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Portland St. Patrick’s Katie Cook (11) and Carson City-Crystal’s Emily Ward (5) battle for a rebound during Thursday night’s game.

Carson City-Crystal now 6-0, tops Shamrocks 48-32

Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team proved last season’s win over Portland St. Patrick was no fluke. The Eagles beat the Shamrocks at home for the second straight time Thursday night, winning 48-32 to extend their season-opening winning streak to six games.


LETTER: Thank you from Crystal Lions

The Crystal Lions Club is proud to be a contributing sponsor of the annual Christmas movie for the Crystal Christmas Celebration.

Grace Bradley (Kaitlyn Denevan) reads the Christmas story aloud to the Herdman children, who hear it for the very first time. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Greenville community center presents ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

The church Christmas pageant is an annual event with the same story presented the same way. Frankly, it has gotten to be a little boring. This year, the pageant is anything but boring. It’s the “Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The Greenville Area Community Center is presenting the classic play this weekend.

Jim Stockton

JIM STOCKTON: The day we declare it to be

There is magic and mystery to a predawn winter’s day. I rediscovered that last week, waking up to a full moon as gold and round as a freshly baked soda biscuit. A mantle of fresh snow responded in glistening blue-white. Sparkles of color twinkled skyward, subtly enhanced by the steady glow of crystallized fireflies. They had frozen to death with their lights on.

Rose Hyde has been selected as the new Montcalm Township treasurer. She is looking forward to working with the township board in harmony to help better serve the township. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Montcalm Township hires new treasurer

Seeing the township work in harmony is goal for the new township treasurer. On Dec. 1, the Montcalm Township Board had a special meeting to hire Rose Hyde as the township treasurer.


OUR VIEW: Daily News snow cone story went viral

Don’t let that headline fool you, our snow cones are just as safe as anyone’s. Thanks to our coverage a lot more people know that our first responders can get a snow cone thanks to a grant from the Michigan Homeland Security Program. The story truly went viral — as in a national sensation.

Mute swans swim in Indian Lake near Howard City in 2009. The U.S. Department of Agriculture removed 53 of them from Lincoln Lake at the request of the lake property owners association. — File photo

Swan cull makes way for native species at Lincoln Lake

Kay Akkerhuis enjoyed seeing dozens of swans when she looked out her window across the street from the south end of Lincoln Lake. She won’t be able to see nearly as many swans after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services Division killed 53 of the 55 mute swans that made the lake their home.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 15, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011

A century-old Lakeview barn fire’s cause remains unknown more than three weeks later. The barn was located behind the home of Robert and Ayla Noah. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Cause of Lakeview barn fire remains a mystery

A Lakeview barn fire’s origin remains unknown more than three weeks after the blaze. A century-old barn burned to the ground the night of Nov. 22 behind the home of Robert and Ayla Noah at 9648 N. Satterlee Road just north of M-46.


United Solar parent company to skip loan payment

The parent company of United Solar Ovonic has announced that it will skip a loan payment while negotiations with lenders continue.
Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (ECD) was supposed to pay interest charges on Thursday but will defer, taking advantage of a 30-day grace period allowed in the loan.