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Montcalm Technical Rescue Team still struggling

An uncertain future continues to loom for the Montcalm Technical Rescue Team (MTRT). The MTRT was created in 1996 to perform confined space rescues in Montcalm County. Duties expanded in 2001 to include high angle rescue, trench rescue, search and rescue, collapse rescue, water rescue, assisting the sheriff’s Dive Team, terrorism response and assisting in weather emergencies.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 20, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

Greenville sophomore Leah Somerfield goes in for a layup while Forest Hills Eastern’s Jesse Fatum (33) tries to knock the ball away. Eastern defeated Greenville 37-35 at Cornerstone University on Monday night.

Forest Hills Eastern rallies in fourth to top Greenville girls

The fourth quarter was a series of runs for both the Forest Hills Eastern Hawks and Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball teams. It was the Hawks run that was enough for the victory. The Yellow Jackets led 25-22 with nearly two minutes remaining in the third quarter. A 14-0 run over the next six plus minutes propelled the Hawks to a 37-35 victory in the opening round of the Cornerstone University Holiday Tournament on Monday night.

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Carson City Hospital president and CEO steps down after 32 years

Bruce Traverse is getting a big gift for Christmas this year — a lot more free time. He is retiring on Friday after working 32 years at Carson City Hospital, the last 25 as the president and CEO.

Greenville’s Ron Snead is entering the final year of his eight-year term on Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees.

Greenville man brings message of racial harmony to Ferris State

Ron Snead came to Ferris State University for the first time more than four decades ago amid one of the most painful chapters of racial unrest in the school’s history. He now is entering the final year of his eight-year term on the school’s Board of Trustees, serving the last two years as the board president.

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Suspects caught after attempted Cedar Springs robbery

Two Montcalm County residents are in jail after police responded to a robbery Friday at Cedar Springs Mobile Estates, Mobile Home Park. The victims, a 42-year-old man and 41-year-old female, told Officer Chad Tucker of the Cedar Springs Police Department that they responded to a knock at their door about 8:20 p.m. saying “come on in” only to have two young men enter, one with a shotgun.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 19, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.

Montabella’s Cora Okkema, center, launches a shot between Lincoln Alcona’s Alleigh Sexton, left, and Karina Cole, right, during Saturday night’s game.

Lincoln Alcona buzzer shot beats Montabella

So close. The Montabella girls basketball team was five seconds away from handing Lincoln Alcona their first loss of the season, but a three-pointer at the buzzer by Karina Cole gave the Tigers a 40-38 win Saturday night.

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ED GILBERT: St. Whitetail and Christmas Eve

Each year I like to give readers a story about what it may be like when Christmas arrives in the animal’s forest world. This story may also be found in my latest book, “A Brown Trout Bicycle,” or: “Once Upon the Woods & Waters,” available through Amazon or the Kindle link.

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Central Montcalm hosts free dinner

Central Montcalm Public School is preparing to host the inaugural Winter Fest Community Dinner. The free dinner will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Central Montcalm Middle School cafeteria in Stanton.