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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.

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From left, having noticed a spot forming on her nose in 2000, Stanton’s Cindy Partlo, at first, thought it was just a sunspot or freckle; laser surgery was used to remove the melanoma from Partlo’s nose and under her eye; Partlo is in the middle of recovering from melanoma cancer. — Courtesy photos

Stanton woman celebrates one-year recovery from cancer with Gran Fondo

It was just a sunspot. Perhaps a new freckle, so she told herself. But even after two dermatologists told Cindy Partlo it was not cancer, a small concern still lingered and grew, as did the spot over the years. Last spring, Partlo, 51, an administrative assistant at Mid-Michigan District Health Department, was strongly encouraged by her eye doctor, Renee Martin of Martin Eye Care in Greenville, to seek a third opinion for the spot on her nose, a spot she first noticed in 2000.

Two Carson City-Crystal graduating seniors had fun with the outlook of their future, decorating their graduation caps with the “To infinity and beyond” catchphrase from “Toy Story” character Buzz Lightyear during the class of 2014’s graduation ceremony Sunday. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

CC-Crystal grads embodiment of confidence, success (Photo Gallery)

For many graduating seniors, there are memories, there are accomplishments and there are regrets. But, as senior Lindsay McClintic said during her speech at Carson City-Crystal’s graduation ceremony Sunday, there is no need for advice for her or her peers as they embark on life after high school. “From here on out, we will be facing many uncertainties in both the immediate and distant future,” McClintic said. “So when you think about it, uncertainty is just another word for opportunity.”

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Funeral Notices for Saturday, May 24, 2014

Funeral notices for Saturday, May 24, 2014

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Funeral Notices — Friday, May 9, 2014

Funeral notices for Friday, May 9, 2014