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Members of the Ionia Area Emergency Response Team perform a mock cell rush of a prisoner during last year’s Polar Plunge at Clifford Lake. This year’s event is outside of the Turk Lake Bar on Saturday, Feb. 8. Plunging begins at 3 p.m. All are welcome to jump in or just enjoy the show. More than 100 people have already signed up to take the plunge. — Courtesy photo

Freezing for funds: Turk Lake is new location for Polar Plunge

Jim Dennis is overwhelmed. He is surrounded by insane people. And he’s loving it. Flooded with emails, phone calls and Facebook comments, Dennis, coordinator of the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser event for Montcalm County, is once again gathering pledges from brave souls who will “take the plunge” into the cold waters of Turk Lake to raise funds for local Special Olympics athletes.

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Silk City Saloon: New owner brings new life to former Belding restaurant

Decades ago, customers of the former Village Hearth would schedule reservations days in advance to assure a seat at the popular restaurant located in the heart of downtown Belding. After going through several owners, new titles, new menus and a period of several years in which the building sat empty, the structure became an empty shell of its former self. But now, Mark Hoople is ready for a resurgence.


Funeral Notices – Feb. 1, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

Evergreen Township Supervisor Lyle Braman Jr. was among those at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting asking for more information about an upcoming aerial flyover imaging project. Local townships will be paying a portion of the county’s cost to fund the project. (Daily News/Cory Smith)

Montcalm County aerial imaging project moves forward

A comprehensive land photography project is on its way to Montcalm County.

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Dramatic winter weather keeping Road Commission busy

Road commissions throughout Michigan have been going through winter budget revenue in rapid fashion, and the Road Commission for Montcalm County is no exception.

Because of a record corn harvest in the fall and freezing temperatures this winter, a high demand for propane has led to a shortage of the heating fuel. (Daily News/Curtis Wildfong)

Perfect storm creates propane shortage for many

As temperatures continue to plummet in the Midwest, so does the availability of propane for heating homes and businesses.

The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce announced its 2013 annual awards during a dinner event Thursday evening. The Marian Kemp Outstanding Citizen of the Year was given to Vi VanTil, far right. Dr. Peter Blinkilde, far left, and Dr. Steve Edwards, middle, of Town & Country Animal Clinic were given the Small Business Person of the Year. Also awarded was Rob Spohr of Montcalm Community College, who received the Coalition of Greater Greenville Spirit of Collaboration Award. Spohr was unable to attend the event.

Greenville Area Chamber recognizes local citizens, businesses for their efforts

The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce announced its annual honors for the 2013 year at a dinner event Thursday evening.


SPORTS GALORE: Two-horse race in Big Ten

The Big Ten men’s basketball season is looking more and more like it will be a two-horse race through the beginning of March. Because of the Big Ten’s depth it was expected the regular season league champion could possibly have four and maybe even five losses.

Greenville’s Alex Budge grabs on to his opponent during the Greenville Invitational this season. Greenville will travel to Grand Rapids West Catholic tonight for the O-K Bronze tournament.

Yellow Jackets ready for O-K Bronze tournament

Wrestling’s second season begins tonight for the Greenville Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets travel to Grand Rapids West Catholic tonight, weather permitting, for the O-K Bronze Conference tournament.

Montabella’s Taylor Smith shoots between two Fulton defenders during the teams’ game Tuesday night.

Montabella’s Miller, Smith share chemistry

Sarah Miller and Taylor Smith have been playing girls basketball for Montabella for four years. In that time, the seniors have developed some knowledge of what each other is going to do.