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Kids Count report calls poverty a threat to children’s health in Montcalm County

When looking at Michigan’s long economic struggles, the evidence of the impact on children continues to add up year to year. Reflected in the new Kids Count Data Book, recently released by the Michigan League for Human Services and Michigan’s Children in Lansing, are growing statistics concerning poverty, abuse and neglect.


Funeral Notices for Feb. 6, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Feb. 6, 2012


4-year-old boy injured in Pierson Township car accident

PIERSON TOWNSHIP — A four-year-old boy is in stable condition at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids after the child was transported by AeroMed with serious injuries sustained in a weekend accident. Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies responded at 10:11 a.m. Saturday after a northbound Chrysler Town and Country minivan, driven by 35-year-old Michael Hallman [...]

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

MAUREEN BURNS: And the award goes to …

Talking to my friend, Tom Long, today, he told me he liked my column last week, but. Whenever there’s a “but,” you know that’s not going to be good. His but was, “You are too nice. You gotta get an edge. Start complaining.” So here goes.


Central rips Hesperia in ‘total team effort’

Central Montcalm’s girls basketball team was able to take advantage of an overmatched opponent Friday night.
The Green Hornets pounded the Hesperia Panthers 72-12 in a Central State Activities Association game, giving up only six field goals all game to the winless visitors.

Greenville’s Luke Gilmore battles with Lowell’s Jake Stehley during the 160-pound O-K White Conference tournament final. Gilmore won and took home his fourth straight conference title.

Yellow Jacket wrestlers second in O-K White

Every year the O-K White Conference wrestling tournament comes down to the Greenville Yellow Jackets and the Lowell Red Arrows.
This year wasn’t any different.


OUR VIEW: Incensed over ‘herbal incense’

When the Handy Market was broken into on Jan. 11, Greenville police reported energy pills and synthetic marijuana had been stolen. Synthetic what? Sold in our neighborhood? We didn’t know about this. Did you?

Kryptonite is marketed as herbal incense at local gas stations and party stores, but many teens and adults smoke the substance instead. Law enforcement officials say the product is very similar to K2 Spice, which was outlawed in Michigan in October 2010. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Kryptonite: Incense or nonsense?

The packaging is brightly colored, emblazoned with a “K” for “Kryptonite” radiating a green glow. Flavors include “Fuzzy Wuzzy,” “Juicy Fruit,” “Kottonmouf King,” “Kronik,” “Purple Haze,” “StrawVery,” “Tigers Blood” and “Water Mellow.” Prices range from $3.99 to $12.99 per gram. Each package states, “This product is not intended to be taken internally or externally by any mammal on planet earth. Not for human consumption.”

Physicians Assistant Kim Decker (left) and Nurse Karen McDonald of the West Michigan Cardiology center in Greenville show off a larger-than-scale model of the human heart.

GO RED FOR WOMEN: Heart disease is women’s worst enemy

Commonly described as the silent killer, more women die of cardiovascular disease than from the next four causes of death combined. One of the biggest contributors to that statistic is the lack of awareness of preventative measures to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to Physicians Assistant Kim Decker at West Michigan Cardiology in Greenville.

Lori Jones, right, owner of Morning Lori’s Diner & Bakery in Stanton, and manager Kelly Gleason stand with a few sweet specialities that are offered every day at the diner. This Thursday, Jones is creating special Hawaiian Island Luau-themed meals for her patrons to enjoy.

Morning Lori Diner & Bakery offers a taste of other cultures through food

Lori Jones, owner of Morning Lori Diner and Bakery in Stanton, is taking her customers around the world one dish at a time. Jones is always looking for ways to liven the atmosphere at her business, which is located on the ground floor of Hotel Montcalm on the corner of Main Street and Camburn Street [...]