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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.

Jason Danford

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.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 10, 2012

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Jim Stockton

JIM STOCKTON: ‘To Be Thy Calidore’ — Byehh!!!

Valentine’s Day is upon us and I am unprepared. My cupboard is bare, devoid of a single romantic thought. It wasn’t always so. In the days of my youth, before age imposed disinterest, I went to the dime store to pore over little cards with red hearts and imploring messages of admiration. There was always a pretty girl or two to whom I appealed, though I was invariably rewarded with disappointment. There was always that boy with the chocolate brown eyes, slender of build, with a statuesque mother. I didn’t stand a chance!

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New pageant debuts this weekend in Stanton

Many little girls dream of becoming Miss America, but few have the opportunity to attain that goal. Two local women are helping young women take steps toward that crown. Cheryl Smith and Barb Millard of Stanton have founded the Miss Heartland Pageant, an open scholarship pageant with the winner eligible to compete in the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant, a stepping stone to the Miss America Scholarship Pageant.

Kurtis Perry

Montcalm Township hires new firefighter

Twenty-year-old Kurtis Perry will join the Montcalm Township Fire Department. The department requested to hire Perry as a probationary firefighter during Wednesday night’s Montcalm Township Board meeting. “I’m very excited,” said Fire Chief Cliff Dickinson of Perry joining the team.

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Ice rescue training exercise (Gallery)

The Greenville Department of Public Safety conducted an ice water rescue training session Tuesday morning on Baldwin Lake in Greenville.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 9, 2012

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