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Snow shortage affects Montcalm, Ionia businesses and road crews

Residents of West Michigan welcomed the new year Sunday night with something they hadn’t seen much of this past December — snow, and lots of it. Up to three inches of fresh powder fell by this morning. Prior to Sunday night, there wasn’t much snow to be found anywhere, however.

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OUR VIEW: 2011 — the year between 2010 and 2012

It seems 2011 will go down as a gap year between major events.
We reported hundreds of stories in the 305 editions of The Daily News and the constant stream posted at www.thedailynews.cc this year. Much of it was important, but likely little of it will be remembered by our children and grandchildren decades from now.

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Greenville child welfare case ‘slipped through the cracks’

The Michigan Department of of Human Services (DHS) placed one of its supervisors on paid leave for three months after an incident involving Montcalm County Juvenile Court.
Susan Greenfelder, the former child protective services supervisor for Montcalm County DHS in Stanton, was placed on paid suspension June 9 and removed from suspension Sept. 9. She received her hourly wage of $27.10 throughout the three-month suspension.

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Remembering the top 10 stories of 2011

Fred Meijer meant a lot to Greenville and Greenville meant a lot to Fred Meijer.
The community outpouring in the wake of his death on Nov. 25 ranks as 2011’s top local news story in The Daily News.
Meijer’s father, Hendrik Meijer, founded the family’s namesake retail conglomerate in Greenville in 1934 as a modest local grocery at Lafayette and Charles streets.
Together, Fred and Hendrik Meijer launched a chain of one-stop shopping supercenters in the Grand Rapids area. After Hendrik retired, Fred expanded the chain to include 196 supercenters in five Midwest states.

The Greenville wrestling team listens to the national anthem prior to its state finals match with St. Johns in Febryary. The Yellow Jackets finished second in the state.

Top sports stories of 2011, pt. 2

As 2011 comes to a close, The Daily News is taking a look back at the top 10 local sports stories of the year. Friday we looked at 10 to four. Today we reveal the top three local sports stories of the year.
Today’s stories feature three teams from different schools. All three had tremendous success and were some of the best is school history.

A look at the final kickoff at Black Field on Oct. 14. Greenville lost to Lowell in the last high school game at the historic field.

Top sports stories of 2011, pt. 1

As 2011 comes to a close, The Daily News is taking a look back at the top 10 local sports stories of the year. We will count down from 10 to four today and reveal the top three local sports stories of the year tomorrow.
Today’s stories feature six teams from four schools, three individuals from two schools and a football field that played host to its final high school football game.

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One year ending, another opening

I don’t remember getting a year older, but I just glanced at a calendar and here I am.
And as I’ve heard said, “Wherever you go, there you are!” Ah, but rather than say that the glass is almost empty we can at least observe that it will soon be full again. A new year and a bunch of new experiences, good or bad, is soon upon us.

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Greenville wins Cornerstone holiday tourney

GRAND RAPIDS — The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team won its sixth straight game with a dominating second half performance. The Yellow Jackets (6-0) used an 18-4 third quarter run to propel themselves to a 67-47 victory over Forest Hills Central (3-2) in the championship game of the Gold Division at the Cornerstone University [...]

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Huckleberry’s Restaurant plans 20th anniversary festivities

Linda and Mike Huckleberry of Huckleberry’s Restaurant in Greenville are planning a celebration for their business’ 20th anniversary Saturday, Jan. 14. Watch for a feature story on the business in The Daily News next week.

Niles Thompson, left, and Bob Gilman opened their new business — Lake Montcalm Auto & Boat Center in Six Lakes — Labor Day weekend and have been busy ever since.

New Lake Montcalm Boat & Auto Center in Six Lakes enjoying ‘explosion’ of business

SIX LAKES — When a Montcalm County area marine shop went out of business Bob Gilman came up with an idea to start his own business, visioning more than just a marine supply and boat storage shop. With four big buildings on 30 acres of property five miles south of Six Lakes, Gilman and his [...]