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OUR VIEW: Homeland Security snow cones: What will they think of next?

We can all sleep soundly tonight knowing that when disaster strikes, Montcalm County is armed and ready to deploy its… snow cone machine? That’s right, a snow cone machine.


Belding OKs bylaws, guidelines for historic district

Belding’s Historic District Commission is one step closer to becoming an official city committee. Members of the Belding City Council approved bylaws, rules of procedure and guidelines under which the commission will operate.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Russell investigates a call of shots fired Tuesday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon.

Police believe call of shots fired in Gowen was fake

A man with alleged mental health issues told police an acquaintance fired a shotgun at him before fleeing into the woods. But police are skeptical of the report and have no evidence suggesting a shooting ever took place. Sheriff Bill Barnwell said deputies responded to a call of a possible shooting around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Johnson and Holland Lake roads.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 7, 2011

Read The Daily News funeral notices for Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011.

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Gun fired after domestic dispute in Douglass Township

A man fired a gun after a domestic disturbance in Pine Township on Wednesday.
Montcalm County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Waber said a boyfriend and girlfriend were arguing around 10:40 a.m. in a mobile home at 5414 W. Briggs Road when a gun discharged.

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Santa’s Super Sunday features children’s activities, visits with St. Nick

Sunday was a busy day of crafts, clowns, cookies and carnival games at Montcalm Community College (MCC). But Santa was the star. The college hosted its 30th Santa’s Super Sunday, an annual event dating back to 1981.

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Mustangs pressure leads second half comeback

The Lakeview Wildcats started quick, but in the end it was the Montabella Mustangs’ defense that took over to lead a comeback win on the hardcourt. Montabella found themselves down 29-21 at the half, but outscored the Wildcats 41-24 in the second half to open the boys basketball season with a 62-53 win.

Lakeview’s Robbie Roberts tries to turn his opponent for a pin during a match last season. Roberts will be wrestling at 125 pounds this year.

Wildcat wrestlers have high expectations for this season

After a 16-19 record a year ago the Lakeview Wildcats wrestling program feels like they are on its way up. Lakeview’s coaching staff and wrestlers have high expectations as the season gets underway on Wednesday. David Blaser returns for his second season as Wildcats’ head coach. Blaser added more experience to his coaching staff with J.J. Johnson, Jake Johnson and Dillon Kern.

Don Godell retired as Montcalm County Sheriff in 2000. He died Monday morning at his home in Florida. — File photo

A ‘cops cop’: Former Montcalm County Sheriff Godell dies in Florida

Former Sheriff Don Godell worked a 43-year law enforcement career spanning the mean streets of Detroit to the relatively tranquil back country of Montcalm County. Godell, who served 15 years as Montcalm County’s sheriff, died Monday morning at his home in Florida. He was 79.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 6, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.