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Greenville’s Austin Somerfield goes up for a shot during a game this season. Somerfield is averaging 18.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Austin, Leah Somerfield excelling on hardcourt

One is a senior and the other a sophomore. One plays for the Greenville boys varsity basketball team and the other for the Greenville girls varsity basketball team. One is refining his basketball game. The other is still developing her basketball game.
Both are currently leading their respective teams in scoring and rebounding. Both draw the attention of double-teams and more each night. Both enjoy nothing more than being on the basketball court.

Tyler James, middle, flanked by his mother Lynn and his father/coach Marty, signs his letter of intent to play football at Ferris State University on Wednesday afternoon.

Central Montcalm lineman James signs to play at Ferris State

STANTON — When Tyler James first played on Central Montcalm’s varsity football team, his coach didn’t think he would be a college football player.
On Wednesday James signed a letter of intent to play football for Ferris State University when he graduates from Central this spring.

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Montcalm County Brownfield Authority to re-vote on firm

Montcalm County Brownfield Authority members are preparing to meet and review engineering firm documents one week from today after several members failed to properly do so last month. Montcalm County was awarded a $400,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Cooperative Assistance Agreement grant last year to assess local Brownfield sites for hazardous substances and petroleum. Six statements of qualification to administer the assessment were submitted to the county.

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Montcalm County Transportation Authority owes county and townships $11,631

The Montcalm County Transportation Authority is more than $11,000 in debt and local officials are worried the needed funds don’t exist. A proposed countywide public transportation system millage vote failed Nov. 8. Three months later, the Transportation Authority still hasn’t paid for election costs.

An individual braves warmer temperatures in an attempt to ice fish on Crystal Lake last week. Unusually warm tempuratures have made the lake unsafe for this year's Winter Festival.

Crystal Lake Winter Festival canceled due to ‘mild winter’

The third annual Crystal Lake Winter Festival has been canceled due to mild temperatures which have made Crystal Lake unsafe for winter activities. The festival was previously rescheduled from Jan. 21 to Feb. 11 in hopes that temperatures would be cold enough for Crystal Lake to freeze with a thickness of at least 12 inches of ice, but Winter Festival Committee Chairwoman Pam Greenhoe said mother nature just didn’t cooperate.

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Driver not seriously injured in Sidney area rollover

A driver was flown via AeroMed to an area hospital with nonlife threatening injuries after being involved in a rollover accident. According to Montcalm County Central Dispatch, the accident took place at 9:32 a.m., Wednesday, on Nevins Road between Sidney and Stanton Roads.

Arizona Kid (Keith Hudson), Dallas (Susan Ayres) and Straight-Shooting Sam (Jim Hopkins) in the outlaw cabin discover why their coffee tastes like varnish. —Daily News/Lori Hansen

PLAY REVIEW: Greenville celebrities let loose in ‘Westward Whoa’

The classic story of the good guys versus the bad guys rings true in “Westward Whoa,” this year’s OUR 3 melodrama fundraiser. It is also classic to see 19 local celebrities take the stage, singing, dancing and acting in completely different roles than the professionals they are.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 2, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

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Greenville city manager receives positive review

A performance evaluation of Greenville City Manager George Bosanic was conducted during a closed session meeting with the Greenville City Council. The results indicate that Bosanic continues to perform his duties for the Greenville community at a good to excellent level, according to a statements from the City Council.

The Greater Greenville Transportation Committee met for its quarterly meeting Tuesday night at the Eureka Township Hall. Members present, from left to right clockwise, were Michigan Department of Transportation Design Engineer Bart Franklin, Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell, Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gae Wolf, Eureka Township Planning Commissioner Duane Putnam, Eureka Township Supervisor Laura Shears, Greenville Planning Commissioner Ron Blanding, Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen, Courtland Township Supervisor Chuck Porter and West Michigan Regional Planning Commission Director Dave Bee. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville area transportation committee reviews future goals

Members of the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee met Tuesday night to discuss future goals. The transportation committee was created to address issues regarding Greenville-area roadways. Members meet quarterly and met at Eureka Township Hall this quarter.