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Lions Clubs make dream come true for wheelchair-bound boy

Shannan Kooistra and her husband, Josh, can’t help thinking of their 3-year-old son, Zade, as their “miracle” child. The rambunctious tyke, paralyzed from the hips down as a result of being born with myelomeningocele spina bifida, had undergone eight major surgeries before his second birthday. A shunt embedded in his brain carries excess spinal fluid from his head to his abdomen. And of course, he cannot walk. But these days, thanks to a coordinated effort by several area Lions Clubs, Zade zips around the Kooistra home with an ease he never could manage in a traditional wheelchair.

Raised flower beds in downtown Greenville, such as the one located near Huntington Bank on Lafayette Street, will be blooming and flourishing with new flowers and plants after Horrocks Nursery Farms Inc. of Ionia was selected to redo and design the flower beds. The project is expected to be completed by Memorial Day weekend in May. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Horrocks of Ionia to design Greenville’s flower beds

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) selected Horrocks Nursery Farms Inc. of Ionia to spruce up the downtown area. During a special meeting on Tuesday, the DDA selected the contractor to redo and design the flower beds on Lafayette Street in Greenville.

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Central Montcalm Public School to join early college program

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education on Wednesday approved an agreement for an early college program and accepted five retirement letters, including longtime administrator and current elementary school principal John Kearney. The board, after some discussion on the number of students to be allowed to try the early college program in its premiere year, voted 7-0 to approve an agreement with the Montcalm Area Intermediate School System in connection with the program at Montcalm Community College.

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Funeral Notices for March 21, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, March 21, 2013

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OUR VIEW: Senators working on immigration reform

The latest “Gang of Eight” senators just could be putting together the pieces for the breakthrough needed to relieve the nation’s long struggle with its immigration policies and practices.

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Sen. Carl Levin to speak at Montcalm County Democrat dinner Saturday

Before Sen. Carl Levin leaves the United States Senate in his final term after more than 30 years of service as the longest-serving senator in Michigan’s history, he’ll be making at least one final local appearance. The Montcalm County Democrats will welcome Levin to the 8th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner on Saturday, along with State House Rep. Brandon Dillon, D-Grand Rapids, to be a featured guest speaker at the fundraising event.

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Funeral Notices-March 21, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Thursday, March 21, 2013.

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Fracking in our backyard to be discussed Monday in Rockford

Do you know what “fracking” is? Three local organizations are sponsoring a community educational event at 6:30 pm on Monday at Rockford High School regarding hydraulic fracturing, which is an industrial oil and gas extraction technique commonly known as fracking.

Robin Sova has survived cancer, diabetes, numerous heart attacks and related surgeries, yet despite her best efforts the Sheridan woman and former educator has not been able to obtain disability payments from the Social Security Administration. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Sheridan survivor of cancer, heart attack hoping for a change in luck

“Born under a bad sign, I been down since I begin to crawl; if it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.” Those words, from the old Albert King tune, “Born Under a Bad Sign,” could preface many stories, but few so aptly as that of Robin Sova. For the past 10 years, the Sheridan woman’s life has been one long series of near misses and catastrophes, most health related, some man made.

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Elementary school principal named Carson City Citizen of the Year

A near capacity crowd turned out at St. Mary’s Hall in Carson City to honor this year’s Citizen of the Year, Carol Wiles. Wiles was awarded the honor by the Carson City Lions Club, which each year hosts the event.