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‘She enjoyed life to the fullest’: 22-year-old woman killed in motorcycle accident

Ashley Drake was an intoxicating mixture of bubbly and bullheaded. She loved writing and fishing. She loved 4-H and her dog, Riley. And she loved a good adventure.

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‘Dirty, backhanded politics’ in Edmore; 4 councilmen are no-shows to meeting

Councilman Art Schuitema gingerly walked into the Edmore Village Council meeting, his hands gripping a walker for assistance. Intravenous needles were stuck into his arms, their clear tubes dangling below. He wore a plastic vest chest protector and checkered pajama pants. It was his 80th birthday.
Schuitema made it to Monday night’s Edmore Village Council meeting. So did councilwomen Bonnie Ashbaugh and Karen Deja.
And yet President Chet Guild and councilmen Eddie Adams, Chuck Burr and Jerry Rasmussen were nowhere to be found. Neither was Burr’s wife, Gloria Burr, the village clerk whose job it is to record meeting minutes.

West Michigan Whitecaps third basemen Dominic Ficiciello gets ready in the on-deck circle during a game this season. He is batting .300 with six home runs and 37 RBIs in 86 games.

THE REVIEW: Ficociello brings ‘California Swag’ to West Michigan

Step into the West Michigan Whitecaps clubhouse on Game Day and you’re certain to find a colorful variety of superstitious rituals and an occasional game of cards to help pass the time before taking the field. While every player finds his own way of dealing with the nerves, you’ll be hard pressed to witness any inclination of stress in the demeanor of 6-foot-4 third baseman, Dominic Ficociello. The calm, cool persona of the lanky infielder often settles in with something as simple as listening to Stevie Wonder classics, all the while displaying no sign of being effected by the pressure.

Greenville All-Stars’ Jon Rittersdorf swings at a pitch during the team’s game against the Rockford All-Stars on Monday.

Greenville All-Stars fall short vs. Rockford

The first game of the Little League Junior division All-Star tournament had fans from both Rockford and Greenville cheering loudly. The Rockford fans got the last cheer, as the Rockford All-Stars beat Greenville 12-11.

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Funeral Notices for Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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PHOTO GALLERY: Stanton’s new water park(ing lot)

Portions of the city of Stanton were hit hard by Sunday night’s rain and thunderstorm, leaving parks and parking lots flooded. Check out this photo gallery by Kyle Wilson.

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin listens to public comment during am impromptu community forum tonight at the Curtis Building in Edmore. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

JUST IN: 4 Edmore councilmen are no-shows to special meeting

A special meeting of the Edmore Village Council tonight turned into an impromptu community forum when four of the council members failed to show up.

President Chet Guild and councilmen Eddie Adams, Chuck Burr and Jerry Rasmussen were all no-shows to tonight’s meeting. Instead, council members Bonnie Ashbaugh, Karen Deja and Art Schuitema led a community forum for about 50 people who were in attendance.

After a more than 6,500-mile journey across the world, 23 high school students from Beijing, China, will be spending this week in Greenville to learn about American culture and help the local community with service projects. Pictured are the students arriving at Greenville Middle School on Sunday evening. (Courtesy photo)

Students from Beijing to learn, share cultural experience with Greenville

After a more than 6,500-mile journey across the world, 23 high school students from Beijing, China, will be spending this week in Greenville to learn about American culture and help the local community with service projects.

Carson City-Crystal’s Tabor Erskin gets ready to pitch during a game against Montabella.

Carson City-Crystal baseball finishes with winning record

Once the season got started for Carson City-Crystal’s baseball team things started going better. The Eagles started out going to Indiana for three games, facing schools that were bigger in attendance than the Eagles. CC-Crystal went 1-2 in those games.

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Funeral Notices for Monday, July 7, 2014

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