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Sobering Situation

SOBERING SITUATION: Drug use in Montcalm County spans generations

Bob was introduced to the drug culture at age 11; the person making that introduction was his father, a hardcore alcoholic and marijuana user. A typical Friday night saw Bob’s rural Montcalm County home filled with his father’s friends — his mother had left years earlier — playing cards, drinking, smoking pot. Many of them would still be there Saturday morning, passed out on the sofa or living room floor. When they came to, Bob says, the party would start again.

Sobering Situation

SOBERING SITUATION: Drugs and alcohol far too easy for young people to find

Fifteen-year-old Heidi had no idea what it was when her mother opened her palm and told the teenager to “try this.” But as the drug reached her bloodstream, she didn’t really care what it was.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 27, 2013

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First runner up Emily Webster, left, and 2014 Michigan Apple Queen, Elizabeth Wittenbach. — Courtesy photo

Belding woman crowned Michigan Apple Queen

BELDING — Elizabeth Wittenbach of Belding has grown up as part of the apple industry. Her grandparents, Ed and Linda Wittenbach, and her parents, Mike and Marnie, are growers at Wittenbach Orchards on 225 acres in Belding that began as a dairy farm. Elizabeth, 19, will now represent both the apple industry and her family’s [...]


Funeral Notices for Dec. 26, 2013

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Local students deliver message of helping others in need

A small gesture of kindness can go a long way, as two local college students recently discovered. Krysti Jolley, 18, is a student at Montcalm Community College (MCC) who one day hopes to become a veterinarian, but in the meantime, she continues to take her mandatory classes and work on the side to eventually pay off her financial aid.

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Local angels come through as answer to Greenville woman’s prayer

Life is a journey bereft of maps, navigated without compass, sextant or global positioning satellites; from cradle to grave there is no sure thing, no guarantee, no promise that — should you do this and this — certain outcomes are your due. We are all motes upon a larger mote, circling a still larger mote as it hurtles through the empty blackness of space; the best we can hope for is to share what love and light we have, while we still have it. Rarely are these rough truths so apparent as at Christmastime, when the disparity between those who have and those who have not is thrown into stark relief.


Funeral Notices – Dec. 24, 2013

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Santa’s reindeer visit Lakeview Elementary School

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen; Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen … but how many times have you actually met a reindeer face to face?


Funeral Notices — Dec. 23, 2013

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