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Hunter Chandler, 7, smiles as he plays “Catch Me if you Can” with his father, Gregory Chandler of Belding, during a two-hour event put on by Ellis Elementary School and Ionia Community Mental Health at Ellis. — Courtesy photo

Belding school partners with Ionia mental health for family fun

For many families, especially with young children in school, the adjustment of life with children at home over the holiday break can sometimes be a challenge and stressful change of pace, but hundreds of parents and children spent time together at Ellis Elementary School to learn various ways to make the transition an easier one to deal with.

Robert Brown is retiring as the longtime director of the Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health in Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Brown steps down from ‘fighting the stigma’ of mental illness

The Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health has seen many changes during Robert Brown’s tenure as executive director. Staff at the center grew from 41 employees in 1990 to 66 employees currently serving more than 1,300 Montcalm County residents each year through programs such as outpatient therapy, case management and home-based services.

Laura Shears

Eureka Township supervisor takes medical leave of absence

After winning an election and surviving a recount, the Eureka Township supervisor is taking a medical leave of absence. At Monday night’s Eureka Township Board meeting, Laura Shears recommended the board name Rodney Roy as interim supervisor and Marty Posekany as interim trustee and the board unanimously approved both recommendations, according to Roy.

Lakeview High School Principal Gary Jensen, left, introduces recent Youth Challenge graduate Preston Wirth to the Lakeview school board. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview school board hears Youth Challenge success story

Members of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education got a firsthand look Monday evening at the positive results Youth Challenge — a Battle Creek military academy — can have on “at risk” students. Lakeview High School Principal Gary Jensen introduced the board to student Preston Wirth, who recently completed six month’s training at the academy. Wirth attended Youth Challenge after Jensen suggested it following numerous school infractions on Wirth’s part.


UPDATE: No foul play suspected in Greenville woman’s death

A woman found dead in her Greenville home on Sunday did not die as a result of a violent crime, according to Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Michael Pousak. Sally May Case, 38, was found in her home on Harrison Street by her ex-husband who came to the home to pick up their 3-year-old son on Sunday afternoon. The child told his father the mother was upstairs.

Kenneth Dittenber takes an opponent to the mat at a wrestling match last season. Dittenber, now a senior at CC-C, has won a pair of individual state championships and is hoping for a third this season. — File photo

Two-time CC-C wrestling champ looks for three-peat

Carson City-Crystal senior Ken Dittenber has already done something very few Michigan wrestlers are able to do. He’s won a pair of individual state championships. This season he’s got a goal in mind after having already stood on the top tier of the podium at Kellogg Arena twice.

Corey Kohler

Lakeview girls basketball coach resigns after texting student

Those who follow Lakeview girls basketball saw a different varsity coach on the sideline last week. That’s because Corey Kohler, who coached the first game of the season in a win over Evart on Nov. 27, resigned on Dec. 4. His resignation was accepted by the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education at Monday night’s meeting.

Woodview Elementary School fifth-grader Lauren Barker, right, hands a cup of tomato soup to Belding resident Scott Gillespie during a free dinner for the community put on by students at the school. Students provided a warm cup of tomato soup, along with sandwiches and fruit punch, for those who took advantage of the free dinner at Woodview Elementary School.

Belding fifth-grader organizes free dinner to feed the hungry

With the thought in her mind that a single member of her community could go without a meal simply because they might be saving money to buy a gift for a loved one during the holiday season, one fifth-grade student at Woodview Elementary School took it upon herself Monday night to give back in a way that might feed anyone who was in need of a warm meal.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 11, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012


Greenville Public Schools meets best practices standards

A Greenville woman remains in critical condition almost two weeks after a two-vehicle collision near Gowen. Debra Wirtz, 79, is in critical condition at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. The other occupant in Wirtz’s vehicle, Annette Rendall, 55, of Greenville, has been released from the hospital.