Latest Headlines

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.


Funeral Notices for July 26, 2012

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


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.


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.


Greenville man dies in crash that leaves two others seriously injured

One person has died from injuries sustained in a Wednesday evening crash on M-91, which left two others seriously injured. The head-on collision happened around 5:40 p.m. Wednesday on M-91 south of Snows Lake Road and north of the Greenbriar Estates Mobile Home Park.

Students from across the country have spread out through Montcalm and Ionia counties working together as part of a home repair mission camp to help restore houses in need of repair by doing woodwork, cementing, painting, and interior and other exterior work on various homes. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville area residents getting help from workcamp youth (Photo Gallery)

About 450 youths from all over the United States have come to Greenville to lend a hand to area residents in need. The Flat River II Workcamp has hit the ground running in Greenville, sending eager youths all around the area painting, building stairs, constructing ramps and more.

Ronald Williams

Howard City man charged in fatal Pierson hit and run

A Howard City man has been charged with a fatal hit and run three months after the accident occurred. Ronald Williams, 57, was arraigned last week and charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident, resulting in serious impairment or death — a felony with a maximum sentence of five years and/or $5,000.

After a collaborative effort, Montcalm Community College received $200,000 from the state to go toward the completion of Yellow Jacket Drive. Pictured, from left, are  MCC Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Robert Marston, MCC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Carbonelli, Sen. Judy Emmons, Rep. Rick Outman, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines, City Manager George Bosanic and Mayor John Hoppough. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Montcalm Community College receives $200,000 from state for new road

State Rep. Rick Outman held a press conference Tuesday to discuss funding of Yellow Jack Drive in Greenville — and to present the college with a $200,000 check. When Montcalm Community College (MCC) started the process for construction on its new Greenville campus, ideas arose on how to utilize the partial road of Yellow Jacket Drive.