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Belding’s Mercedes Settlemyre throws a practice shot before facing Coopersville Monday.

Belding dominates Coopersville bowlers

Belding’s bowling teams continued a march toward the postseason conference tournament next month with a strong performance Monday night.
The Redskin boys knocked off Coopersville 24-6 while the girls defeated the Broncos 23-7.


SHORT TAKES: How about them Jackets?

There are plenty of games still to be played this season, but the Greenville Yellow Jackets have jumped out to a sterling 9-0 record and the league lead in the OK White conference. After a decisive win against a tough Grand Rapids Christian team, they’re back on the road this week.

After the fifth graders were done performing their mock surgeries, they gathered to get a brief study on how to perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED). — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville elementary students attend medical school

Fifth graders from Baldwin Heights and Lincoln Heights elementary schools got to cut open chest cavities, remove gallbladders and give patients stitches Thursday. Greenville Public Schools and Spectrum Health United Hospital collaborated on the second mini medical school event at Baldwin Heights Elementary School. Fifth-grade students learned about professions in the health care field. “It’s important for (the hospital) to be involved with schools,” said Jennifer DenOuden, the hospital’s director of marketing and communications. “There is a value in partnering schools with hospitals.”


Funeral Notices for Jan. 16, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Jan. 16, 2011

Evi Petersen of Great Start Collaborative and Terry King of the Ionia/Montcalm County Department of Human Services have teamed up to collect winter clothing for youths in need. — Courtesy photo.

Winter clothing drive aims to keep Montcalm County children warm

Thus far, winter has been mild and it is a good thing due to the number of Montcalm County children lacking warm winter wear. Evi Petersen of Great Start Collaborative and a group of parents recognized the need and joined forces with Terry King of the Ionia/Montcalm County Department of Human Services with the goal in mind to provide local youths in need with proper winter wear.


OUR VIEW: Governor off the mark with welfare drug tests

Gov. Rick Snyder did a lot of things right during his first year in office. His proposal to require drug tests for all welfare recipients isn’t one of them. Snyder argues the drug tests will determine whether welfare benefits are being spent in the right way — feeding, clothing and housing the neediest among us. That’s true, the drug tests would find anyone spending the public’s hard-earned money on a quick high.

Greenville’s Jordan Thomas goes for a pin and a school record 198th career win. Thomas finished the day with 201 career wins.

Greenville’s Jordan Thomas sets career wrestling wins record, tops 200

This weekend Jordan Thomas cemented his status as not only one of Greenville’s best wrestlers ever, but one of the state’s best. With four wins on Saturday, Thomas set the Greenville career wins record and reached an incredible 200 wins. Thomas went undefeated at the Jackson Northwest Invitational to capture the 189 pound title and tournament MVP honors.

Greenville’s Dakota Sherrick battles with Chase Callender of Charlotte during Saturday’s Jackson Northwest Invitational. Sherrick finished in fourth place with a 3-2 record.

Greenville wrestlers win Jackson Northwest Tournament

The Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team saved its best for last on Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets — down by six points — won 11 of 12 finals matches to pull ahead of DeWitt and capture the Jackson Northwest Tournament on Saturday.

Belding’s Nate Cooley, front, tries to escape from Cedar Springs’ Baron Lenardson during their 103-pound match Saturday. Lenardson pinned Cooley with one second left in the second period.

Belding wrestlers second at own invitational; Wyoming Rogers wins

Belding wrestling coach Travis Meyer has a good outlook on the rest of the season after the way his Redskins performed this week. “I think we had a great week of wrestling,” Meyer said. “We hung tough with Sparta Wednesday.”

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

MAUREEN BURNS: Sharing some silliness and snickers

I read the whole Harry Potter series and saw the movies. Many of you did too, I’m sure. I felt I had to do it because I needed to stay current. So, when I read a quote by Ellen Degeneres last week, it made me laugh out loud and want to share it with others. Ellen said, “I can’t believe this is the last Harry Potter movie. It’s the end of an era. Who knows, maybe someone will turn it into a book.” That kind of humor that comes out of nowhere and is just darn silly – well, it’s golden. We all need it and we need to share it when we hear it.