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SHORT TAKES: Spectrum’s Charity Ball fulfills its mission

What an evening it was! Saturday night was the occasion of the 10th annual Many Hearts One Mission Charity Ball, a fundraiser dedicated to life-enhancing facilities at Greenville’s Spectrum Health United Hospital. More than 400 people were on hand at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in support of United Hospital’s new Heart and Vascular Center.

Ellis Elementary School Principal Jesus Hernandez

Ellis Elementary School principal resigns

The principal of Ellis Elementary School in Belding has resigned. Last week, Jesus Hernandez announced to his staff his intent to leave at the end of the school year, according to Belding Area Schools Superintendent Leslie Mount.

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Vestburg girls top Evart in overtime

The Wolverines evened their record by getting 49-43 win against the Eagles Saturday night. Taylor Darmody led Vetaburg with 17 points and Emma Schuch added 14 points and 17 rebounds. Record: 8-8. Next game: at home against Evart Wednesday.

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Central Montcalm, Lakeview, Montabella wrestlers headed to regional action

There were 10 other wrestlers from around the area that are headed to the individual regionals come Saturday. In Division 3, Central Montcalm had three wrestlers move on from the districts. Cody Veltkamp (103 pounds), Jason Backley (125) and Jesse Judge (171) all finished fourth at the Whitehall district in their weight classes, so they will move on.

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Greenville sending 11 wrestlers to regionals

Greenville’s wrestling team got almost all their wrestlers to the individual regional tournament come Saturday. The Yellow Jackets sent 13 wrestlers to Gaylord High School for the district tournament and 11 are moving on to the regionals. Of the 11 that are moving on, five won their weight classes.

The 2012 Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award winner William T. Ham speaks before an audience of several hundred people in attendance at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids Saturday night after receiving his award. — Daily News/Cory Smith

William T. Ham ‘humbled but honored’ with Spirit of Caring award

Since he was just two years old, William T. Ham has called Greenville home. Throughout his years as a member of the community he has strived to find ways to give back to his hometown in the biggest and smallest ways manageable. On Saturday night, in front of hundreds of friends and close family members, Ham was recognized for his generous efforts of philanthropy as the recipient of the annual 2012 Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award.

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Charity ball raises more than $120,000

In it’s 10th year, the annual “Many Hearts One Mission” charity ball and auction at Frederik Meijer Gardens kicked off with a goal to raise more than $100,000 in funds to support the Heart & Vascular Center at Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville. By the end of Saturday night’s live and silent auctions, that goal was surpassed as more than $120,000 was raised through the charity auctions.

Some of the participants, such as this flock of ducks, worked together to raise funding and then also jumped together at Saturday’s Polar Plunge. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Brave souls take Polar Plunge at Clifford Lake for Special Olympics

It was the coldest day so far this winter, but it didn’t stop participants from helping raise money for Special Olympics. The fourth annual Polar Plunge at Clifford Lake was one of 24 scheduled around the state the next few months to help raise funds for year-round sports training and athletic competitions for more than 18,600 children and adults with disabilities.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 13, 2012

Read The Daily Funeral Notices for Monday, Feb. 13, 2012

Belding's Jesse Scheidel goes for a pin during a match this season.

Redskins defeated in district semis

The Comstock Park Panthers have a strangle hold on district wrestling championships.
The Panthers defeated the Belding Redksins on Wednesday night 35-33 in the semifinals and then topped GR Catholic Central 36-27 to win their fourth straight district title.