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 the morning of Aug. 3. At around 5:50 a.m., a 28-year-old woman from Gowen, driving westbound on M-57 in a black 2010 Ford Taurus, attempted a passing maneuver between Lappley Avenue and Wabasis Avenue, just past The Golf Emporium. As [...]
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.
You throw like a girl. You run like a girl. Both are comments heard throughout the childhoods of boys and girls everywhere. It’s not meant to be a compliment, but rather, it’s an insult to girls and usually said amongst boys. The truth is, it means girls are inferior. It means girls are unable to do things well, at least, as well as boys do. It means they are no good at sports. They are weak and not strong.
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.