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OUR VIEW: Michigan back in the automotive limelight

The fortunes of an area and its neighborhood can turn on how you handle the big things.

Jim Stockton

JIM STOCKTON: What took so long, your honor?

My dog was ecstatic because Mutt Romney won the Iowa “carcass.” Being both a dog and a carnivore, it is understandable that he misinterpreted the name and mispronounced the last word. The latter is correctly rendered “crocus,” the flower of victory that Romney tucked into his lapel and carried it to far away New Hampshire. As high as Mount Utah and as buoyant as the Great Salt Lake, he strode into New Confrontation humming “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” At least, that’s what I’m given to understand.

Greenville resident Brandon Jones shows a piece of ice he has chiseled from Baldwin Lake about 40 feet from the shoreline — Daily New/Cory Smith.

PHOTOS: Michigan ice fishing ‘just not safe’

After a few quick strikes to the ice on Baldwin Lake with his chisel Tuesday, avid ice fisherman Brandon Jones penetrated through the frozen surface into the water below without much effort. “That’s not safe,” Jones said staring down at the hole he had made in the thin sheet of ice. “And it’s not fair. This is January and it’s still not safe to be out here ice fishing.”

Author Pamela Bush shows off her first novel, “Out of the Whirlwind.” — Courtesy photo

Pamela Bush will have book signing at Robbin’s Booklist

Local author Pamela Bush is signing copies of her third novel on Saturday. The event is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Robbin’s Booklist in Greenville.


Police investigate break-in at Greenville’s Handy Market

Police are seeking a suspect in a break-in Tuesday evening at the Handy Market in Greenville. A customer found the glass front door smashed Wednesday morning. Interim Greenville Public Safety Director Gary Valentine said a rock was thrown through the door of the store.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 12, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Jan. 12, 2011

Gowen resident Ben Rees embarks on his Flat River kayak trip on Wednesday, an unseasonally warm January day.

For Gowen man, nothing like a winter kayak trip down the Flat River

While there may be snow on the ground today, or at least on its way, there wasn’t any on Wednesday. In fact, temperatures hovered around the 50 degree mark, very close to the record of 52 set in 1975. Typically, mid-January average high temperatures are around 30 degrees.

Carson City-Crystal’s Garner Cusack, right, stretches during a recent practice. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Cusack helping Carson City-Crystal on the wrestling mat

One of the standout members of Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team has been defending state champion Kenneth Dittenber. He’s not the only one. Add Garner Cusack to that.

Central Montcalm’s Jesse Judge wrestles against Dakota Gogolowski of Reed City during Wednesday’s CSAA quad at Lakeview. Judge pinned Gogolowski in 3:06.

Lakeview 2-0, Central Montcalm 1-1 in league quad

The Lakeview Wildcats wrestling team hosted its only home league match of the season and did not disappoint the home crowd. The Wildcats went 2-0 in the CSAA quad with victories over Morley Stanwood (57-21) and Reed City (51-24). Lakeview improved to 14-4 with the wins.

The village of Sheridan has been working hard to clean up the former Carnation Building at M-66 and Condensery Road, pictured here in September 2010. — File photo

Sheridan to pursue grant in effort to demolish Carnation building

The wheels of government are turning slowly to demolish the Carnation Building in downtown Sheridan. Sheridan Village Council members agreed Tuesday to pursue a $400,000 Brownfield Authority Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would create a three-step process to eventually demolish the building and clean up contamination on the property.