Twelve years ago, in the confines of the pediatric intensive care unit at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Tara Rackham, just shy of turning two, was clinging to life. Her mother, Sharnel Rackham, sat by her unconscious daughter, holding her little hand close and praying for a recovery.
Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP — A two-car collision on M-57 resulted in a driver losing his life on Monday morning. At around 5:45 a.m., a woman driving westbound on M-57 in a black Ford Taurus attempted a passing maneuver between Lappley Avenue and Wabasis Avenue, just past The Golf Emporium. As she made the passing maneuver, she [...]
Andy and Molly Brown had never attended a county land auction, but that didn’t stop them from being the first two in line at the Sheridan Community Center on Friday morning.
The husband and wife from Grand Rapids traveled to Sheridan for the annual Ionia/Montcalm County minimum bid land auction. They were joined by more than 100 individuals seeking to purchase foreclosed properties.
In a world where negativity, violence and pain are never hard to find, a child is a thing of innocence. Simple, unassuming, beautiful innocence.
But sometimes that innocence is corrupted by neglect or malice or spite. Sometimes it is intentional and sometimes it is accidental. Sometimes it is merely circumstance.
In grade school, Rachelle Stevens was a happy child, always laughing, always smiling. According to her childhood friend, Jenny Ehle, Rachelle had a great attitude and a penchant for making fast and true friends.
Rachelle also had a brain tumor, one that in high school several years later, would claim her life.
Read funeral notices for Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015.
Despite constant reassurances the economy is on the rise, opening a small business remains an apprehensive venture, particularly in Michigan and even more so in Montcalm County. However, a new initiative in West Michigan aims to help small businesses gain some traction, whether they are just starting or already established. The Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative is prepared to help the smallest of businesses capture some much needed capital. Huntington Bank has pledged a $5 million, five-year commitment to fund this initiative. Funds will be dolled out through the Opportunity Resource Fund.
“Aluminum,” “clean water,” “elephant,” “flare” … these are the code names for a number of ongoing economic development projects in Montcalm County. Kathy Jo VanderLaan, business development coordinator with The Right Place, recently updated the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners about local work being done in conjunction with the Montcalm Economic Alliance.
After numerous years of dedicating time as members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education, two of the longest serving members are stepping down. During the July 20 board meeting,President Tom Humphreys and Trustee Robert Insley both announced that they would be resigning.