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Grace Bradley (Kaitlyn Denevan) reads the Christmas story aloud to the Herdman children, who hear it for the very first time. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Greenville community center presents ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

The church Christmas pageant is an annual event with the same story presented the same way. Frankly, it has gotten to be a little boring. This year, the pageant is anything but boring. It’s the “Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The Greenville Area Community Center is presenting the classic play this weekend.

Jim Stockton

JIM STOCKTON: The day we declare it to be

There is magic and mystery to a predawn winter’s day. I rediscovered that last week, waking up to a full moon as gold and round as a freshly baked soda biscuit. A mantle of fresh snow responded in glistening blue-white. Sparkles of color twinkled skyward, subtly enhanced by the steady glow of crystallized fireflies. They had frozen to death with their lights on.

Rose Hyde has been selected as the new Montcalm Township treasurer. She is looking forward to working with the township board in harmony to help better serve the township. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Montcalm Township hires new treasurer

Seeing the township work in harmony is goal for the new township treasurer. On Dec. 1, the Montcalm Township Board had a special meeting to hire Rose Hyde as the township treasurer.


OUR VIEW: Daily News snow cone story went viral

Don’t let that headline fool you, our snow cones are just as safe as anyone’s. Thanks to our coverage a lot more people know that our first responders can get a snow cone thanks to a grant from the Michigan Homeland Security Program. The story truly went viral — as in a national sensation.

Mute swans swim in Indian Lake near Howard City in 2009. The U.S. Department of Agriculture removed 53 of them from Lincoln Lake at the request of the lake property owners association. — File photo

Swan cull makes way for native species at Lincoln Lake

Kay Akkerhuis enjoyed seeing dozens of swans when she looked out her window across the street from the south end of Lincoln Lake. She won’t be able to see nearly as many swans after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services Division killed 53 of the 55 mute swans that made the lake their home.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 15, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011

A century-old Lakeview barn fire’s cause remains unknown more than three weeks later. The barn was located behind the home of Robert and Ayla Noah. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Cause of Lakeview barn fire remains a mystery

A Lakeview barn fire’s origin remains unknown more than three weeks after the blaze. A century-old barn burned to the ground the night of Nov. 22 behind the home of Robert and Ayla Noah at 9648 N. Satterlee Road just north of M-46.


United Solar parent company to skip loan payment

The parent company of United Solar Ovonic has announced that it will skip a loan payment while negotiations with lenders continue.
Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (ECD) was supposed to pay interest charges on Thursday but will defer, taking advantage of a 30-day grace period allowed in the loan.

Montabella students Rebekah Irani and Logan Burns pet one of the Mid-Michigan Working Dogs at Teen Summit at Montabella Junior/Senior High School on Dec. 7. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Bullying expert speaks at Montabella Teen Summit

“Sticks and stones will break your bones, and names WILL hurt you,” said Ron Glodoski, a national expert on bullying, resiliency, and drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse. “How many people in this room have ever teased another kid or been teased by another kid?” Glodoski asked the Teen Summit audience at Montabella Junior/Senior High School on Dec. 14.

Lucas Emmons of Central Montcalm runs for a 62-yard touchdown during the second quarter against Manistee this season. Tyler James earned all-state honorable for helping to open up holes on the offensive line — File photo

Central Montcalm’s Tyler James honored for football

Tyler James was honored as a junior last year for his play on the offensive line of Central Montcalm’s football team. This season he tripled his accolades, getting a Division 5-6 first-team all-state selection from the Detroit Free Press and being named honorable mention in Division 5-6 by the Associated Press and the Detroit News.