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A total of 29 children, along with their parents, spent Saturday morning at Big L Lumber in Greenville building their own wood duck nest boxes to take home. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Youngsters learn importance of conservation, build duck nests

Duck hunting season may be a long way off, but that didn’t quell the excitement of a group of children as they pieced together their very own wood duck nesting boxes. A total of 29 children, from as far south as Paw Paw and as north as Newaygo, spent their Saturday morning at Big L Lumber in Greenville where they were lectured on the importance of duck conservation.

Marti Schrauben

ON THE RECORD: Ionia funeral home worker allowed to withdraw embezzlement pleas

A former funeral home employee who plead to embezzlement charges will be allowed to withdraw his pleas.

A motorist drives through a snowdrift on Satterlee Road in Eureka Township on Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Roads getting cleared, precautions being taken to combat ‘dangerous cold’

Mark Christensen would like to have a few words with whoever started the rumor about road commission employees not working Monday. Christensen, the managing director for the Road Commission for Montcalm County, said he received several phone calls from people saying they heard workers weren’t out plowing the roads due to hydraulics freezing on the trucks.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 7, 2014

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Lakeview’s Terry Grieser, right, tangles with Belding’s Michael Walker during the individual state finals last year at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Grieser is currently ranked No. 9 at 152 pounds in Division 3.

Lakeview rebounding on the wrestling mat

The Lakeview Wildcats are off to a good start through the first third of the wrestling season. After a rebuilding season a year ago, the Wildcats are coming out of winter break with a 14-5 record. Lakeview struggled to a 6-27 record last season.

Greenville High School senior Stephen Roy, 18, hangs a purple ribbon on a light post Saturday during the Hunt For a Cure “Paint the Town Purple” event. — Daily News/Cory Smith

‘Hunt For a Cure Days’ made official in Greenville

Downtown Greenville may now be covered in plentiful inches of fresh, white snow, but it won’t take much effort to spot dashes and bursts of the color purple as it peeks its way through. Working together like a paintbrush steadily gliding along the streets of downtown Greenville, players from the Greenville High School boys and girls varsity basketball teams placed purple ribbons and posters on lampposts, trees and windows on Lafayette Street on Saturday morning.

Carson City-Crystal's Dillen Decker, right, tries to keep Hesperia's David Jacobs from escaping during the Carson City-Crystal wrestling tournament Saturday. — Daily News/Chip Burch

No. 4 CC-C stays undefeated, wins wrestling tournament

Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team not only got another trophy for their case, but they also got a confidence-boosting win in the process.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 6, 2014

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A Belding resident walks into downtown Belding Monday morning along a frozen and snow-covered  Bridge Street bridge. Wind chills were well below zero during the morning commute. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Winter’s Wrath: Snow, wind, extreme cold bear down on area

The first big winter storm of 2014 has completely shut down several municipalities. Belding city offices are all closed today due to the weather, as are all Ionia County government buildings, including the courthouses.


New Greenville soccer fields to debut this spring

They may be blanketed in snow now, but come spring the newly constructed soccer fields behind Greenville Community Church will be covered by the footsteps of dozens of young soccer players.