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Julie Stafford


Have you ever noticed how subtle things like color and music can affect your mood? As part of the gradual transition my life seems to be going through, I’ve been tuning into some of the things in my world that used to play in the background, so to speak

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

MAUREEN BURNS: Difference makers

People make a difference. Some do it positively. Some do it negatively. Chatting with some friends this morning, a name came up. It is a local woman who has made and continues to make a huge positive difference in the world, especially in our area. I am talking of Ruth Hansen.


SHORT TAKES: Winners popping up all over the place

In these struggling times, when there’s so much bad news going around, it’s a great feeling to know that we’ve got winners all around us. And significantly, but not surprisingly, the accolades have to do with education.

Justin Wilcox appeared with his defense attorney, Lori Shearer, for a preliminary examination in 64B District Court on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Farming brothers, police nab alleged wire thief in Lakeview area

An alleged irrigation wire thief was apprehended by a band of farming brothers and police troopers after being tracked 3 miles in the snow and nearly freezing to death. Justin Wilcox, 31, of Morley, appeared in 64B District Court for a preliminary hearing Tuesday afternoon. He was charged with two felonies — malicious destruction of personal property more than $1,000 and larceny more than $1,000.

Karl Van Haren

Signatures filed to recall Pierson president

Only six signatures were needed to initiate a recall against Pierson Village President Karl Van Haren. However, a total of 28 signatures have been gathered in support of the recall.


Funeral Notices for Feb. 1, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012

Greenville’s Austin Somerfield drives the ball down the lane during Tuesday’s 79-76 overtime win at East Grand Rapids.

Yellow Jackets rally, top East Grand Rapids in overtime

By looking at Greenville senior Chris Mickey, you couldn’t tell his team had blown a double-digit lead, battled back from three down with less than a minute to go and hit free throw after free throw to win in overtime. Mickey scored 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Yellow Jackets defeated the East Grand Rapids Pioneers 79-76 to remain perfect on the season.


CC-C girls roll to big win over Fulton

The 41 points the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team scored against Fulton may not look impressive, but it was the other number on the scoreboard that was.
The Eagles held the Pirates to just 11 points in 32 minutes in the 41-11 win Tuesday night.


Belding baseball to host softball in the snow

The Belding Redskins baseball team is planning to head south this spring. To help do so they are willing to get cold or at least let others get cold.
The Redskins are hosting a winter softball tournament on Feb. 11 at Demorest Field to help raise spring training funds for the program. Belding will travel to Cocoa Beach, Fla. for a week of practice this spring.


OUR VIEW: Montcalm County compensation should be considered

Montcalm County commissioners are some of the highest paid officials compared to six neighboring counties. Our commissioners earn an annual salary of $8,331, second only to Clinton County commissioners, who earn $8,694.