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Jaime Newell poses for a photo in her “bubblegum pink” wheelchair alongside her husband Matthew at their home in South Carolina near Fort Gordon, Georgia, where Matthew is stationed with the Army. (Courtesy photos)

Montcalm County woman working to walk after motorcycle accident

Last summer, Jaime Gibson Newell went for a motorcycle ride while on vacation. She crashed in a horrific accident and woke up from a coma three weeks later to find herself paralyzed. This holiday season, Jaime, 35, is in a wheelchair, but she says she has so much to be thankful for.


CC-C Band planning Christmas concerts, secret shoveling fundraiser

If you find your driveway has magically been shoveled after a snowstorm this winter … the Carson City-Crystal Band just might be responsible.
The shoveling service is just one of many ways CC-C students are working to raise funds for a planned trip to Walt Disney World in the spring of 2016.

“Any snow day, we’ll be shoveling,” said Band Director Chad Parmenter. “We’re just going to go out and do it and leave an envelope and if you want to donate, you can.”

No one was injured when a pick-up truck rear-ended a Tri County school bus Tuesday afternoon in Pierson Township. — Courtesy photo

Tri County school bus rear-ended by pickup truck

A teen driving a pickup truck rear-ended a Tri County Area Schools bus Tuesday afternoon, but no one was injured.

Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident at 2:30 p.m. on Lake Montcalm Road near Maple Hill Road.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 26, 2014

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Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson, right, speaks with officer Shannon Hummel Monday afternoon outside of the Belding Police Department. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding a ‘most improved crime rate’ town

Patterns in crime can change tremendously over time, and for residents of this community, change has apparently been good. A report released by Safe Choice Security, an alarm and security system company with locations throughout the country, recently named Belding as one of the top 25 Michigan cities with the most improved crime rates.

On Monday at Greenville Lanes, Toys for Tots Montcalm County Coordinator Jenni Bouck and Assistant Coordinator Angie Bailey show off the Toys for Tots T-shirts they will be selling as part of a fundraiser. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Toys for Tots Montcalm County needs funding for quality Dec. 13 distribution

Toys for Tots of Montcalm County needs money. Desperately. With about $300 in the bank account, Toys for Tots is struggling to come up with the funds to purchase quality toys for its annual distribution on Dec. 13.


New book reveals history of Lakeview pickle factory

LAKEVIEW — One may wonder how a book about events nearly 70 years past could be considered timely. Particularly when the events related center on the most innocuous of vegetables, the humble cucumber. Or is the case with Lakeview author, Dallas Lincoln’s, new book, the pickle. “The Pickle Docks” presents a semi-fictional account of life [...]


Funeral Notices for Nov. 25, 2014

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Local volunteers help package 30,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger

Ending world hunger is a daunting task but global philanthropic organizations try to do it one meal at time.

However, a local event put together more than one meal over the weekend … try 30,000.

Amy Hansen and her registered therapy cat, Cricket, have been making visits to hospice care, assisted living facilities and private residences since September. — Courtesy photo

Cricket the cat brings happiness with therapeutic visits

Smiles abound wherever Amy Hansen and Cricket go.

Cricket is a registered therapy cat. Together, Amy and Cricket visit area hospice care, assisted living facilities and private residences to brighten the days of various patients. Cricket loves the attention he gets and residents get the comfort of petting an animal, which has shown to be beneficial to a person’s health and general wellbeing.