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Montabella football game canceled

The Montabella Mustangs will not be playing a football game on Friday. At least an official game. The Mustangs were set to host Manistee Catholic Central, but the Sabers had to forfeit the game due to a lack of players. The same reason was cited when the Carson City-Crystal Eagles had two games canceled last year, one against Manistee Catholic Central and the other against Ashley.

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THE REVIEW: Blashill ready for third season with Griffins

It was a moment that will be remembered by West Michigan hockey fans for years to come. Seventeen years following the decision by the DeVos and Van Andel families to bring hockey to Grand Rapids, the city watched as the Grand Rapids Griffins prepared to close out game six of the 2013 Calder Cup Championship against the Syracuse Crunch in Syracuse, New York.

Administrators for United Way Montcalm-Ionia had plenty of information available for those who stopped by a free barbecue Wednesday at the organization’s headquarters in Fenwick. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

United Way Ionia/Montcalm kicks off fundraising efforts with barbecue

The weather was uncooperative but spirits were high at a kickoff barbecue held Wednesday afternoon for organizers and volunteers of this year’s United Way fundraising effort in Montcalm and Ionia counties at the organization’s headquarters in Fenwick.

Crystal Township Board members, from left, Trustee Kurt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston and Clerk Bob Naumann discuss several purchases made by the township Wednesday evening at the Crystal Township Community Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township Board OKs road, police millages

After voters took to the polls in August, there’s no question that funds are now available for police services in Crystal Township. How those funds will be spent, however, is a question yet to be answered.

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Funeral Notices Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

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Northview’s Alex Mendez scores from this corner kick for a 4-0 advantage late in the first half. Mendez scored three goals in the Wildcats victory. - Bruce Bentley

Northview soccer shuts down Yellow Jackets 5-0

The Greenville Yellow Jackets were coming off a dominating 6-1 win over the Lowell Red Arrows in its last game. With a 3-2 record, the Yellow Jackets were off to one of their better starts in recent seasons. On Tuesday, perennial powerhouse Northview made the trip to Greenville, which would be a great game to gauge how good these Yellow Jackets really were.

From left, Lakeview Community Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, Tri County Area Schools Superintendent Allen Cumings and MCC President Bob Ferrentino discuss the “hybrid college” arrangement between the two school districts and the college Tuesday evening during the monthly MCC Board of Trustees meeting in Pierson Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

TC, Lakeview start joint ‘hybrid’ early college program with MCC

Montcalm Community College strives to help students from throughout the area, and those efforts wouldn’t be complete without a dedicated reach to the county’s panhandle area. The MCC Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting at the college’s Panhandle Area Center just south of Howard City on Tuesday evening to provide an update on the college’s involvement in the area.

One of the more popular visitors to the Baldwin Heights Elementary School walk-a-thon kickoff assembly assembly was Workout Walsh, an energetic exercise instructor who looked eerily similar to Principal Mike Walsh. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Baldwin Heights rallies students for upcoming walk-a-thon fundraiser

With a goal of raising $20,000 this year, Baldwin Heights Elementary kicked off its Walk-a-Thon fundraiser event Tuesday with a student assembly. With surprise visits from Griff, the Grand Rapids Griffins mascot, and Louie the Laker, the Grand Valley University mascot, Greenville High School football players and members of the Flat River Dance Company, the event was a pep rally of sorts to promote the fundraising event to students.

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Ionia, Montcalm counties get new 4-H coordinators

Ionia and Montcalm counties have new 4-H coordinators, but they are no longer sharing. Nicole Grabowski is Ionia County’s new coordinator while Tarin Minkel is Montcalm County’s new coordinator. They both fill the vacancy left by former Ionia-Montcalm coordinator Rebecca McCafferty, who resigned in mid-June to take another 4-H position in Florida. McCafferty had worked as 4-H coordinator for both Ionia and Montcalm counties, part-time in each county.

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Funeral Notices Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

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