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Arguably the oldest-living person living with a pacemaker, Mike Simmons, 68, of Greenville has had a pacemaker since 1968. — Courtesy photo

Greenville man living a healthy, battery-powered life

Mike Simmons of Greenville bicycles 30 miles every day. He also walks and eats well. These facts may not seem remarkable even for someone who is 68 years old, but what does make Simmons stand apart is that he maintains an active life after receiving a pacemaker more than 44 years ago. Life expectancy rates are difficult to gauge, as there are various types of pacemakers implanted for different conditions and, according to Simmons, records are only kept for 10 years. Based on these factors, Simmons is believed to be the longest living pacemaker patient.


Funeral Notices-Oct. 5, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

From left, Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson, Belding Fire Chief Gregg Moore and Belding Police Officer Marci Cooper, investigate the scene of an accident on M-44 on Thursday afternoon when an SUV struck a teen who was attempting to cross the road. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding cross country runner struck by vehicle, in critical condition

A 16-year-old Belding cross county student was stuck by a SUV on M-44 late Thursday afternoon. According to Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson, the male runner was part of a group of Belding cross country runners practicing around 4:18 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The teen runner was heading west on the south side of M-44 and attempted to cross M-44 at Ionia Street.

Test scores are up dramatically from those achieved by Lakeview High School just two years ago. Administrators say the improvements are the result of an entirely new approach to teaching at the school. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview High School’s ACT scores up dramatically from two years ago

There are 26 letters in the English alphabet, but “P, L and A” are three the teachers and administrators at Lakeview High School intend to never see again, at least not in that order and not when they’re referring to the school’s ACT test scores. On Aug. 16, 2010, those letters, which stand for Persistently Low Achieving, were used by the state to describe Lakeview High School students, along with students from 92 other schools throughout Michigan.


Greenville planners table request from Barn Cats

A public hearing about a special land use and site plans for outdoor sales at Barn Cats, was held at a recent Greenville Planning Commission meeting. However, the decision was tabled.

Marie Lazar’s ArtPrize entry was a digital entry, requiring visitors to sit down and play through her video game with a mouse and keyboard. Visitors who played the game were taken through a digital world designed by Lazar, featuring vivid and colorful backgrounds. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grattan Township ArtPrize contestant wows spectators with her digital entry

This year’s ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, which comes to an end this weekend, is showcasing some of the world’s most talented individuals who aim to inspire and create items more unique than the next.

A trio of Carson City-Crystal football players make a tackle during a home game against Vestaburg this season. The Eagles are 5-1 overall.

CC-Crystal to play for MSAC-South title Friday

Carson City-Crystal’s football team hasn’t won a conference title in any conference since winning the Montcalm County Championship in 1962. The Eagles could rectify that if they can beat Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart Friday in Mount Pleasant. If they beat the Irish they would clinch no worse than a share of the Mid-State Activites Conference South Division title. They could claim it outright with a win against Ashley the following week.


Redskins’ boys place first in O-K Blue Jamboree

The Belding Redskins’ boys cross country team continued its outstanding season with a first place finish in Grand Rapids on Wednesday afternoon. The Redskins finished in first place with 37 points in the O-K Blue Jamboree hosted by Wyoming. Sparta was second with 65 points and followed by Coopersville 75, Allendale 90, GR Creston 105, Wyoming 154 and Comstock Park 180.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Oct. 3

Central Montcalm 3, Newaygo 0: The Green Hornets swept the Lions in the first CSAA game the two teams have ever played, winning 25-16, 25-19, 25-11…

Oakfiled Township Fire Department and the Michigan State Police Rockford Post responded the scene of a single-vehicle accident on M-57 between Morgan Mills and Lincoln Lake Roads in Oakfield Township. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Oakfield Township crash believed to be caused by medical condition

A man was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids after crashing his vehicle on M-57. According to Kent County Central Dispatch, authorities were dispatched a little after 4 p.m., Wednesday for a single-vehicle accident on M-57 in between Morgan Mills and Lincoln Lake Roads in Oakfield Township.