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High schoolers get easier access to college classes

The Michigan Senate approved four bills last week sponsored by Sen. Judy Emmons to expand opportunities for high school freshmen and sophomores and nonpublic students to take public community college and university courses.

Daily News/Lori Hansen  Miss Michigan Elizabeth Wertenberger and A.J. Stephens paddle at the start of their four and a half hour canoe adventure on the Flat River from Greenville to Belding.

Local pageant contestants complete Adventurous Journey on canoe, bike

GREENVILLE — Most people think of pageant contestants as parading around in sparkling gowns and tiaras or waving in parades.

Daily News/Kelli Ameling  Spectrum Health United Memorial President Tina Freese-Decker, left, talks with nurse Karrie Lenon about the new telemetry monitor system at the nurse’s station.

New hospital president charts a course to ‘exceed in excellence’

The vision and mission of Spectrum Health brought Tina Freese-Decker from Iowa to Michigan. Tina Freese-Decker came to accept a fellowship at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.

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Belding senior recognized as paralympic ‘All-American’

To Belding High School senior Erik Doty, the phrase “blessing in disguise” has a unique meaning. On Oct. 27, 2008, Erik was riding to school in the passenger seat of his brother Kevin’s truck while his cousin, Wade, sat in the back. But the three never made it to school.

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Greene murder mystery hits one-year mark

  STANTON — One year ago Friday, Howard City firefighters made a gruesome discovery in the basement of a Whitefish Lake home: The bodies of Michael and Kathleen Greene. Today, police are still trying to piece together who is responsible the couple’s murders. Sheriff Bill Barnwell said his department has been receiving and investigating numerous [...]

Montabella’s Derek Martin carries the ball during the first half of a 38-22 playoff win at Burton Bendle on Saturday. Martin rushed for 67 yards.

VIDEO: Montabella wins first playoff game

First the Montabella Mustangs set a school record for most wins in a season with eight. Then they earned the school’s first ever football playoff victory on Saturday.

The Mustangs dominated the second half of a 38-22 victory over Burton Bendle in the first round of the MHSAA football playoffs.

Members of the Michigan-based Sons of Thunder strength team include, from left, body builder Ken Etta, former Detroit Lions fullback Cory Schlesinger, national bodybuilder and team founder Dan Foor, strength athlete Mark Robb and former American Gladiator Paul Rogers. Sons of Thunder will be performing evening demonstrations at Greenville Community Church at 6:30 p.m. each night from Nov. 6 to Nov. 9.

Strength team set to perform in Greenville

Sometimes it is hard to get a kid’s attention. Rip a phone book in half or break a 3-foot thick concrete wall with your head might work, however. For the Sons of Thunder strength team, that’s exactly how they reach out to kids and adults in need of inspiration, guidance and motivation.

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$40,000 in grants awarded to area agencies for children’s health care programs in 2012

The Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) Board awarded its sixth round of grants from the Meijer Children’s Health Care Fund in October. Three area organizations received a total of $40,000 for projects and equipment that will provide impoverished Montcalm County children much needed health care services.

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Senior citizens get safeguards from Emmons’ committee

The Michigan Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services Committee led by Sen. Judy Emmons has approved an 18-bill package of reforms to help protect senior citizens, encourage increased reporting of elder abuse and streng-then penalties for people convicted of abusing a senior citizens.

Bailey Parmelee of Greenville jumped out to second place by the half mile mark and held her spot to qualify for Saturday’s state competition.

Parmelee qualifies for XC state final

ALLENDALE — Last spring, Bailey Parmelee of Greenville qualified for the state track meet in two events — the one mile and the two mile. She will return to the state level, but this time running a 3.1 mile race.

With a time of 17:56.50, Parmelee, a senior, placed second out of 104 entries at the Division 1 Regional 2 race at Allendale on Saturday. The top 15 contenders, along with the top three teams will compete Saturday at the state tournament at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.