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Bruce Peterson of Blanchard uses a computer program to design a forklift at A&O Forklift in Edmore. Peterson earned a degree in architecture before going to work as an engineer at A&O. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

MADE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD: Business booming for forklift company

Beekeeping and forklifting continues to be a successful combination for an Edmore business. A&O Forklift has doubled its production in the past four years and shows no signs of slowing down. Located in the Sunrise Industrial Park — formerly home to Hitachi Magnetics Corp., which shuttered in 2004 — the business is on track to produce 250 forklifts this year. That’s steady growth from previous production of 140 forklifts in 2012 and 180 forklifts in 2013.


Greenville’s Hallock verbally commits to GVSU

GREENVILLE — Heavily-recruited Greenville junior girls basketball player Paige Hallock has had to make a decision as to where she wanted to play in college. She had been receiving offers for multiple schools. But on Tuesday, she posted on Twitter she verbally committed to play for Grand Valley State University. “I had known for about [...]


Funeral Notices for Nov. 17, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015


JUST IN: Howard City learns about $25,000 water leak

The Howard City Village Council learned the village’s Department of Public Works has finally discovered the source of a water leak … eight months after it began.

Village President Randy Heckman reported at tonight’s council meeting that the DPW noticed the village had been losing a lot of water since last spring, about $25,000 worth, to date.

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Despite technical glitches, Belding Marching Band succeeds at state finals

After more than 300 hours practicing through 55 rehearsals, five football games and three marching competitions, every ounce of effort put forth by members of the Belding Redskin Marching Band came down to one performance.

Gazing upward at the blinding stadium lights, taking in and reflecting upon the vast and powerful confines of Ford Field in Detroit, Belding High School senior Kyle Mansfield, 17, made sure he would never forget the next seven minutes and 30 seconds.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 16, 2015

Funeral notices for Monday, Nov. 16, 2015


JUST IN: Emmons describes new road funding bill as a “balance of many assets”

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, remains a firm believer that a 1 percent sales tax increase would have been the most effective way to secure funding to improve Michigan’s roads.

Commercial Bank’s Community President Josh Gibbs was named to this year’s 40 Under Forty, an annual publication by Grand Rapids Business Journal highlighting successful busienss people in the West Michigan area. (Courtesy photo)

BUSINESS BEAT: Commercial Bank’s Josh Gibbs named to 40 Under Forty business journal

Josh Gibbs, community president of Commercial Bank, is one of 40 young business leaders named in Grand Rapids Business Journal’s annual 40 Under Forty Business Leaders journal this year.


BUSINESS BEAT: Stanton business offering free cancer awareness ribbon tattoo Nov. 21

In an effort to raise cancer awareness, one tattoo parlor is offering free tattoos in exchange for donations to help the cause. For 24 consecutive hours, starting at 10 a.m. Nov. 21, Tattoos by Wojo is offering a two-inch color tattoo of the cancer awareness ribbon on a first come, first serve basis.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 16, 2015

Wednesday Tina Marie Bristol — 1 p.m., Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville.   Thursday Mary E. (Hansen) Sculley-Meade — 11 a.m., Turk Lake United Methodist Church, Turk Lake. (Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville)   Friday Merilyn Jeanette Russell — 11 a.m., Calvary Baptist Church, Greenville. (Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville)   Mary E. (Hansen) [...]