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Greenville junior Michael Schmidt wrestles his opponent from Lowell during a match last year. Schmidt begins the season ranked No. 3 in Division 2 at 103 pounds by michigangrappler.com.

11 area wrestlers begin season ranked in top 10

The 2011-2012 high school wrestling season begins on Wednesday. The sport of wrestling is different than most in the fact wrestlers get a chance to compete as individuals as well as teammates.

Not only do teams compete for tournament, district, regional and state championships, but individuals do the same. Michigangrappler.com — a leading wrestling website — has released its preseason rankings and it is filled with 11 area wrestlers.

Bobbie Kieff, right, shows Becky Berens items used in meetings to discuss food options. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Because of a grant, diabetic Greenville woman turns her life around

One local woman is getting help to change her life around because of a grant the Greenville Area Community Foundation received. Becky Berens of Greenville was diagnosed as a diabetic seven years ago. She was told about the diabetes at the time, but was suffering from other health issues and did not pay attention to it.
“It went out the window,” Berens said. “It didn’t really hit me.”

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JIM STOCKTON: The epic of turkey noir

This essay isn’t really about turkeys, except furtively and indirectly. I just needed a clever title. The “noir” part, elusively described as “eerily dismal,” neatly captures our current state of awareness. French in origin, it found its way into movies which present life as seen after you’ve been rapped on the noggin.

Brandyn Ciganik routinely has insulin manually injected into his system through a pump because his body no longer is capable of producing its own. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Stanton mom concerned about son’s diabetic care at school

Nicole Ciganik alleges she had to pull her diabetic 10-year-old son from school to make sure he would receive the proper medical attention there. School officials say they were looking out for the health and safety of all students by barring Brandyn Ciganik from testing his blood sugar level in class.

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Appraisal process to start in Fred Meijer River Valley Trail lawsuit

The process of appraising properties involved in a federal lawsuit over the Fred Meijer River Valley Trail is under way. The U.S. Department of Justice Natural Resources Section and Missouri attorney Mark “Thor” Hearne, who is representing landowners along the trail, agreed to a schedule Wednesday for appointing an appraiser.

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Healthy Montcalm identifies community health priorities

Access to health care, obesity and substance abuse are just a few of the health concerns identified in a countywide survey conducted by Healthy Montcalm. The initiative is dedicated to improving the health of Montcalm County residents. The survey results are currently being reviewed by Healthy Montcalm’s advisory committee, a group of more than 40 county organizations focused on determining health priorities — those specific areas of need that can be addressed through a plan of action.

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Wildcats looking to increase win total

LAKEVIEW — The Lakeview Wildcats were a young team last year. That means the seven returning players this year got plenty of experience a year ago.

This year the Wildcats will be looking to increase their win total after a 5-16 season. They will have to do it without leader scorer and rebounder Brandon Arntz who graduated.

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Huskies exploring move to MSAC

BRECKENRIDGE — Another school on the M-46 corridor is looking to join Carson City-Crystal, Montabella and Vestaburg in the Mid-State Activities Conference.

A committee has been formed to explore the possibility of Breckenridge leaving the Tri-Valley Conference West Division for the MSAC, athletic director Ryan Sklener said.

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UPDATE: Video no help in Greenville bank robbery investigation

Video was rolling during an armed robbery of the Huntington Bank in downtown Greenville. However, surveillance footage has yielded no clues as to the identity of the suspect who allegedly used a gun to rob the bank the morning of Nov. 9.

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UPDATE: Greenville motel shooting victim remains in coma

The man shot at Flat River Inn & Suites more than two weeks ago remains in a coma at an undisclosed hospital. An unknown assailant shot Kenneth Neal multiple times in the chest, abdomen and legs at the motel on Hillcrest Street around 12:25 a.m. Nov. 12. The suspect allegedly came to the door and fired several shots at Neal.