I made the choice to become sober 16 months ago, but my journey is far from over. I’m not perfect, I’m not cured. I walk a fine line and go to any means necessary to protect my sobriety, with a ferocity and passion most cannot fathom. Like a diabetic who must maintain a strict diet and exercise regularly, there are things that I, too, must do to treat my disease.
Three teenagers have been arrested for a series of crimes that occurred throughout Vestaburg, including a major vandalism incident at Vestaburg Community School. A 17-year-old Vestaburg man is set to be charged with 17 felony and misdemeanor crimes. He is out of jail on a $3,000 bond. A 17-year-old Riverdale man is set to be charged with 12 felony and misdemeanor crimes. He is out of jail on a $2,000 bond.
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Bill Briggs of Ada and 5-year-old Ryan Heyboer of Grand Rapids had never met, but on Saturday they shared five minutes together that the two are likely to never forget. Briggs, on day two of the three-day 300-mile Wish-A-Mile bike tour, had just stopped with hundreds of other riders for lunch at the Seiter Education Center in Greenville.
Angus’ nose is usually wet, his tongue always seems to be hanging out the side of his mouth and his coat is quite hairy. On top of that, he is not one for many words. But somehow he manages to get people to smile and talk to him. The 8-year-old border collie is one of three dogs owned by Greenville’s Judy Nortier that occasionally visits residents at retirement facilities, working as a “therapy dog,” helping people through trying days by entertaining them with tricks or just by listening with a wagging tail.
Nov. 11, 1918 marked a ceasefire of World War I and thus called Armistice Day. Just prior to the advent of a nationally recognized holiday, Glenn E. Waters recalls celebrating the end of war in his own unique way.
If you’re in an accident or having a heart attack, the last thing you or your loved ones want to think about is whether an ambulance is going to show up at the scene. There are places in this country where this is a real concern. But we’ve been lucky in Montcalm County to have such responsive Emergency Medical Services personnel, primarily because we as voters have ranked this service as a priority and supported key millage proposals in the past.
About 30 properties will be up for grabs at the annual Ionia County foreclosure auction Aug. 1. According to Judy Clark of the Ionia County treasurer’s office, there has been an increase in foreclosed properties over the past four years, but the numbers are mostly holding steady.
Last week I mentioned the large northern pike I landed at the Rockford dam on the Rogue River. Well, that column got me thinking about some of the other places I and others have had success, and in many instances that is at or near a dam.
This upcoming football season will begin a new chapter in a long and rich football tradition for the Belding Redskins. This offseason former Rockford assistant coach Joe Schwander was hired to take over the Redskins football program. Schwander replaces Joel Wilker who is now the school’s athletic director.