Elisabeth Waldon

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Calley

Michigan works? Future uncertain for four-county jobs agency

What’s been working for a four-county area in central Michigan for the past 35 years may not be working anymore.

The Central Area Michigan Works Consortium (CAMWC) has been in existence since 1981. The agency is unique in that it encompasses four counties — Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm — and works in conjunction with local EightCAP services.

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Grace Community Church marks 20 years in Howard City

Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformation’s preeminent priest and professor of theology, once said, “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”
The congregation of Grace Community Church also chooses to stake their confidence on grace.

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Former Detroit punk rocker to speak about award-winning book at Carson City library

A Michigan Notable Book Award winner — and former Detroit punk rocker — will make an appearance at Carson City Public Library on Saturday. Sean Madigan Hoen, a native of Dearborn, is the author of “Songs Only You Know,” a searing memoir detailing his growing-up years amidst themes of addiction, depression, the music industry and family love and loss.

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Oakfield Township Board declines Kent District Library’s offer

The Oakfield Township Board has declined a request from Kent District Library to partner with township officials to offer library services to the community. The reason? The Kent District Library’s voter-approved “ungodly big millage increase,” according to the Oakfield Township supervisor.

Irish Fest founder Clare Cunningham, right, is pictured with Hubbardston Area Historical Society Chairwoman Joanne Burns Howard. The annual Hubbardston Area Historical Society Irish Fest will take place April 17 in Hubbardston. — Courtesy photo

Hubbardston’s Irish Fest founder to be honored April 17

This year’s Hubbardston Area Historical Society Irish Fest will be dedicated to a very special person … the festival’s founder.

Clare Cunningham, who died last November, joined the Hubbardston Area Historical Society soon after its creation in 2002. Cunningham organized a fundraiser for the historical society in 2007, which has become an annually anticipated event each April in Hubbardston. This year the event is set for April 17.

Happier times: The Nelson family is pictured sometime in the 1960s, from left to right, Mary Lou, Belinda, Dale, Luanne and Betty. — Courtesy photo

‘Dad was and is my hero’: Dale Nelson’s family prepares to lay him to rest

A man of few words, strong opinions and great love for his family. That’s how Alan “Dale” Nelson is being remembered in the days leading up to his funeral after he was killed in his own home during a robbery gone terribly wrong.

Alan “Dale” Nelson’s home is located in a secluded and forested area of Nevins Lake. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Nevins Lake homicide investigation goes on as funeral is planned

Police have officially cleared the scene of a homicide on Nevins Lake, but questions remain in the forested community where neighbors are known for looking out for each other. Alan “Dale” Nelson, 80, was found dead in his home at 591 Nelson Drive on Monday afternoon. His home had been broken into, along with three other cottages on the lake. Those three other cottages were vacant, but Nelson was home and police believe he surprised the intruders who were expecting his house to be empty.

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Bloomer Township supervisor abruptly resigns

This township’s supervisor abruptly resigned from his post without explanation this month.

Remnants of a farmhouse on Bailey Road in Winfield Township continue to smolder Sunday morning after a destructive fire Saturday night. (Daily News | Elisabeth Waldon)

2 houses destroyed in fires in Howard City

Five local fire departments stayed busy from Saturday night into Sunday morning battling two separate fires which ended up destroying two residences near Howard City.

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Montcalm County sends dog kennel ordinance back to committee

Montcalm County commissioners have decided they were barking up the wrong tree regarding proposed changes to a dog kennel ordinance.

After almost an hour of public comment Monday, the board voted 7-1 to send the proposed changes back to the county’s Finance & Personnel committee for further revision.