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Dylan Rodriguez, 19, left, and Grace DeGelder, 16, both of Rockford, started “Neverending GRACE,” a 4-H project that raises money for those in need. — Courtesy photo

Local 4-H’ers help others to make an impact

Through a 4-H project, a young duo hopes to make a difference locally and nationally. It all started when Grace DeGelder, 16, and Dylan Rodriguez, 19, both of Rockford, heard of the devastation on the east cost from Hurricane Sandy.

The staff at Leppinks in Lakeview is always ready to provide personalized service with a smile. According to store owner, Ransom Leppink, it is the personal touch that sets the small chain apart from big box stores. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Leppink’s carries on 85 years of tradition of family service

In an era of bag-your-own, robo-teller grocery shopping, where customer service is little more than a quaint memory, there are still locally owned stores that serve old-fashioned, in-person customer service, like Leppink’s. With locations in Belding, Lakeview, Stanton, Howard City and Ferrysburg, Leppink’s represents a throwback to a better time, when service was king and the customer’s needs came first.

Carson City’s Darren Decker goes for a pin against Lowell’s Scott VanOosten during Friday’s nonconference match. Decker pinned VanOosten in 2:45.

Carson City-Crystal wrestlers preparing for strong postseason

The Carson City-Crystal Eagles wrestling team has already won the regular season Central Michigan Athletic Conference championship. With that title wrapped up, the Eagles turned their attention Friday night to preparing for an extended postseason run. They did so by traveling to face two larger schools, one of which is a perennial powerhouse.


ROUNDUP: Prep basketball scores from Friday, Jan. 25

Forest Hills Eastern 50, Greenville 49 (OT): The Yellow Jackets scored a three-pointer with six seconds left in overtime, but after missing a half-court three, the Hawks tipped in the rebound at the buzzer for the O-K Bronze Conference win Friday night…

Nicole Stapleton

Two charges added to Howard City woman’s file

Two more charges were filed against a woman who allegedly caused a multi-vehicle accident, which took the life of a man almost one year ago. Nicole Diana Stapleton, 31, of Howard City was arrested by Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies and arraigned in 64B District Court in Stanton. Stapleton was arrested on Jan. 8 and arraigned the next day.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 26, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013


Greenville Planning Commission to adjust city’s sign ordinance

The Greenville Planning Commission is working on adjusting a current ordinance addressing large signs for non-residential uses.
During its regular meeting Thursday night, the commission approved to move forward with adding regulations to the current ordinance — ordinance No. 150 regarding signs — that affects residential zones on 10 acres or more.

The Legion Honor Guard in Greenville is looking to recruit veterans to help honor living and fallen veterans. The team usually has about 15 people, but is currently down to seven. Picture, from left to right, are members Gene Jury, Charlie Riker, Tang Splan, Lewis Staffen, Chuck Stephens, Tony Kasperek and Bob Forton.

Greenville’s Legion Honor Guard accepting members

The Legion Honor Guard in Greenville is looking for new members to help carry on the tradition of honoring living and past veterans.
According to Chuck Stephens, the group is recruiting members because through old age, illness and death, it has lost many of its members.

Greenville Department of Public Safety officers Sean Parsons, left, and Jess Dear stand alongside the new 2013 Dodge Charger V6 police cruiser, left, and one of the older police cruisers at the Greenville Department of Public Safety in Greenville Thursday morning.

2013 Dodge Charger added to Greenville Police fleet

The Greenville Department of Public Safety has received its new police cruiser and it hit the city roads this week.


SPORTS GALORE: Girls basketball teams in midst of great seasons

As we near the end of January, high school sports teams have reached at least the mid-point in their respective seasons. So far this year, several of our area teams are having outstanding seasons. Some with legitimate chances of conference titles, district titles and beyond.