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County, union agree to contract

STANTON — The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a new three-year labor contract Wednesday affecting 30 county employees.

About 100 volunteers helped with the community dinner that Opportunities for Success put together for those who go without a traditional feast during the holiday season. Volunteers from left include Roger Coles, Cliff Gress, Fred Gradisher and Rick Peterson. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville community dinner a success

GREENVILLE — Opportunities for Success had a solid turnout on Wednesday for its annual community dinner at Greenville High School.


Yellow Jackets adapting to new basketball coach

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team wrapped up the 2011 portion of its season with a win over Zeeland East at the Cornerstone University Holiday Tournament on Dec. 21.
With the 50-45 win, the Yellow Jackets (4-2, 0-1) snapped a two-game losing streak. Leah Somerfield scored 17 points while Katie Dunham added 11 points in the win.

Ken and Dawn Stoll opened ComForcare Home Care in Stanton last February. They took out a line of credit with Isabella Bank. The business now has 37 clients and 40 employees, mostly part-time. Daily News/ Elisabeth Waldon

Entrepreneurship step 3: Finding financing

STANTON — When Ken and Dawn Stoll decided to purchase a home care service franchise, they did their research.
The Stolls looked at the top 12 companies in the country and chose ComForcare Home Care, a nonmedical home care agency for senior citizens and those needing help at home.

Greenville junior Miguel Nieto defends Jordan Bylsma of Byron Center during Wednesday’s game at Cornerstone University. The Yellow Jackets won 67-28.

Strong fourth lifts GHS

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team used a strong fourth quarter finish to remain undefeated this season.


Carson City-Crystal tops Hornets at Shepherd tourney

Carson City-Crystal’s boys basketball team had to come from behind for the second straight game.
The Eagles, who came from behind to beat Belding Dec. 20, came back from a halftime deficit to knock off the Central Montcalm Green Hornets 64-61 in overtime Wednesday night in the Shepherd Holiday Tournament.


Police reports – Dec. 29

BELDING — Reports from the Belding Police Department were not available this morning. GREENVILLE — Police responded to 10 complaints Tuesday and Wednesday. Incidents included: Tuesday • Drugs, N. Lafayette. Wednesday • Structure fire (building), S. Lafayette. • Suspicious and troubled calls, N. Smith. • Larceny, S. Lafayette. • General non-criminal, W. Cass. STANTON — Montcalm [...]


Funeral notices for Dec. 29, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011


OUR VIEW: Montcalm Community College is a model for tough times

There’s no secret much has been given to Montcalm Community College (MCC) — and by extension its administration, faculty and staff — over the past several years.
Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm was a strong believer in the role of community colleges and was reluctant to cut their budgets commensurate with other state-funded agencies and programs during her tenure. MCC and its peers around the state survived eight years of steady state budget cuts for eight years largely intact, aside from a cut in Renaissance Zone reimbursements a few years ago that cost MCC $300,000.

Butch and Sue Blackmer of Carson City listen as Mark Sopel, owner of Barnes True Value Hardware in Carson City, provides details on appliances in his store.  (Daily News/Cory Smith)

Business plans key for Carson City hardware store owner to manage 3 operations

CARSON CITY — Being organized enough to own and run one business in today’s economy is a challenge.
Keeping three afloat is something Mark Sopel has managed successfully for several years thanks in part to keeping to a steady business plan.