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Midnight Cattle Callers, a local band founded by Seth and Dee Sutton of Belding, will perform 7 p.m. Saturday at Zellie’s Opry House as part of the third annual Howard City Winterfest. The band also features Roger Brown, Luke Gitchel, Keith Hudson and Sean Hoffman. — Courtesy photo

Winterfest celebration returns to Howard City this weekend

Winter will be celebrated in the Panhandle this weekend as Winterfest returns to downtown Howard City.

The third annual event features a variety of old and new family-friendly activities Friday and Saturday. Panhandle Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marianne VanBennekom said one of the new events is a snow treasure dig at 1 p.m. Saturday near the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library. The event is for three age groups of children and features hidden treasures buried in mounds of snow.

Black plastic covers the window thieves broke to gain access into the EZ Mart sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville Mobil gas station robbed

The Mobil gas station’s EZ Mart convenience store in Greenville was broken into and robbed late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. According to lead clerk Mary Mangus, the break-in at 115 E. Washington St. (M-57) occurred between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 4 a.m. Wednesday, when the store was closed.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 19, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012

Dr. Edward Lepley

Beloved Howard City veterinarian Dr. Edward Lepley dies at 73

Dr. Edward Lepley had a way with animals — and their owners. The longtime Montcalm County veterinarian is being remembered fondly after he died last Thursday at his home in Stanwood. He was 73 years old. As a youth, Lepley excelled academically, as well as on the basketball court and football field.

Gov. Rick Snyder stands before members of the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate, delivering his second annual State of the State address Wednesday night at the State Capitol in Lansing. (Daily News/Cory Smith)

‘We must finish what we started’: Gov. Snyder looking to build on successes

Gov. Rick Snyder centered his second State of the State address Wednesday night on building on the successes of 2011 and continuing to improve in 2012. Speaking in an upbeat manner, Snyder did not announce any major changes for the upcoming year and kept his topics on issues from 2011, stating he wants to instead focus on finishing “what we started.”

Jim Stockton

JIM STOCKTON: Never mind why it’s there!

The snow fell silently and softly over two nights, most spectacularly in the game reserve immediately north of Belding. It clung to the shrubbery and trees, an exquisite latticework of branches coaxing the eye into a world of reverie. A study in black and white, it framed a canopy of enchantment, evoking memories of an old fashion magazine that featured elongated, impressionistic drawings of women, as tall as trees and as slender as serpents. Rightly or wrongly I remember it as the old “Madamasoille,” but the current “New Yorker” sports similarly drawn cartoons linked to humor beyond my ken.

Greenville’s Alec Ward, back, tries to reel in Northview’s Brandon Itema during their 130-pound match Wednesday night. Ward won by technical fall.

Greenville wrestlers win quadrangular

It may have looked easy for Greenville’s wrestling team to get a pair of wins Wednesday night, but one wasn’t so easy to do. The one that wasn’t so easy was against Northview, the host of the quadrangular. But the Yellow Jackets prevailed 46-19. They then defeated a shorthanded Grand Rapids Union team 77-3.

Greenville coach Paul Johnson, right, accepts a plaque signifying his 500th career win as a coach from Luke Gilmore (left) and Jordan Thomas, back, after the Yellow Jackets defeated Northview Wednesday night.

Greenville wrestling coach Paul Johnson gets 500th career win

Greenville wrestling coach Paul Johnson is in the annals of wrestling history now. Johnson secured his 500th career dual-meet victory Wednesday night when the Yellow Jackets beat Northview 46-19. “I thought about it. I kept thinking, I was at 482 at the start of the season,” Johnson said. “Like everybody else, I’m kind of prone to think to get to another 100 is a big deal.”

The site of the west bleachers (home side) and retaining wall bending around the corner of the south end zone have been completed as work continues on the new football stadium. — Daily News/Cory Smith

GALLERY: Construction on Greenville stadium on schedule

As construction workers begin the battle against freezing temperatures, high winds and several inches of fresh snow, progress on the new Legacy Field football stadium at Greenville High School is continuing. Superintendent Pete Haines said all work on the new stadium is on schedule and crews have yet to have to use any “weather days,” taking time off due to weather conditions thanks to a mild start to the winter season.


OUR VIEW: A promise we need to make

On Monday, The Daily News commented on the Michigan Senate Democrats proposal for a new version of the Michigan Promise, a state-of-Michigan version of the Kalamazoo Promise. Kalamazoo’s privately funded program guarantees scholarship grants to graduates of that city’s public schools.