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Montabella’s Cora Okkema, center, launches a shot between Lincoln Alcona’s Alleigh Sexton, left, and Karina Cole, right, during Saturday night’s game.

Lincoln Alcona buzzer shot beats Montabella

So close. The Montabella girls basketball team was five seconds away from handing Lincoln Alcona their first loss of the season, but a three-pointer at the buzzer by Karina Cole gave the Tigers a 40-38 win Saturday night.

Woods and Waters | Ed Gilbert

ED GILBERT: St. Whitetail and Christmas Eve

Each year I like to give readers a story about what it may be like when Christmas arrives in the animal’s forest world. This story may also be found in my latest book, “A Brown Trout Bicycle,” or: “Once Upon the Woods & Waters,” available through Amazon or the Kindle link.

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Central Montcalm hosts free dinner

Central Montcalm Public School is preparing to host the inaugural Winter Fest Community Dinner. The free dinner will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Central Montcalm Middle School cafeteria in Stanton.

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

MAUREEN BURNS: Six little letters … three teeny words

Sometimes it isn’t the big things in life that are the most important. I am talking words here. We think big words mean someone is smart. That may be true. However it was brought to my attention the other day, that six letters made into three teeny words, really say a lot and can make a person feel mighty proud.

Torrey Davis of Greenville dribbles his way through East Grand Rapids defenders on his way to scoring a layup Friday night at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Video: Yellow Jackets defeat East Grand Rapids 65-48

The Greenville Yellow Jackets started strong and finished even stronger against the East Grand Rapids Pioneers. Torrey Davis scored seven first half points en route to a 21-point effort as the Yellow Jackets defeated the Pioneers 65-48 on Friday night. The win gives the Yellow Jackets an early boost in the O-K White Conference race as they improved to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the league.

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OUR VIEW: Elder care needs ongoing attention

One of America’s fastest growing industries is that of nursing homes and all forms of elder care. We’ve reached the dawn of the twilight years for the baby boomer generation, the children conceived and born immediately after World War II. They have reached their retirement years, and their numbers will soon be adding to nursing home populations. They’ll be joining an already burgeoning previous generation of folks in their invasion of senior living facilities.

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Canines adopted after 22 months in Montcalm County Animal Shelter

Six puppies were confiscated as evidence of a crime and placed in the Montcalm County Animal Shelter in the summer of 2009. The dogs weren’t released until 22 months later. “This is a happy story,” said Sandra Carlton of Greenville, who helped rescue the dogs. “It was such a sad, sad story that had such a good, good ending.”

Vi Vantil of Grand Rapids Ophthalmology was the 50/50 raflle winner at the Business After Hours that was held at Thursday night at Thomas & Co. salon, owned by Thomas Smith (at right).

Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce: Chamber Check-Up

By Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Business socialites enjoy Business After Hours at Thomas & Co. More than 50 people from the Greenville area business community enjoyed an evening of games, appetizers and prizes at Thomas & Company Dec. 15. Attendees played “guess which Christmas item I am,” with winners receiving prizes and cash. The evening’s [...]

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 17, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.

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Montabella beats Sacred Heart, remains undefeated in MSAC

Montabella’s boys basketball team held on in a close game against a team coach Cam Gatrell called a rival. The Mustangs survived a late run by Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart to beat the Irish 55-54 Friday night. Gatrell said the difference was Montabella’s defense “other than (Billy) Myler getting 30.”