Cory Smith


IN BRIEF: Grattan Township board approves one reimbursement, denies another

Members of the Grattan Township Board voted unanimously to approve a request for reimbursement Monday evening, without taking action on an additional requests.

The Whitten family, from left, father Nathan, daughter Rylie, mother Jill and son Kyle, are once again home as a complete family after Rylie spent several weeks in intensive care at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital battling and overcoming toxic shock syndrome.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rylie Whitten’s family aims to bring awareness to toxic shock syndrome

As Greenville High School sophomore Rylie Whitten, 15, continues to recover from the effects of toxic shock syndrome (TSS), her family is now hoping others can learn from her situation.

Whitten spent several weeks at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids after she contracted the infection, which nearly killed her as she landed on life support.

Greenville High School sophomore Rylie Whitten, 15, plays the guitar in her bedroom Thursday afternoon. Whitten has returned home after spending several weeks in intensive care at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital battling and overcoming toxic shock syndrome.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rylie Whitten recovering at home after toxic shock syndrome

Rylie Whitten walked through a set of doors Thursday evening that she has passed through countless times before, and yet, this particular instance felt strange, and somehow, unfamiliar. It had been since December that the Greenville High School sophomore, 15, had last entered the school, since she had previously walked through the corridors of purple and gold, surrounded by her friends, classmates and teachers.

Central Montcalm High School senior Sawyer Bartz, 17, takes a moment to reread the letter from Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, who recommended him for appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm senior aiming to attend U.S. Military Academy

Sawyer Bartz was visibly nervous as he sat in a waiting room, having arrived early for an important interview, when a man dressed in a suit and tie approached him. The man seated himself beside Bartz, and politely asked what it was he was waiting for.

“I’m just sitting here waiting for my nomination interview,” he said. “I’m hoping to be appointed to West Point.”

Greenville’s new Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer, Michael Beach, introduces himself to members of the Greenville City Council during Tuesday evening’s council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville hires new tax roll assessor

Michael Beach has been assessing at a number of municipalities for more than 15 years, but now he’s ready to do it a little closer to home. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously to hire Beach, who lives a short distance north of the city, as the new Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer (MAAO) to develop, sign and supervise the city’s tax roll annually.


Greenville buys new drop boxes for snow removal

Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to purchase two drop boxes for the city’s Public Services Department. The boxes will be used on the city’s pick-up trucks to spread salt during the snow removal process.

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‘Back to square one’ with Crystal Township library relocation

Of the three parties involved in the possible relocation of the Crystal Community Library, one has officially removed itself from the equation.

During the Jan. 19 Carson City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously not to sign an agreement with the Crystal Township Board of Trustees to approve relocating the Crystal Community Library.

Little remains on the west end of a mobile home at 6033 E. Tamarack Road in Richland Township after it was destroyed in a fire Friday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Richland Township house destroyed in fire; no one injured

A mobile home was destroyed in a Friday morning fire with the cause of blaze still undetermined.

Firefighters from the Richland Township Fire Department responded to a call at 10:51 a.m. at 6033 E. Tamarack Road, about six miles northeast of downtown Edmore.

Porsche, a golden retriever puppy, is the third dog to be taken in by Greta Wilker as a Paws for Cause puppy in training to be a service dog. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding senior trains puppies for Paws with a Cause

Juggling four sports and sitting at the top of her class with a 4.12 GPA, there’s not much outside of school that Greta Wilker has time for.

That is, until the Belding High School senior stares into the eyes of her golden retriever puppy, Porsche, who stares back with an equal amount of love and affection.

Belinda Nelson, left, daughter of the late Alan “Dale” Nelson, wipes away tears as she gives an emotional statement Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court directed at Alan Morse, center, who was sentenced for Nelson’s murder. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Alan Morse sentenced up to 75 years for the murder of Dale Nelson

A Sidney Township man was sentenced to up to 75 years in prison Thursday for murdering an elderly man last spring at Nevins Lake. Alan Morse, 48, was sentenced to from 26 to 75 years in prison for the murder of Alan “Dale” Nelson.