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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.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 9, 2012

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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

Julie Stafford

‘New’ Daily News publisher realizes a lifelong dream

On Monday I officially begin the job I have waited most of my professional life for — that as publisher of The Daily News and vice president of Stafford Media Solutions. Growing up in Greenville as part of the third generation of a publishing family, I take great pride in carrying on the tradition of excellence started by my grandfather, Dale, and carried forward by my dad, John, and brother, Rob. Our focus always has been on providing advertisers with the best tools possible to spread the word about their businesses and to tell readers each day the story about what is happening in our area.

Recent crimes in downtown Greenville include a shooting at the Flat River Inn & Suites, an armed robbery at Family Dollar, an armed robbery at Huntington Bank and a robbery at Huch’s Jewelry. — File photos

Greenville interim public safety director defends department, pace of investigations

The past couple months have been busy for the Greenville Department of Public Safety and nerve-racking for many of the citizens it serves. November saw a brazen mid-morning armed robbery at the downtown Huntington Bank branch, followed by a shooting at the Flat River Inn & Suites four days later.

The historic Clifford Lake Inn has been enjoyed by many throughout its 131 years of existence, by the living and, according to recent findings, the dead, as well. The McKeowns will unveil findings from two paranormal investigation groups at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, which will include free psychic readings, “spirited special dinners” and introduction of Ghost Vodka, a new spirit made in Detroit.

Clifford Lake Inn to unveil paranormal findings Jan. 14

Many residents and visitors have enjoyed visiting and returning to Clifford Lake Inn, a resort destination for 131 years. According to new paranormal investigative evidence, some people have never left.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 7, 2012

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JUST IN: Sparta rallies in fourth to beat Redskins 43-34

The Sparta Spartans girls basketball team got hot at the right time while the Belding Redskins got cold at the wrong time.
The Spartans, trailing 31-30, outscored the Redskins 13-3 in the fourth quarter for a 43-34 O-K Blue Conference win on Friday night.

Conceptual designs of what a Belding Skate Park could one day look like at Riverside Park in Belding. 

Belding reaching out to local youth in creation of new skate park

When a meeting took place to discuss the creation of a skate park in Belding Thursday night, no one expected the most vocal person in attendance to be 14-year old Tessa Walters.