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Montabella’s Charlie Helmer puts up a shot with an Evart defender in his face druing Monday’s game at home. The Mustangs won 47-38.

Papendick leads Mustangs to win

It took a little bit of doing, but thanks to free throws from Jemikal Papendick, the Montabella boys basketball team got a win Monday night.
The Mustangs got by the Evart Wildcats 47-38 in a game that saw a lot of swings.

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SHORT TAKES: The candidates and contempt for civility

Can you believe the depths to which presidential aspirants are willing to sink in order to discredit opponents for the highest office in the land? The negativity of the campaign would be comedic if the stakes weren’t so high. Television campaign ads are running together consecutively, alternating for and against a given candidate in the same string. The next-to-saddest thing about this travesty is that these “approved” messages demonstrate the obvious contempt the candidates have for the civility of the American public.

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Carson City-Crystal Area Schools may have new superintendent by summer

The search has officially begun for the new leader of Carson City-Crystal Area Schools. Bob Swanson retired as CC-C superintendent last August, but remains with the district as a financial consultant. Duane Ellis was hired as interim superintendent after Swanson retired.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 20, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Feb. 20, 2012

Montcalm County Animal Control Officer Angie Sova spends some quality time with Hector, a dog at the shelter. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County dog census to launch in April

Man’s best friend is about to help Montcalm County’s budget situation. The Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee voted last week to start a dog census program again. The census will establish whether dog owners have updated licenses for their dogs.

Woods and Waters | Ed Gilbert

ED GILBERT: National Wild Turkey Federation banquet on deck

Our Flat River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will stage its annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Saturday, March 3. Troy Hopkins, chapter president, says it should be a great event and the chapter is working hard toward what will be a very enjoyable evening. He says ticket sales will be good and the forms are coming in as usual.

Greenville’s Katie Dunham drives the ball toward the basket during Friday’s 39-31 loss to Lowell. — Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville girls basketball struggles in loss to Lowell

Too many turnovers and too many missed shots. That was the story for the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team on Friday in a 39-31 loss to the Lowell Red Arrows.

Belding’s Donte Robinson rolls a practice ball in an earlier match. Robinson shot a 650 at the O-K Blue post-conference tournament Saturday at Hillcrest Lanes.

Belding boys, girls win post-conference bowling tourney

For the second year in a row, Belding has a conference champion in girls bowling. The Redskin girls dominated the rest of the O-K Blue Conference at Hillcrest Lanes Saturday, winning the post-conference tournament with a 2,969 team score. That was over 300 pins more than Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern.

Lakeview’s Jordan Betham, left, seen here staring down Tri County’s Brandon Skeel, won the 152-pound class in the Division 3 individual regional tournament Saturday. — File photo

16 local wrestlers headed to state finals

There are 16 local wrestlers who were good enough to make it into the state individual wrestling tournament. Those 16 will be headed to the Palace of Auburn Hills March 1-2 for the individual finals, trying to bring back a state championship.

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

MAUREEN BURNS: All the Presidents men … and women

That is a quote from Christina Beckman, 20, of Greenville. She introduced President Obama as he spoke recently at the University of Michigan. “This was a dream come true and something I’ll never forget! It’s one of the best days of my life and I’ll be talking about it forever.”