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Gowen resident Ben Rees embarks on his Flat River kayak trip on Wednesday, an unseasonally warm January day.

For Gowen man, nothing like a winter kayak trip down the Flat River

While there may be snow on the ground today, or at least on its way, there wasn’t any on Wednesday. In fact, temperatures hovered around the 50 degree mark, very close to the record of 52 set in 1975. Typically, mid-January average high temperatures are around 30 degrees.

Carson City-Crystal’s Garner Cusack, right, stretches during a recent practice. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Cusack helping Carson City-Crystal on the wrestling mat

One of the standout members of Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team has been defending state champion Kenneth Dittenber. He’s not the only one. Add Garner Cusack to that.

Central Montcalm’s Jesse Judge wrestles against Dakota Gogolowski of Reed City during Wednesday’s CSAA quad at Lakeview. Judge pinned Gogolowski in 3:06.

Lakeview 2-0, Central Montcalm 1-1 in league quad

The Lakeview Wildcats wrestling team hosted its only home league match of the season and did not disappoint the home crowd. The Wildcats went 2-0 in the CSAA quad with victories over Morley Stanwood (57-21) and Reed City (51-24). Lakeview improved to 14-4 with the wins.

The village of Sheridan has been working hard to clean up the former Carnation Building at M-66 and Condensery Road, pictured here in September 2010. — File photo

Sheridan to pursue grant in effort to demolish Carnation building

The wheels of government are turning slowly to demolish the Carnation Building in downtown Sheridan. Sheridan Village Council members agreed Tuesday to pursue a $400,000 Brownfield Authority Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would create a three-step process to eventually demolish the building and clean up contamination on the property.


Edmore man sentenced after drunken driving fatality

An Edmore man whose drunken driving killed a motorcyclist last August was sentenced Monday to up to 15 years in prison.

The former Amble gas station at 15350 Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) in Winfield Township has been condemned and is now in the foreclosure process. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Condemned Amble gas station may get cleaned up

A dilapidated former gas station in Amble may finally get cleaned up after years of decay. Montcalm County Building Department Director Scott Minard condemned the two-acre property at 15350 Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) last July. The 1,680-square-foot building was built in 1980. Thebo Foods sold the property to Kanton Realty in 2000. Jolly Roger in New York City purchased the property in 2005, but the property went into forfeiture last March due to unpaid taxes.

Five fire departments battle a house fire Tuesday night on Half Mile Lake. Russ and Rita Miller escaped with one dog but believe their 7-week-old puppy was lost in the fire. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Dogs dies in fire near Half Mile Lake in Spencer Township

A 7-week-old puppy is dead but the homeowners are safe after fire broke out in a house on the east side of Half Mile Lake. Five fire departments battled the fire on Jewett Street, which runs off Half Mile Road west of Morgan Mills Avenue in Spencer Township.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 11, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Jan. 11, 2012


OUR VIEW: It takes a village … to catch a thief

Hillary Rodham Clinton popularized the phrase, “It takes a village” as the title of a book she authored while serving as first lady in the 1990s. It since has been misused and overused on a variety of subjects over the years. However, in some cases the phrase is spot on. It does take a village — or a city, community or group of people — to do certain things. Solving crime is one of them.


Yellow Jacket girls sink Sailors 44-40

Greenville girls basketball coach Eric Nichols is seeing a lot of good things from his Yellow Jackets in his first season.
Greenville used a lot of assists and rebounds to knock off the Muskegon Mona Shores Sailors 44-40 Tuesday night.