Ryan Schlehuber “Scoop”

When Jodie Faber was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, she was forced to make a lifestyle change to eat healthier and exercise more. Today, she is 25 pounds lighter and has incorporated a daily eating and exercise regiment. She prepares fresh fruits and vegetables as well as slow-cooked shredded chicken and separates them into small freezer bags to have at the ready when it comes time for a meal or to curb a craving. Greek yogurt mixed with granola and fruit is a staple for her breakfast. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Those with diabetes warn those without to make lifestyle changes now

“Congratulations, you have diabetes.”

For Jodie Faber, those were the unfortunate words she heard from her doctor during a routine check-up.

As bad and shocking as the news was to hear, Faber knew that it was inevitably that type of shock treatment she needed to face to force herself to change her lifestyle.

New Edmore Village President Karl Kluwe opened Monday’s regular meeting by congratulating the new members to council and welcoming James Lower to his first official meeting as the new village manager. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

5, including 4 new members, sworn into Edmore Village Council

Four new members and one returning member were sworn into office at Monday evening’s Edmore Village Council meeting. New members who won a seat on council in the Nov. 4 election were Karl Kluwe, who is the new president, and Jamie Ballard, Bonnie Davis and Phil Kohn, along with incumbent Karen Deja.

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Ionia County Central Dispatch 911 surcharge increase passes

The efforts of Ionia County Central Dispatch to add $200,000 to its annual budget to help upgrade equipment for its radio, phone and computer systems has paid off.

The proposal to increase the 911 monthly surcharge by 40 cents per month, from $1.90 to $2.30 per month, was passed by a vote of 10,134 (58.2 percent) to 7,273 (41.8 percent) in Tuesday’s election.

Community engagement, like what local health facilities are doing, is key to successfully controlling outbreaks like the Ebola virus. Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of interventions, namely case management, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, safe burials and social mobilization. — Courtesy photo

Ebola is minor threat locally, but health officials are ready

An infectious disease outbreak like Ebola usually has three things working in its favor: A lack of remedies, a lack of precautions and an unchecked system to where those infected travel beyond ground zero.

Fortunately, if ever an infectious disease were to threaten the mid-Michigan area, health officials say they are more than ready.

As his fiancée, Megan Wheaton, looks on, Cpl. Robert “Bobby” Thrailkill Jr. of the U.S. Marines speaks to a crowd of Belding residents, donators, military veterans and family members at a groundbreaking ceremony in Belding on Saturday. Thrailkill and his family will receive a new home that is being specially built to meet Thrailkill’s needs, such as wider doorways, a roll-in shower and drop-down cabinets. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Marine injured in Afghanistan to receive special home in Belding

The daily routine of life hasn’t been the same for Cpl. Robert “Bobby” Thrailkill of the U.S. Marines since he lost his legs in an improvised explosive device blast in Afghanistan four years ago. Living in an apartment in Caledonia, Thrailkill, 23, has not only had to get used to his prosthetic legs and the different mobility challenges they present, he also has had to deal with the everyday challenges of just getting on with his day, be it showering, reaching for things in a cabinet or just moving about within his apartment. Life, Thrailkill said, was difficult just doing the simple things.

As fellow Coalition of Greater Greenville member Karen Carbonelli, at left, looks on, Montcalm Community College President Bob Ferrentino, middle, stressed to the board at its meeting Thursday the importance of knowing the facts of each item on this year’s state general election ballot, specifically the college’s $2.5 million millage levy renewal, which will benefit more than 60 programs at the college.

Election leads mix of topics at Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting

With no agenda and no scheduled speaker, members of the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) had a roundtable discussion of random topics at Thursday’s meeting at the Greenville Public Schools Central Services Building.

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WOODS and WATER: On the cusp of a feral swine outbreak?

While the wolf population remains a hot debate among Michiganders, there is another species that may be more threatening across the board.

Amanda Wing, 34, of Carson City, has been racing dirt track cars for the past two years. Her father, Roger Wing, is a state legend in racing,

S.H.E.: Growing trend of female racers at Crystal Motor Speedway

There is something special happening at Crystal Motor Speedway. For the past few years, owner Ron Flinn has seen more and more female drivers take to the track, and he expects more to come when the racing season starts back up again in April.

Christina Verslius, at right, and her sister, Kasey Brown, opened Shorty’s Sugar Shack in Trufant last month and have already established the ice cream shop as a great community gathering destination. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: Shorty’s Sugar Shack a beacon of community gathering

It has been open only a little over a month, yet the new ice cream business, Shorty’s Sugar Shack, has accumulated many heart-felt stories already.

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The Greenville City Council approved the Planning Commission's recommendation to amend the language of downtown residency regulations, which would make it easier for upstairs rental units. Pictured, from left, are Mayor John Hoppough, Mayor Pro Tem Frances Schuleit and Councilman Mark Lehman. (Daily News | Curtis Wildfong)

City of Greenville agrees to language change in residency regulations

This city’s council approved the Planning Commission’s recommendation to amend the language of downtown residency regulations, which will make it easier for upstairs rental units.