,” you know that’s not going to be good. His but was, “You are too nice. You gotta get an edge. Start complaining.” So here goes.

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Central rips Hesperia in ‘total team effort’

Central Montcalm’s girls basketball team was able to take advantage of an overmatched opponent Friday night.
The Green Hornets pounded the Hesperia Panthers 72-12 in a Central State Activities Association game, giving up only six field goals all game to the winless visitors.