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TIM SKUBICK: Michigan’s dark spotlight

As a general rule, Michigan governors and other politicians just love it when the state gets national publicity … except when it stinks.

“Four Students Gunned Down in Oxford High School.”

“Michigan is Number One in Average Daily COVID cases.”

Greenville boys basketball mounts 13-point comeback, beats Belding, 61-41, in rivalry showdown

Friday’s basketball game at Greenville High School had everything a fan could want.

It was a rivalry game for the Yellow Jackets against Belding in a game that had some words exchanged between the players and students sections alike. It was a return to Greenville High School for Zach Ingles, the Jackets’ all-time leading scorer, now as Belding’s head coach. It even featured Belding senior forward Mac Richard playing against his former school, as he donned the purple and the gold just last year.

Sports roundup for Dec. 11, 2021

Sports roundup for Dec. 11, 2021

AMISH COOK: A very minty Christmas from the Yoders

These damp chilly days leave us extra thankful for occasional sunshine.

I had promised the children I’d help them rake leaves in the woods, making winding trails uphill and down like I did when I was a little girl. I can still feel the freedom of all my little worries melting away, as I breathed the cool air laden with the smell of crisp maple leaves, running hither and yon through our maze of paths.

STEVE MERREN: A funny time for fungus

Falling farther away from fall and descending deeper into the depths of winter would seem to be a curious time to be hunting for mushrooms, but one of Michigan’s finest mushrooms can often be found hiding amongst the white backdrop of the snow-covered forest.

Helping ‘at its finest’

Shop with a Hero event brings Christmas joy — and plenty of gifts — to area children in need

As Morgan Cox walked up and down the aisles of his local Walmart on Thursday, the 10-year-old did so with a sense of joy and excitement not normally felt in a typical shopping trip. 

Joining the fifth-grade Greenville student was Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Dennis Magirl, who not only assisted Morgan in picking out gifts for his mother, father, 4-year-old sister, and of course, himself, but provided an unforgettable experience. 

Judge dismisses AG’s case against Lowell police officer

An Ionia County Circuit Court judge on Thursday dismissed a Michigan Attorney General’s case against a former Lowell police officer relating to shooting at a fleeing vehicle, ruling that the officer should not be treated as an ordinary citizen.

The judge admitted that her ruling may be “blazing new territory.”

Greenville’s ‘perfect gentleman’ 

Former mayor, county commissioner remembered for kindness, community passion 

Throughout nearly every decade of his long life, Ron Blanding lived as a man whose commitment to serve his community never faded over time.

Blanding died on Dec. 4 at Hathaway Hills Assisted Living. He was 93 years old.

MAUREEN BURNS: Fruitcake: What do ya think?

Rodney Dangerfield was famous for the line, “I get no respect.”

Which, at this time of year, reminds me of the fruitcake. Talk about not getting any respect. The poor fruitcake is not only not respected; it is maligned, demeaned and shunned.