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Patty, a 5-year-old Labrador retriever, rests her head on a witness chair in the Ionia County courtroom. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office implements Canine Advocacy Program

Even the most mature adults, when talking about being victimized by a crime, are reduced to a queasy stomach, sweaty palms, stammering answers and unwelcome tears while testifying in the sterile environment of an imposing courtroom in front of unsmiling, suit-wearing strangers. Imagine how it feels for a child.


OUR VIEW: Take a shake at sportsmanship

Thanksgiving 2012 has come and gone, the fall decorations have been put away and the Christmas ones are now out. More importantly, the rivalry football games have now mostly been played and the postseason picture is becoming a little clearer.

Ionia County Sheriff's Offices enters Palo Community Schools with a bomb dog from Clinton County and the Ionia County Intermediate School District Bob Kjolhede. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

UPDATE: No bomb found after threat at Palo Community Schools

A bomb threat displaced more than 75 students and faculty from Palo Community Schools on Wednesday afternoon. Ionia County Central Dispatch received a call at about 12:45 p.m. regarding a bomb threat at the elementary school that houses kindergarten through sixth grade.

Belding Clock Tower — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding council talks about decision to let Electrolux tear down buildings

Three weeks ago, the city of Belding and Electrolux Inc. came to an agreement on a consent judgement that will, when officially signed by a judge, serve as a guideline when Electrolux begins to decommission the original silk mill building, clock tower and other Gibson buildings at the corner of Bridge and Main streets — the oldest of which have stood since 1903.

Emergency responders tend to one of the victims involved in a two-car head-on collision before assisting them into an Air Care helicopter his morning on Sidney Road in Gowen.

Four injured in two-car accident on Sidney Road on Wednesday morning

Four people were injured in a two-car head-on collision this morning on Sidney Road just west of Johnson Road. Officials were dispatched at 7:11 a.m. to the intersection of Sidney and Johnson roads in response to the two-car accident. Officials were dispatched at 7:11 a.m. to the intersection of Sidney and Johnson roads in response to the two-car accident.

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Methamphetamine-related arrests pile up in Greenville area

Methamphetamine-related crimes are on the rise in Montcalm County, and law enforcement officials are racing to keep up with the addicts turned criminals. Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell said his officers have been working closely with the Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) and the Greenville Department of Public Safety in light of an “increase in meth-related incidents within the county, especially in the Greenville area.”

Eagles point guard Mikayla Duflo hurries the ball up the court on Tuesday night. Duflo scored a game-high 18 points.

Duflo, defense leads CC-Crystal to first victory of season

The Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team won a lot of low scoring defensive games a year ago. This year, it looks like the offense is poised to be a consistent threat. Led by Mikayla Duflo’s 18 points, the Eagles cruised to an opening night 53-29 victory over the Central Montcalm Hornets at home.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 28, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

Montabella's Gabby Larson (24) shoots over top of Chippewa Hills' Hannah Guy during the third quarter of the teams' game Tuesday night.

Montabella girls open basketball season with win

Montabella’s girls basketball team got a win, and that’s all coach Terry Larsen really cared about. “We’re always happy with a win,” he said.


ROUNDUPS: Girls basketball results from Tuesday, Nov. 27

Lakeview 60, Evart 20: The Wildcats opened the season with a win against the other Wildcats Tuesday night. Megan Leach led Lakeview with 19 points, followed by Andrea Henry with 16 and Estelle Molitor with 14…