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Jim Stockton

JIM STOCKTON: ‘To Be Thy Calidore’ — Byehh!!!

Valentine’s Day is upon us and I am unprepared. My cupboard is bare, devoid of a single romantic thought. It wasn’t always so. In the days of my youth, before age imposed disinterest, I went to the dime store to pore over little cards with red hearts and imploring messages of admiration. There was always a pretty girl or two to whom I appealed, though I was invariably rewarded with disappointment. There was always that boy with the chocolate brown eyes, slender of build, with a statuesque mother. I didn’t stand a chance!

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New pageant debuts this weekend in Stanton

Many little girls dream of becoming Miss America, but few have the opportunity to attain that goal. Two local women are helping young women take steps toward that crown. Cheryl Smith and Barb Millard of Stanton have founded the Miss Heartland Pageant, an open scholarship pageant with the winner eligible to compete in the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant, a stepping stone to the Miss America Scholarship Pageant.

Kurtis Perry

Montcalm Township hires new firefighter

Twenty-year-old Kurtis Perry will join the Montcalm Township Fire Department. The department requested to hire Perry as a probationary firefighter during Wednesday night’s Montcalm Township Board meeting. “I’m very excited,” said Fire Chief Cliff Dickinson of Perry joining the team.

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Ice rescue training exercise (Gallery)

The Greenville Department of Public Safety conducted an ice water rescue training session Tuesday morning on Baldwin Lake in Greenville.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 9, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012

Kevin Brower

Man charged after M-66 hit and run accident

A local man was arraigned this afternoon after allegedly committing a hit and run accident, fleeing from police and refusing to cooperate. Kevin Brower, 32, was charged in 64B District Court with operating while intoxicated, resisting and obstructing and driving while license suspended.

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Only minor damage sustained in Home Township fire

The Home Township Fire Department responded to a structure fire that left only minor damages to the porch. Fire Chief Randy Linton said the department responded at about 3:15 p.m. to 9300 N. Peoples Road in Home Township.

Carson City-Crystal’s Andre Collins, top, has a half-nelson on Kent City’s Jose Aguilar during their 152-pound match Wednesday night. Aguilar won the match 4-1.

Carson City-Crystal wrestlers fall in Division 4 semifinals

A couple of matches didn’t go the way of the Carson City-Crystal wrestling team Wednesday night. Because of it they were ousted from the Division 4 district at Fulton High School by Kent City 51-30. “We had all the matchups we wanted,” CC-Crystal coach Kacy Datema said. “Kids didn’t perform the way we needed to (Wednesday night).”

The Yellow Jackets hoist a district championship trophy for the seventh straight season on Wednesday night.

Greenville wrestlers win 7th straight district title

It wasn’t the anticipated wrestling district final everyone was expecting, but for the Greenville Yellow Jackets it was a familiar outcome. The Yellow Jackets (ranked No. 5 in Division 2) won its seventh straight Division 2 district title with a convincing 67-3 victory over the Cedar Springs Red Hawks on Wednesday night.

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Sheriff’s office investigating a string of vehicle break-ins

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office responded to a string of vehicle break-ins on M-46 between Vestaburg and Howard City Wednesday evening.