Mike Taylor

It’s finally official: Nelson’s Speed Shop is being sold to Lakeside Motor Sports. Current owner Jack Nelson, pictured here, first opened the business about 43 years ago. If all goes according to plan, the final paperwork will be signed and the deal finalized on Friday. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Mecosta’s Lakeside Motor Sports to purchase Nelson’s Speed Shop

One of the area’s most popular stops for outdoor sporting gear and lawn care products will change hands Friday. Jack Nelson, owner of Nelson’s Speed Shop confirmed Tuesday that the rumors heard around town for the past several weeks, that the business is being sold to Lakeside Motor Sports, are indeed true.

The snowmobile first gained popularity in the 1950s. Sleds from the past 50 years were on display Saturday at the Winterfest snowmobile show in Lakeview. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Classic sleds highlight Lakeview Winterfest

Nature took its toll on this year’s Winterfest in Lakeview, held Saturday. Many planned events were canceled because, ironically, of both warm weather and cold.

Former Greenville resident Larry Schofield is seen spending some quality time with one of his grandchildren, Devon Kelly. Schofield was killed by a drunk driver in the state of Wyoming in November 2012. — Courtesy photo

ON THE RECORD: Sentencing date set for drunken driver who killed former Greenville man

A former Greenville resident’s life came to an abrupt halt on Nov. 18, 2012, when he was killed by an intoxicated driver on Interstate 90.

Cliff Copeland had been mostly paralyzed from the neck down for more than a year when he met Denise Chambers, the woman who would eventually become his wife. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton couple shares unique love story

Most love stories don’t begin with an accident that leaves one of the lovers paralyzed from the neck down. This one does. And against all odds, it ends with a happily ever after.

Jenny Bennett prepares her old-fashioned baked goods while her grandson, Daniel, looks on. On the menu today is homemade Cannonsville Road Caramel Nut Popcorn. “It takes over two hours, start to finish,” said Bennett, “but the results are so much better than store-bought.”

BUSINESS BEAT: Bennett opens new Blue Ribbon Bakery in Belding

Jenny Bennett has always had a flair for baking; she describes it not only as a hobby, but as “a way of life.” She’s happiest, she says, when she’s in the kitchen, the rich, sweet smells of yeast and sugar dusting the oven-warmed air.

Shannon Trip of Montcalm Community College shared information about the school’s early college program with members of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education at Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview school board again considers early college program

Members of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education are again considering an early college program being offered to the district by Montcalm Community College.

Earnest Strecker, right, of Belding, will celebrate his 100th birthday today with a small family party. A much larger surprise party is planned for this Sunday, courtesy of his daughter, Arlene Cunningham, left. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belding man celebrates his century

Earnest Strecker was only 3 years old and living in Spencer Township when the Bolshevik Revolution swept across Russia, ending the rein of the czars and ushering in the era of the Soviet Union. Most 3-year-old kids don’t notice that sort of thing, especially when it’s taking place half a world away.

Spirit of Caring Award recipient Dr. Joyce London addressed the audience at this year’s banquet, held Saturday night at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

Joyce London is honored at Spectrum Health Charity Ball

Area movers and shakers gathered Saturday evening at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids to pay homage to the recipient of this year’s Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award, Dr. Joyce London.

Paulina (Hurt) Lawton

Central Montcalm High School friends come together years later to help

Growing up in a small town, ties are made that last a lifetime, ties that transcend time and distance and remain strong over countless years and miles. So it is for Paulina (Hurt) Lawton and Danise Garbow, both of whom graduated from Central Montcalm High School more years ago than either woman cares to admit publicly.

Sharilee “Charli” Sprowls, seen here with her husband, Simon, at last summer’s Wheatland Music Festival in Remus, is hoping a groundbreaking surgical procedure will be able to remove the pineal cyst that has caused her  to experience terrible headaches for the past seven years. — Courtesy photo

Stanton woman raising funds for her own brain tumor surgery

Sharilee Sprowls, “Charli,” to her friends, is hoping an upcoming surgery will end the debilitating headaches that have plagued her daily for the past seven years. More than just headaches, really, the painful attacks are so severe that all Charli can do when she’s having one is remain in a darkened bedroom; any other activity makes the pain unbearable.