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OUR VIEW: Efficient education is key in Michigan

As Americans adjust to a challenging world economy, two undeniably major players have emerged to command the attention of the general public: the purveyors of health services and education. The ever-expanding facilities of both industries make it apparent that we want to have healthy, learning communities. The global challenge has made us all realize that eventually, good health and continuing education is what will enable us to achieve lifestyles equal to or better than in the past.

Dr. James Brown  plays several instruments including the violin and electric bass guitar. He began playing the stand-up bass a year and a half ago.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC instructor’s musical talents displayed for Valentine’s dance

By day, people know him as Dr. James Brown, an information systems instructor who teaches computer classes at Montcalm Community College (MCC). By night, “Doc,” as fans call him, takes the stage as a stand-up bass player in the rockabilly music trio The ChupaCobras, entertaining people throughout the greater Grand Rapids area with the band’s unique rhythm-driven rock music. On Friday, Feb. 17, Brown and his band will perform at the MCC Valentine’s dance in front of faculty and friends, an opportunity Brown says may be “a real surprise” to those who only know him as an instructor at the college.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 11, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012

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VIDEO: Yellow Jackets clinch league title with win

It was “Hunt for a Cure” night in Greenville. It was also hunt for a championship night as well. Both were a success by far.

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Man arrested for armed robbery of Greenville’s Huntington Bank

A man is in custody for the alleged armed robbery of the Huntington Bank in Greenville last November. FBI Agent John King confirmed that Reuben Olson III, 22, was in custody for the crime. Olson has not yet been arraigned. “The arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation between the FBI, the Greenville Department of Public Safety and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office,” said King from his Grand Rapids office.

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JULIE STAFFORD: Handicapped parking

Last summer, I had the unique opportunity to experience what it was like to have to depend on using a handicapped-parking permit. Recovery from ACL and meniscus surgery was slow and resulted in not being able to put any weight on my left leg for four weeks. That meant I had to park in a [...]

Matt Erspamer, a 2009 graduate of Lakeview High School, is editor in chief of Grand Central Magazine at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview, Greenville grads win national award for CMU website

Two local men who graduated from Greenville and Lakeview have received a national award from Editor & Publisher Magazine. Matt Erspamer, 21, and Ryan Nielsen, 23, produce Grand Central Magazine for Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, where they are both students. Erspamer, a junior, is majoring in online journalism and minoring in political science and cinema studies. He graduated from Lakeview High School in 2009.

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Former Montcalm County paramedic sent to jail

A felony conviction and jail sentence Thursday were just the latest in a litany of personal problems for a former Montcalm County paramedic. Jason Danford, 38, of Sheridan, pleaded guilty Jan. 12 to stealing or retaining a financial transaction device without consent. He was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in the Montcalm County Jail with credit for two days already served, 18 months probation, 150 hours of community service and almost $1,000 in restitution.

Tri County’s Tucker Martin, top, goes for a ride on the back of Lakeview’s Austin Davy during their 112-pound match Thursday night. Davy won by technical fall 15-0.

Lakeview dominates Newaygo, Tri County for district title

Lakeview’s wrestling team was able to take home a trophy.
The Wildcats were winners in the Division 3 district team wrestling tournament at Tri County High School Thursday night, beating Newaygo 46-28 in the first round and dropping the host Vikings 54-24 in the finals.

Tim Schmidt decided to work in theater after he attended Western Michigan University. After gaining experience, he started doing the head audio for Broadway productions. (Daily News/Kelli Ameling)

Sound Man: Greenville grad running Broadway shows

What started out as a hobby and something to do with his friends has turned into a career of running Broadway tours. Greenville graduate Tim Schmidt, 33, is currently on break from the “Peter Pan” tour where he does head audio.