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OUR VIEW: Ionia County primary recommendations

A young Ionia County commissioner is challenging the current Ionia County clerk for her position in the Aug. 7 primary election. James Lower, 23, of Ronald Township, is facing off against Tonda Rich, 41, of Belding, Orleans Township. Both candidates are Republicans.

Nikolaus Warren

Howard City couple pleads guilty to credit card theft, fraud

A Howard City husband and wife pleaded guilty to fraud charges Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court. Nikolaus Warren, 21, and Marcia Warren, 20, were originally charged with 10 felony counts each involving the theft and use of a financial transaction device. The Warrens each pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of financial transaction device — stealing/retaining without consent (a possible four-year felony) and one count of financial transaction device — illegal sale or use (a possible four-year felony).

"My handsome, brilliant, enchanting and miraculous son had pushed a sweet little boy on cement and given him a huge bruise. I felt sick to my stomach. I looked at my son with new consciousness. Who was this little fiend?"

SHE: The end of virtuousness

I am willing to admit that my son is not perfect. He enjoys chasing our miniature daschund, throwing water outside the bathtub and running through the backyard nude. But those are innocent things. Those are the memories that will keep me warm when he is a teen and telling me he hates me. Or when we plods home from college with a sparkling 1.257 GPA.

2011 Danish Festival Queen Audrey Frank

SHE: Danish Queen Audrey Frank has touch of class all her own

Miss Danish Festival reveals the secrets to her quirky and eclectic sense of style One of the four points on the Miss America crown is for style. Reigning Danish Festival Queen Audrey Frank has a style all her own and can be just as thrifty as she is majestic. For her run at the Miss [...]

Angela Dykes of Greenville, who is instructing a new form of yoga, called Laughter Yoga.

SHE: Laughter is truly the best medicine

Laughter Yoga is a relatively new practice developed by Indian medical physician Madan Kataria, who was seeking a way to help his patients who were sick and depressed about being sick.

Marti Schrauben

Ionia County funeral home employee charged with racketeering, embezzlement

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Ionia County Undersheriff Dale Miller today announced the Attorney General’s Criminal Division has charged a Portland man for allegedly embezzling nearly $500,000 from customers and insurance companies doing business with Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home in Ionia from 2008 through 2011. The charges result from an investigation conducted by the Ionia County Sheriff’s Department, after a complaint was filed by the funeral home’s owner.

Mariah Kohn

Howard City fatal accidents remain under investigation

Montcalm County Sheriff’s officials are waiting on toxicology and forensic evidence results before issuing any charges in two recent Howard City accidents that took the lives of two young people. Mariah Kohn, 19, of Howard City, died July 6 after she was struck by a vehicle while lying on M-46 just north of Howard City.

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Funeral Notices for July 26, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Wish-A-Mile bike tour to come through Lakeview, Greenville

The 25th annual Wish-A-Mile 300 Bicycle Tour will be making its way through Lakeview and Greenville this weekend as more than 900 raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan. On Saturday morning riders will enter Montcalm County on Lakeview Road north of Lakeview, cycle through town and continue along M-91 toward Greenville.

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Montcalm Area Reading Council hosts evening of art, music, food, games on Aug. 2

As many as one in five people have difficulty reading and may have dyslexia. It is the hope of the Montcalm Area Reading Council (MARC) to assist those who struggle. MARC was established in 1986 and Executive Director Elaine Crawford has been with the organization since its inception. While the group originated to assist adults with reading difficulty, it has expanded to help children who exhibit reading troubles, as well. The council has also developed a book club, called Montcalm Reads, which is offered to adults only but will soon branch out to include children.