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In May 1967, Ron Blanding participated in Mayor Exchange Day. While visiting Westland, the community found a 1926 Marquette for Blanding to drive because they knew of his love for antique cars. —Courtesy photos

Greenville’s Ron Blanding has enjoyed a life of recreation and service

Ronald “Ron” Blanding has dedicated most of his life giving back to Greenville after being born and raised here. He is an entrepreneur in the milk business who gave back to the community by serving on a variety of boards and participating in many clubs.

Julie Evans, left, and Misti Cordero will serve as group leaders for the Celebrate Recovery series at New Beginnings Church in Six Lakes.  — Daily News/Robin Miller

Program in Six Lakes helps to overcome habits and hang-ups in 2012

The new year is upon us, thus it is time to begin anew. Do you need to kick a bad habit or do a little psychological housekeeping? The Celebrate Recovery program at New Beginnings Church in Six Lakes has what it takes to overcome quirky habits and addictions that impede personal growth.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 3, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012

Lakeview’s Brad Root (22) makes a pass during a game this season against Montabella. The Wildcats travel to Tri County for a nonleague matchup tonight.

Lakeview boys gear up for Tri County

Lakeview’s boys basketball team is 2-2 so far this season, but coach Mike Schreiber isn’t disappointed.
“We’re definitely improved over last year in some areas,” Schreiber said. “We’re not playing as well as we would like, but the guys are going in the right direction.”


Greenville wrestlers get ready for Lowell

Greenville vs. Lowell in wrestling is one of the area’s biggest grudge matches every year.
Previous battles between the Yellow Jackets and Red Arrows have gone down to the last match, which often decides the O-K White Conference championship.


UPDATE: Child pinned under vehicle released from hospital

A 7-year-old-child who was pinned under a vehicle after a rollover accident Monday morning was treated and released the same day at Carson City Hospital with minor injuries.

According to Michigan State Police Sgt. Joe Cairnduff, a Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling northbound on Blackmer Road just before 8 a.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle due to icy road conditions and crossed over the center line into a cornfield.


Funeral notices for Jan. 2, 2012

Tuesday Irene Eickenroth — 2 p.m., Bethel Lutheran Church. (Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City) Alice Mack — 2 p.m., Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Climax Chapel. Wednesday Barbara (Taylor) Hadder — 1 p.m., Brigham Funeral Chapel, Six Lakes. Marian L. McKay, 80 BELDING — Marian L. McKay, 80, of Belding, died Saturday in Grand Rapids. Services [...]


Bloomer Township rollover pins child under vehicle

A 7-year-old child was pinned under a vehicle after a rollover accident this morning.
Montcalm County Central Dispatch reported the child’s entire body was under the vehicle except the head. However, the child reportedly is alert and talking.

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Snow shortage affects Montcalm, Ionia businesses and road crews

Residents of West Michigan welcomed the new year Sunday night with something they hadn’t seen much of this past December — snow, and lots of it. Up to three inches of fresh powder fell by this morning. Prior to Sunday night, there wasn’t much snow to be found anywhere, however.


OUR VIEW: 2011 — the year between 2010 and 2012

It seems 2011 will go down as a gap year between major events.
We reported hundreds of stories in the 305 editions of The Daily News and the constant stream posted at this year. Much of it was important, but likely little of it will be remembered by our children and grandchildren decades from now.