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Bailey Parmelee of Greenville jumped out to second place by the half mile mark and held her spot to qualify for Saturday’s state competition.

Parmelee qualifies for XC state final

ALLENDALE — Last spring, Bailey Parmelee of Greenville qualified for the state track meet in two events — the one mile and the two mile. She will return to the state level, but this time running a 3.1 mile race.

With a time of 17:56.50, Parmelee, a senior, placed second out of 104 entries at the Division 1 Regional 2 race at Allendale on Saturday. The top 15 contenders, along with the top three teams will compete Saturday at the state tournament at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

Wood and Waters | Ed Gilbert

Baiting has changed deer hunting

Well duh, don’t we all know that baiting has made a huge difference in deer hunting?

Sure we know it, especially those of us who are older and still remember the ‘old days.’ But, like everything else we can think of, time and tide wait for no man.

Belding’s Rachel Hunt gets ready to return a serve during a match at home this season. Districts begin on Monday at Tri County.

Belding, Lakeview, Central prep for volleyball districts

The high school district volleyball tournaments start on Monday for most of the local teams. For Belding, Lakeview and Central Montcalm they go to Tri County for their Class B district tournament.

During the community dinner that took place last year, Opportunities for Success gathered backpacks and was able to hand them out to needy students.

Need help staying in class? Greenville school fund stands ready and waiting

A special Greenville Public Schools fund is going on two decades of helping keep needy children in the classroom.
Dan Eagles, a retired counselor from Greenville Public Schools, started the program in 1993.

Keith Hudson of Greenville thrilled an audience of local hauntings around the Greenville area Thursday night. He told of local stories he had learned about after interviewing residents around the area.

The ghost girl of Baker Road

In 1966, two girls were walking along Baker Road near Palmer Drive in Eureka Township when they got hit by two cars drag racing.
One of the car drivers and one of the walkers died. But some people claim to have seen the ghost of the girl still visiting the area at night now and then to look for her missing class ring.

From left, Spectrum Health United Memorial Director of Marketing & Communications Jennifer DenOuden, Practice Manger Jodi Aniszko and United Lifestyles Executive Director Jodie Faber stand outside the new Lakeview Youth Clinic.

New Lakeview clinic to help teens, young adults

Local adolescents soon will have a new resource to receive primary medical care. The Lakeview Youth Clinic will open Thursday in the medical services building at Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital in downtown Lakeview.

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Hungry? Two and a half tons of food coming

GREENVILLE — Two and a half tons of food will be distributed to needy families Monday in Greenville.
AT&T Pioneers, a group of former AT&T employees, is marking the group’s 100th anniversary by giving away 5,000 pounds of food from Feeding America West Michigan twice. A second 5,000-pound distribution will take place in November.

Montabella coach David Clay, background, watches his linemen use a blocking sled during a practice Wednesday afternoon.

Players disappointed with road game

Montabella’s football team finished the season 8-1, and most people — including the players and coaches — thought the Mustangs would be the host for a first-round game.

Montabella’s Derek Martin kicks off during a drill in Wednesday’s practice.

Martin: Seniors stepped up

Montabella’s football team isn’t all about the passing game between quarterback Charles Helmer and receiver Jemikal Papendick.
Derek Martin has been toting the rock for the Mustangs this season, and is second on the team in rushing attempts and yards. He has 515 yards on 70 carries so far this season, which trails only Logan Burns’ 84 carries for 535 yards.

Receiver Jemikal Papendick (right) brushes away the attempted tackle of Dustin Couser during Wednesday’s practice.

Mustangs ready for playoff road battle

A 2010 season-ending four game winning streak set the wheels in motion for a record breaking Montabella Mustang football season in 2011. Finishing 4-5 overall last year ended the Mustangs run of two straight playoff appearances and was the first missed postseason under coach David Clay. The losing record gave the Mustangs new motivation and dedication to return to the playoffs.