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Julie Stafford

JULIE STAFFORD: Today’s drugs

With news last week that actress Demi Moore suffered seizures after smoking some kind of incense-like drug, I once again realized how far out of the loop I am. I’d never heard of the drug and was blown away to discover that it’s apparently legal and sold at gas station check-out counters. It’s marketed as incense and not for human consumption, but in talking to folks this week most everyone knows you smoke it. Mind you, I’ve sometimes been accused of being very naïve. But back in the day, I think I had a pretty good handle on what was going on around me.

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Stasiak gets Meritorious Service Award

At a special ceremony in Lansing, Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue presented Det. Sgt. Jacquelyn Stasiak of the Lakeview Post with the Meritorious Service Award for her professionalism and diligence and for going beyond what is typically expected of most law enforcement officers.

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Montcalm County ranked in state’s bottom third for health

Montcalm County ranks in the bottom third of Michigan counties for health factors that influence people’s health.

In response, the Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD) has started the Healthy Montcalm Initiativ

Bob and Ruth Hansen of Greenville were honored Thursday night by the Education Foundation of Greenville and the OUR3 campaign for their work in performing arts in Greenville. Daily News/ Cory Smith

OUR3 campaign honors Hansens for contributions to the arts

Two of the greater forces behind arts and music in the Greenville area are now the faces of the fund striving to save those types of activities in the community. The OUR3 campaign, which started three years ago, has raised more than $526,000 with an initial goal set at $1,000,000. Bob and Ruth Hansen of Greenville have been chosen to represent the fund for the next year.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 3, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Feb. 3, 2012

Jim Stockton

JIM STOCKTON: I’ve heard until I don’t hear

A troupe of snowflakes danced lightly on the window sill this morn while the wife shoveled off the sidewalk behind them. I tried not to notice or feel guilty, but not too successfully. Their extended family, a myriad of cold, lacy wafers, had carpeted the walk and driveway simply to give her something to do. Meanwhile, the dancers, Cecelia, Celeste, Celine, Ceria, Cerise, Cicily, Sabrina, Salome, Stacy, Sybil and Sylvia, had come to distract me with graceful pirouettes and seductive high kicks. I am especially fond of high kicks because of the architectural revelations.

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.