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Montcalm County may contract out for equalization services

Montcalm County may contract with Kent County for equalization services in the near future. Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer told the Finance & Personnel Committee on Monday that he is in talks with Kent County Equalization Director Matt Woolford to possibly contract with Woolford’s department.

Elaine and Frank Leak oversee supply and demand at Edmore’s food pantry. To help promote routine donations, the Leaks often write to local churches informing them of the pantry’s needs. —Daily News/Robin Miller

Montcalm County food pantries still need donations

The holidays are over but local food pantries hope people keep the Christmas spirit of giving ongoing. Donations during the holiday season are typically greater owing to increased hunger awareness and charitable giving, according to several area coordinators. This year’s Christmas holiday boost helped meet the increasing demand for food assistance.

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Montcalm Area Intermediate School District pitches millage

The Greenville Public Schools (GPS) Board of Education has until its February meeting to decide whether it agrees with a special education millage the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) wants to put on the August ballot. MAISD Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht approached the board during its regular meeting Monday night about a countywide millage proposal.

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 10, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Jan. 10, 2011

Greenville’s Michael Schmidt (112) wrestles on Wednesday against Forest Hills Central. Schmidt went 5-0 on Saturday at Grand Ledge and is five wins shy of 100 for his career.

Yellow Jackets perfect at Grand Ledge Invite

The Greenville Yellow Jackets have reached the midway point of the wrestling season.
As always, the Yellow Jackets have faced a extremely tough schedule with matches against state ranked teams each and every week. On Saturday, the Yellow Jackets added to their victory total by going 5-0 to win the Grand Ledge Invitational.

The Central Montcalm Hornets placed second at the St. Louis Invitational on Saturday. The Hornets are at Lakeview on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Montabella, CM 1-2 at St. Louis Invitational

Two local wrestling coaches went back to their schools after the St. Louis Invitational Saturday very happy.
Those coaches were Montabella coach Shaun Balhorn and Central Montcalm coach Dan VanderVlucht, as the Mustangs were the winners of the individual tournament and the Green Hornets were second.

Gladys Knight Ingalls, 92, holds a framed aerial portrait of her longtime home in the Stanton countryside. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

92-year-old Stanton woman recalls long life in Montcalm County

Gladys Knight Ingalls was born Feb. 28, 1919. Woodrow Wilson was president, the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution authorizing prohibition had just been ratified and World War I was coming to an end. But Gladys grew up on a farm in the Stanton countryside, sheltered from much of the outside world. She was the second of six children born to Harrison and Edna Knight.

Student learn about the respiratory system of pigs by using pig plucks in Mindy Hepinstall’s fifth-grade classroom on Friday at Baldwin Heights Elementary. Owen Young, 10, (left) laughs with Wyatt Douglas, 10, over how the internal parts feel. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville fifth-graders get a chance to look beyond books

Greenville fifth-graders had the opportunity to use actual pig anatomy to learn about the respiratory system and the negative effects of tobacco use. About 100 pig plucks were donated by Sage’s Meat Processing in Greenville for the students in the district to use. Pig plucks are anatomy pieces from a pig that include trachea, lungs and the diaphragm.

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 9, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Jan. 9, 2011

Cory Smith

New staffer to focus on Belding, multimedia

Greenville native Cory Smith is coming home as the newest reporter at The Daily News. He will focus on writing stories about the Belding area and be responsible for producing videos and other multimedia content for www.thedailynews.cc.