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Belding’s Ron VanDyke elevates to shoot this jumper over a defender from Hopkins during Friday’s game at home. VanDyke scored 17 points to lead Belding.

Hopkins outlasts Redskins 70-63

The Hopkins Vikings had the height advantage and they used it.
The Belding Redskins battled back from an eight-point deficit in the third quarter, but could not get over the hump in a 70-63 nonconference loss to the Vikings on Friday night.

“Finding out that you have cancer feels like you have an enemy living inside you - a traitor of sorts - like your body has betrayed you and you don’t know what to do or how to feel,” said Jackie Featherly, a cancer survivor and naturopathic physician.

S.H.E.: Let’s get healthy — Mind, body and spirit

Cancer survivor Jackie Featherly’s motto saved her life: “A positive attitude is a healing attitude.” This way of thinking guided the 67-year-old Vestaburg woman from near death to complete recovery. Today, she uses her personal experience and her training as a naturopathic physician to empower others to get healthy and make a fresh start in their lives — emotionally, physically and spiritually.

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S.H.E.: Local lady leaders share their new year resolutions

A new year often brings intentions for a better quality of life. Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, quitting smoking or drinking, and managing debt. Here at S.H.E, we were curious about what the local female leaders in our community have planned for 2012. So we asked!

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Dress cold for EightCAP’s Barren Dash to keep others warm

Dashing through the snow takes on a whole new meaning with the 2012 Barren Dash at Montcalm Community College Saturday, Jan. 28. This year marks the second time the Barren Dash, a one-mile run that requires runners to wear bathing suits, will be held to encourage awareness and raise funds for those in the area who do not have proper shelter and clothing for the sometimes harsh Michigan winter. Allison DeMara of Montcalm County’s EightCAP developed the idea of the Barren Dash last year and has added other events this year.

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OUR VIEW: We’re on the right track with Gov. Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder’s second State of the State address on Wednesday sounded familiar. A lot of his key points were repeats from last year: Fix education, implement good government, build a new bridge to Canada, fix our roads and make Michigan the most business friendly state in America. The single overarching theme of Wednesday’s speech was encouragement to stay the course and continue allowing policies announced or passed last year to work.
That’s a laudable goal in some areas, but more needs to be done elsewhere.

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Montcalm County commissioners studying salaries, benefits

Members of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are considering a compensation and benefits adjustment that would begin in 2013. County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer provided commissioners with the results of a 19-county survey taken last September. Any changes would have to be made before a current or potential commissioner files paperwork for the Nov. 6 election for a term beginning in 2013. The deadline to file for the Montcalm County election is May 15.

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Teen summit to focus on curbing underage drinking

Got choice? Got conviction? Got connection? The Montcalm Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking (MCPUD) wants to ask local youths these questions and get their feedback. MCPUD is hosting the Got It? Youth Summit from 1 p.m. March 17 to 1 p.m. March 18 at Lincoln Lake Baptist Camp near Gowen. The free, non-religious event aims to empower local youths who are interested in promoting health and safety through the prevention of underage drinking.

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MAUREEN BURNS: How are we doing?

I was talking with Doug Robbins who owns Radio Shack and Robbins Book List. We were chatting about books. I mentioned one about Vietnam and he said how the war ended before he was old enough to really be aware of it. That struck me. Vietnam was such a big, horrible thing in our lives that I forget that it is truly just history to most of the adults alive today. Vietnam ended in 1975.

Jordyn Wagner, 7, from Cedar Crest Elementary School, was the winner of Meet Downtown’s Santa Block coloring contest in December. Money raised from the event was donated to local food pantries.

Jordyn Wagner is Santa Block coloring contest winner

The Daily News awarded a few subscribers prizes from a December-long drawing. Pictured are Stafford Media Solutions subscription services accountant Teresa Haverstick and prize winners Ilo and Laurel Basney of Lakeview, who won a stereo surround sound DVD system; Jackie Gable of Gowen, who won a Nikon Coolpix L24 digital camera; and Barb and Ken Moser of Greenville, who won a 26-inch HD LCD t.v. Gift card winners (not pictured) were Brenda Klingbeil of Sheridan, who won a $20 Ace Hardware gift card; Jyll Mitchell of Sidney, who won a $25 Applebee’s gift card; and Dean Iverson of Stanton, who won a $20 Wayside Garden gift card. Contestants qualified by prepaying for a subscription to The Daily News for at least six months.

Winners of The Daily News subscriber drawing