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Lakeview’s Robbie Roberts tries to turn his opponent for a pin during a match last season. Roberts will be wrestling at 125 pounds this year.

Wildcat wrestlers have high expectations for this season

After a 16-19 record a year ago the Lakeview Wildcats wrestling program feels like they are on its way up. Lakeview’s coaching staff and wrestlers have high expectations as the season gets underway on Wednesday. David Blaser returns for his second season as Wildcats’ head coach. Blaser added more experience to his coaching staff with J.J. Johnson, Jake Johnson and Dillon Kern.

Don Godell retired as Montcalm County Sheriff in 2000. He died Monday morning at his home in Florida. — File photo

A ‘cops cop’: Former Montcalm County Sheriff Godell dies in Florida

Former Sheriff Don Godell worked a 43-year law enforcement career spanning the mean streets of Detroit to the relatively tranquil back country of Montcalm County. Godell, who served 15 years as Montcalm County’s sheriff, died Monday morning at his home in Florida. He was 79.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 6, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.

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SHORT TAKES: Christmas Pops a yearly favorite

One of the area’s most prestigious seasonal events occurs this coming Wednesday evening when the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra returns to Greenville High School’s Performing Arts Center for the 11th annual Christmas Pops Spectacular.

Tyson Sawyer on his decannulation day, which is when his tracheotomy tube came out permanently. — File photo

Edmore boy winning an uphill battle since birth

Tyson Sawyer spent much of his young life just struggling to breathe, let alone develop like a normal youngster. But he is stronger than ever now at age 5.

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2-1-1 service starts for Montcalm, Ionia counties

A new resource line is available in Montcalm and Ionia Counties for people to dial when they have questions. 2-1-1 is set up for anyone to use for free to get connected to information about critical health and human services available in each county.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 5, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Dec. 5, 2011.

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Fishing for those winter steelhead

From all indications we’re about to have one of those unpredictable winters, where ice fishing on the lakes will be a little iffy. At least in central and southern Michigan.

We’ll likely have a freeze, a meltdown, and even some rain mixed in with snow, making us cautious about safety on the ice.

Belding’s McKenzie Breimayer fires a shot during the first half on Friday night against Greenville. The Yellow Jackets won 39-13.

Greenville’s defense leads to victory over Belding

In a game marred by fouls and missed free throws it was the Greenville Yellow Jackets defense that stood out. The Yellow Jackets held the Belding Redskins to three field goals in a 39-13 victory on Friday night at Redskins Arena. The two teams combined for 46 fouls and 56 free throws.

Lakeview’s Andrea Henry (3) is hit on the hand by Ithaca’s Lyndsey Lehman (52) as she goes up for a shot during Friday’s game.

Big starts push Lakeview past Ithaca

Thanks to a couple of big runs that opened quarters, Lakeview’s girls basketball team had a big win Friday night. The Wildcats won their second game of the season when they beat the Ithaca Yellowjackets 55-30 Friday night in the Yellowjackets’ season-opener.