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The stars may seem brighter in Crystal Township, but that’s only in part because several of the Christmas decorations in town, such as this candy cane, were in the dark due to the removal of a power line and meter that have electricity to a number of decorations hung throughout the township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

After brief outage, Christmas lights restored in Crystal

Christmas decorations have been hung and holiday spirits are high in downtown Crystal, but as evening hours approached, the colorful decorative displays were left in the dark. At Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, Supervisor Chris Johnston informed the audience that due to work performed by Consumers Energy in the spring, several of the power lines providing energy to various Christmas decorations are no longer functional.

A battle for a rebound takes place between Carson City-Crystal’s Kaleb Barrett (13), Coleman’s Jarid Walton (behind Barrett) and Carson City-Crystal’s Grant Gage (23) during Thursday’s game. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Schneider notches first win with CC-Crystal

It didn’t take lone for Cory Schneider to notch his first win as Carson City-Crystal boys basketball coach. One game in fact.

Greenville’s Stephen Hilliker goes for a pin against Byron Center during Wednesday’s home match. Hilliker pinned Bryon Biles in 1:40. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville opens wrestling year with pair of victories

With no returning state placers and only a handful of seniors, the Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team is as inexperienced as any of its teams in the past several seasons. Still, saying Greenville is rebuilding would be inaccurate. The team is plenty talented, very well coached and in line to win a ninth consecutive district championship this year. A four-year regional championship run ended last season.

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Tri County, Belding wrestlers open 2-0

The 2014-2015 high school wrestling season got under way on Wednesday night. Tri County hosted a nonconference quadrangular with Belding, Kent City and Lakeview competing.

Firefighters respond to a structure fire at 5:20 p.m. Thursday at 1300 Moore St. in Greenville to a structure fire at West Michigan Compounding. No one was injured. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fire extinguished at West Michigan Compounding

Firefighters from the Greenville Department of Public Safety responded at 5:20 p.m. Thursday to a structure fire at West Michigan Compounding, located at 1300 Moore St. in Greenville.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 12, 2014

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Shop With A Hero: Greenville officers go Christmas shopping with local youths

It is the time of year when giving is most prevalent and the Greenville Department of Public Safety, along with Walmart, decided to give less fortunate area youth a night to obtain some holiday gifts.

On Wednesday, 31 Greenville youths joined various public safety officers and headed to Walmart for Shop with a Hero. Coordinated by the Greenville DPS, children joined police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians from around the county to do a little holiday shopping. Even Santa Claus and two merry elves showed up to spread some cheer.

Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gae Wolfe and Beamer’s Tanning & More owner Wendy Gladding show off a Local Loot certificate. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Local Loot: Greenville Chamber rolls out holiday shopping program

When it comes to purchasing gifts for the holidays, Greenville’s merchants say there is no better place to buy than local shops.

“We want local businesses to thrive and be successful,” said Beamer’s Tanning & More Owner Wendy Gladding. “I just think it’s really important.”

Members of the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees discuss Tuesday evening the possibility of extending a bike trail from the college to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC Board supports proposed campus bike trail

A new path is being sought to bring visitors to the campus of Montcalm Community College (MCC), one pedal at a time.

The Fred Meijer Heartland Trail stretches 40 miles from Alma to Greenville and plans are now in the works to add an important stop along the way.

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Lakeview joins Montcalm Economic Alliance

In recent months, many communities have banded together in an effort to change Montcalm County’s economic fortunes. On Monday, Lakeview became one of these when the Lakeview Village Council approved a three-year commitment to the Montcalm Economic Alliance.