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Members of the Michigan-based Sons of Thunder strength team include, from left, body builder Ken Etta, former Detroit Lions fullback Cory Schlesinger, national bodybuilder and team founder Dan Foor, strength athlete Mark Robb and former American Gladiator Paul Rogers. Sons of Thunder will be performing evening demonstrations at Greenville Community Church at 6:30 p.m. each night from Nov. 6 to Nov. 9.

Strength team set to perform in Greenville

Sometimes it is hard to get a kid’s attention. Rip a phone book in half or break a 3-foot thick concrete wall with your head might work, however. For the Sons of Thunder strength team, that’s exactly how they reach out to kids and adults in need of inspiration, guidance and motivation.


$40,000 in grants awarded to area agencies for children’s health care programs in 2012

The Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) Board awarded its sixth round of grants from the Meijer Children’s Health Care Fund in October. Three area organizations received a total of $40,000 for projects and equipment that will provide impoverished Montcalm County children much needed health care services.


Senior citizens get safeguards from Emmons’ committee

The Michigan Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services Committee led by Sen. Judy Emmons has approved an 18-bill package of reforms to help protect senior citizens, encourage increased reporting of elder abuse and streng-then penalties for people convicted of abusing a senior citizens.

Bailey Parmelee of Greenville jumped out to second place by the half mile mark and held her spot to qualify for Saturday’s state competition.

Parmelee qualifies for XC state final

ALLENDALE — Last spring, Bailey Parmelee of Greenville qualified for the state track meet in two events — the one mile and the two mile. She will return to the state level, but this time running a 3.1 mile race.

With a time of 17:56.50, Parmelee, a senior, placed second out of 104 entries at the Division 1 Regional 2 race at Allendale on Saturday. The top 15 contenders, along with the top three teams will compete Saturday at the state tournament at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

Wood and Waters | Ed Gilbert

Baiting has changed deer hunting

Well duh, don’t we all know that baiting has made a huge difference in deer hunting?

Sure we know it, especially those of us who are older and still remember the ‘old days.’ But, like everything else we can think of, time and tide wait for no man.

Belding’s Rachel Hunt gets ready to return a serve during a match at home this season. Districts begin on Monday at Tri County.

Belding, Lakeview, Central prep for volleyball districts

The high school district volleyball tournaments start on Monday for most of the local teams. For Belding, Lakeview and Central Montcalm they go to Tri County for their Class B district tournament.

During the community dinner that took place last year, Opportunities for Success gathered backpacks and was able to hand them out to needy students.

Need help staying in class? Greenville school fund stands ready and waiting

A special Greenville Public Schools fund is going on two decades of helping keep needy children in the classroom.
Dan Eagles, a retired counselor from Greenville Public Schools, started the program in 1993.

Keith Hudson of Greenville thrilled an audience of local hauntings around the Greenville area Thursday night. He told of local stories he had learned about after interviewing residents around the area.

The ghost girl of Baker Road

In 1966, two girls were walking along Baker Road near Palmer Drive in Eureka Township when they got hit by two cars drag racing.
One of the car drivers and one of the walkers died. But some people claim to have seen the ghost of the girl still visiting the area at night now and then to look for her missing class ring.

From left, Spectrum Health United Memorial Director of Marketing & Communications Jennifer DenOuden, Practice Manger Jodi Aniszko and United Lifestyles Executive Director Jodie Faber stand outside the new Lakeview Youth Clinic.

New Lakeview clinic to help teens, young adults

Local adolescents soon will have a new resource to receive primary medical care. The Lakeview Youth Clinic will open Thursday in the medical services building at Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital in downtown Lakeview.


Hungry? Two and a half tons of food coming

GREENVILLE — Two and a half tons of food will be distributed to needy families Monday in Greenville.
AT&T Pioneers, a group of former AT&T employees, is marking the group’s 100th anniversary by giving away 5,000 pounds of food from Feeding America West Michigan twice. A second 5,000-pound distribution will take place in November.