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Mike Huckleberry announces his intentions to run for the 70th District state representative seat at his Greenville restaurant Saturday morning. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Huckleberry ready for another state representative run

Michael Huckleberry announced his candidacy Saturday with support from local government officials and Sen. Carl Levin. Huckleberry, 63, said he would be running for State Representative in Michigan’s 70th District.

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Daily News staffers receive promotions

A pair of Daily News staff members are receiving promotions on Monday.

Elisabeth Waldon has accepted the position of news editor. In her new role, she will manage the reporting staff, scheduling and story assignments. Waldon also has been named editor of the Carson City Gazette — her second stint in that role. Ryan Schlehuber has accepted the new position of features editor, which will include supervising a features writer and providing more support in the production of The Daily News beyond the special section content he currently produces.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 28, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012

Courtesy photo  Exentricities Salon in downtown Greenville recently held a fundraiser for EightCAP Inc.’s Walk for Warmth Fund, raising $645. The funds will be used to assist area families in staying warm this winter. Pictured are, from left, Kayla Christensen, Robin Guthrie, Dan Petersen, vice president for Community Action Services with EightCAP, Casey Swindell, owner of Exentricities, Lorien Ingersoll and Christine Steele. Not pictured are Casey Ann Kortman and Cathy Brigham. For more information on the Walk for Warmth and how to become involved, call EightCAP at (616) 754-9315, extension 3336.

Exentricities Salon raises $645 for Walk for Warmth

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YOUNG AT HEART: Bird watching is a great outdoor hobby enjoyed indoors

  By Bobbi Calkins Winter has been mild so far this season. This has left many of the snow activities on hold until we get the white stuff. But there is still one activity that I enjoy more in the winter than in the summer – bird watching. I enjoy watching the birds in the [...]


Carson City couple has seen the world together

Paul and Layne McKinley’s wedding vows included more than sticking together in sickness, health, poverty and wealth. They vowed also to travel together. Paul works for the Michigan Department of Transportation while Layne works as a hospice nurse for Sparrow Hospital. They both put in many hours of work. But, since 1988 when they tied the knot, the couple has stuck to their vow of seeing the world together.

Lakeview’s Megan Leach goes in for a layup that would break a 41-41 tie and help lead the Wildcats to a 46-41 win.

Wildcats win physical battle against Hornets

The gymnasium at Central Montcalm was a sea of orange and not the usual green on Friday night.
In honor of a juvenile diabetes fundraising event the Central Montcalm girls basketball team wore orange and white uniforms while the crowd was decked out in orange shirts. The event was entertained by a pair of varsity basketball games.


Greenville fends off Wildcats

In the end it was free throw shooting that sealed another win for the Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team.
The Yellow Jackets lead by as many as 22 points in the first half against O-K White rival Northview. They needed to finish the game with five consecutive free throws to clinch a 61-56 victory at home on Friday night.


Candlestone murder-mystery dinner theater benefits Belding Project Graduation

Audience members can enjoy a delicious meal, help support a Belding High School student and may become part of the performance in “Murder at the 19th Hole” at the Candlestone Resort Saturday, Jan. 28. Deadwood Productions, of Muskegon, will present the comedic, interactive murder mystery performance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. where audience members may become a detective or a suspect. The $40 ticket includes dinner and the show with 10 percent of the proceeds being given to Belding’s Project Graduation. Reservations are required by calling the Candlestone at (616) 794-1580 or at

Baldwin Heights Elementary School Principal Michael Walsh nominated the school to win $100,000 from Target to enhance student learning. Walsh got the idea after a teacher told him she saw information about the grant on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where views were encouraged to nominate a school. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Baldwin Heights to get $100,000 grant as soon as next week

It was a tip from a teacher who avidly watches The Ellen DeGeneres Show that led to Baldwin Heights Elementary School receiving a $100,000 grant from Target. “(The Target representative) had to tell me six times over the phone that this was not a joke, that our elementary school really won,” said Michael Walsh, Baldwin Heights Elementary School principal.