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Miss Michigan Elizabeth Wertenberger, center, poses with the newly crowned Miss Heartland Outstanding Teen Darynn Robinson and and Miss Heartland 2012 Morgan Lind following Sunday's pageant. (Courtesy photo)

Grand Rapids woman wins Central Montcalm’s first Miss Heartland contest

Miss Michigan 2011 Elizabeth Wertenberger and Miss Outstanding Teen 2011 Marissa Cowans not only hosted the first Miss Heartland Scholarship pageant Sunday at the Central Montcalm Upper Elementary School, they also crowned the lucky young women who hope to become their successors.

Greenville Performing Arts Center Director of Technology and Auditorium Manager Chris Chapman shows the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education what current devices for the hearing-impaired look like. (Daily News/Kelli Ameling)

Greenville’s Performing Arts Center to receive upgrade for hearing-impaired

Greenville Public Schools will receive a gift of $13,000 from a resident to install a new system for the hearing-impaired at the Performing Arts Center. The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education accepted the gift during Monday night’s meeting.

Reuben Dean Olson III was booked in the Montcalm County Jail in Stanton on Friday, when this mugshot was taken.

Alleged Huntington Bank armed robber is local transient

The man who allegedly robbed Greenville’s Huntington Bank at gunpoint has a local criminal record and has lived a transient life throughout Montcalm County since he was a child. Reuben Dean Olson III, 22, was arrested Feb. 1 at his girlfriend’s home in Shepard.

Belding’s Morgan Hill gets ready defensively during a game last year. Hill signed last week to play college softball at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Belding’s Hill to play for KVCC

Another of Belding’s softball players will be playing softball in college.
First baseman Morgan Hill signed a letter of intent to play softball for Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) on Friday.

Lakeview’s Megan Leach drives the ball to the hoop during a game this season.

Lakeview guard turns season around

At the start of the girls basketball season, Megan Leach was not doing as well as she would have liked.
“I started off not as well as I should have,” Leach admitted. “I’ve stepped up my game a lot.”

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ED GILBERT: Sinkers don’t float like flies

An acquaintance of mine used to be a charter boat captain on Lake Michigan. But he fell on hard times, quit the charter business and started a small shop making sinkers and lures.
His shop was on the first floor of an old building and I happened to walk in on good ol’ Carl one afternoon, unannounced of course. And there I was, amid a hodge-podge of old machinery and almost stepping on one of his cats as I entered.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 14, 2012

Read The Daily Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012

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JUST IN: Resident will give donation for installation

Greenville Public Schools will receive a gift of $13,000 from a resident to install a new system for the hearing impaired at the Performing Arts Center.

Greenville's Chris Mickey takes a last second shot near the buzzer.

VIDEO: A game to remember … and now you can.

It was a game to remember. And for those of you who missed it, you can catch up on all the highlights right here.

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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.