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Polar Plunge participants brave the icy waters in 2011. — File photo

Polar Plunge at Clifford Lake set for Saturday

Depending on the day, it may not look or feel like winter as you step outside, but come Saturday dozens of individuals will embrace the cold winter temperatures of Clifford Lake as they plunge into the icy waters. In an effort to raise funds for year-round sports training and athletic competitions for more than 18,600 children and adults with disabilities in Michigan, participants will jump into the frozen waters of Clifford lake at the fourth annual Polar Plunge at Clifford Lake Inn.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 8, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012

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Belding council OKs Rails to Trails grants

Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail-Trail Preliminary Budget for Belding Item    Total Asphalt Paving    $495,000 Bridges    $700,000 Contingencies    $119,500 Engineering    $262,900 Total Budget    $1,577,400 Proposed Fund Model MDOT Enhancement Grant    $657,000 MDNR Grant    $300,000 RIF/RTP    $75,000 City of Belding    $25,000 Private/Other    $520,400 *RIF = Recreation Improvement Fund Grant *RTP = Recreational Trails Program Grant   [...]

Julie Stafford

JULIE STAFFORD: Blood drives hit home

My life is divided into two time frames. Before my daughter Emma was diagnosed with cancer and after I heard the doctor confirm my worst fear. For example, before Emma at the age of 8 was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma, I knew blood drives took place and I knew they were important. But that’s about as far as my thought process went.

Montabella’s Charley Helmer battles through a triple-team on Tuesday night at home against Central Montcalm. Helmer scored 23 points in the Mustangs win.

Montabella pulls away in 2nd half against Central Montcalm

Montabella’s Charley Helmer and Jemikal Papendick used their size to their advantage. The two seniors combined for 43 points — 26 points in the second half — to fend off the scrappy Central Montcalm Green Hornets 71-57 in a nonleague game on Tuesday night.

Thomas Mall

GUEST VIEW: Time for DDA to 
focus on downtown Greenville

I would like to share some thoughts with you regarding our downtown community in need. For those who are not aware, I am the owner of a building in downtown Greenville. In addition, I served on the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) board prior to the addition of the western development area to the original downtown DDA area. During those prior years the DDA was successfully focused on downtown issues.

Belding’s Jesse Scheidel goes for a pin against Lakeview’s Peter Betten during the Wildcat Invitational this season.

Redskins to face tough district test

The Belding Redskins enter the MHSAA team district tournament confident, but will also face a tough road to a title.
The Redskins will meet O-K Blue rival host Comstock Park in its first match on Thursday. The winner will face the winner of GR Catholic Central and GR West Catholic in the district final.

Greenville’s Reed Cox battles with Andrew Walski of East Grand Rapids during Friday’s O-K White tournament. Cox defeated Walski with a pin in 2:45 to place third at 152 pounds.

Yellow Jackets expecting ranked Spartans in finals

Can the Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team win a seventh straight district title?
The Yellow Jackets have been preparing for a challenge tonight with a possible matchup of state ranked teams. Greenville — ranked No. 5 in Division 2 by michigangrappler.com — is expecting to see the No. 9 rated Sparta Spartans in the district final.

Elizabeth Nelson, an English teacher at Greenville High School, received her first Michigan Teacher of the Year nomination. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville teacher Elizabeth Nelson nominated for state teacher of the year

In mid-December, an English teacher at Greenville High School received a letter that gave her a humble and excited feeling. The letter was from State Superintendent Mike Flanagan, notifying Elizabeth Nelson that she was nominated for Michigan Teacher of the Year. Nelson said it took her a few times of reading the letter to realize that it was not just junk mail. 
“I was really excited,” she said.

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MEETING IN BRIEF: Vestaburg Schools

A report for the Jan. 9 Vestaburg Community School Board of Education meeting.