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2-1-1 service starts for Montcalm, Ionia counties

A new resource line is available in Montcalm and Ionia Counties for people to dial when they have questions. 2-1-1 is set up for anyone to use for free to get connected to information about critical health and human services available in each county.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 5, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Dec. 5, 2011.


Fishing for those winter steelhead

From all indications we’re about to have one of those unpredictable winters, where ice fishing on the lakes will be a little iffy. At least in central and southern Michigan.

We’ll likely have a freeze, a meltdown, and even some rain mixed in with snow, making us cautious about safety on the ice.

Belding’s McKenzie Breimayer fires a shot during the first half on Friday night against Greenville. The Yellow Jackets won 39-13.

Greenville’s defense leads to victory over Belding

In a game marred by fouls and missed free throws it was the Greenville Yellow Jackets defense that stood out. The Yellow Jackets held the Belding Redskins to three field goals in a 39-13 victory on Friday night at Redskins Arena. The two teams combined for 46 fouls and 56 free throws.

Lakeview’s Andrea Henry (3) is hit on the hand by Ithaca’s Lyndsey Lehman (52) as she goes up for a shot during Friday’s game.

Big starts push Lakeview past Ithaca

Thanks to a couple of big runs that opened quarters, Lakeview’s girls basketball team had a big win Friday night. The Wildcats won their second game of the season when they beat the Ithaca Yellowjackets 55-30 Friday night in the Yellowjackets’ season-opener.


GHS plans basketball alumni game

Greenville High School is set to host a pair of basketball alumni games to raise money for Hunt for a Cure. The third annual Hunt for a Cure game — originally scheduled for Dec. 16 — will take place on Feb. 10 against Grand Rapids Christian. The annual game is played to raise money for cancer education and awareness in Greenville Public Schools.

Amish craftsmen work on the back half of the roof at the former General Bag Corp. factory in Edmore. The building will become an Amish marketplace, farmer’s market and trailhead next year.— Daily News/Robin Miller

Amish craftsmen putting up new roof on old Edmore building

An image of yesteryear, horses and buggies have returned to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trailhead in Edmore. Amish workers are constructing a new roof on the historic late-1800s General Bag Corp. factory building.

Montcalm County is now in possession of a $900 Arctic Blast Sno-Cone machine, thanks to a grant from the Michigan Homeland Security Program. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County gets homeland security snow cone machine

The United States is fighting terrorism — one snow cone at a time. Montcalm County recently received a $900 Arctic Blast Sno-Cone machine.


OUR VIEW: We’re not couch 
potato communities

A saying goes: If you’re sitting still, then you’re falling behind. Our communities collectively could sit back and watch things happen. But the world is always changing. We need to not only keep up with that change but find ways to get ahead of it.


MAUREEN BURNS: Lessons from a real giant

When I was a kid, I loved to read fairy tales. In some there would be giants and in my mind I saw them as huge, tall, great big creatures — inhuman. Now I am grown up and I know what giants are really like.
They can be short, slender, normal looking and maybe even walking with a walker. In my adult eyes, Fred Meijer was a giant in every good sense of the word.