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Reality Check | Mike Taylor

MIKE TAYLOR: I’m only alive because of the women in my life

I’m beginning to realize that — when it comes to women — I’ve led a charmed life. Sure, some of the women I’ve known were bad for me; dishonest, low-down, Wicked Witch of the West, cheating good-for-nothings with the sole goal of making my life a waking nightmare. Others have been real sweethearts; rosy-cheeked Dorothy-on-the-Yellow-Brick-Road country girls with smiling faces and virtuous hearts. The ones I liked best were usually something in-between.

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Carson City native recovering after Afghanistan explosion

Gunner Sgt. Dave Boire II wasn’t too worried as he walked through the deserted Afghanistan village. He was surrounded by his fellow Marines and military officers had swept the path before them, looking for dangers, such as improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Pictured from left, Karen Hafey, as Twink Futrelle, Becky Tower, as Honey Raye, and Kurt Schuster, as Wiley Hicks, perform a scene in the Flat River Community Players’ production of “Dearly Beloved.” — Courtesy photo

PLAY REVIEW: Flat River Community Players’ ‘Dearly Beloved’ a fun, fast-moving comedy

When you walk into the Greenville Area Community Center Theater for Flat River Community Players’ latest play, be prepared to have fun. The stage is set with bright streamers flowing down from two white paper wedding bells and tables full of food and flowers. The play’s title, “Dearly Beloved,” tells you there is a wedding going on. Maybe and maybe not.

Lee Ann McCarthy (center), who is graduating from Montcalm Community College, stand with her son Mike McCarthy (right), who recently graduated from Lake Superior State University and her daughter, Kaelyn McCarthy (left) who will graduate from Montabella High School. All three are graduating within a one-month span. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore family will watch together as mother, son and daughter all graduate

For members of the McCarthy family, the value of an education is a common bond soon to be shared by mother, son and daughter. They just didn’t expect to watch each other graduate in cap and gown all within a month.


Meeting in Brief: Belding City Council, May 1

Read a brief report for the May 1 Belding City Council meeting.


Meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. on Belding middle college

Belding High School will be partnering with Davenport University for a middle college program, which offers students a chance to earn an associate’s degree while attending Belding High School at no cost for tuition.

Konnor Baker is recovering from a near drowning at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. — Courtesy photo

After near-drowning, Bushnell Township child on the road to recovery

The grandmother of a 20-month-old boy who was found in a pond said it was the cold water that saved her grandson and helped to bring him back to life. “He is doing extremely well,” said Marcia Swartzmiller, the grandmother of 20-month-old Konnor Baker. On Saturday, Michigan State Police Lakeview Post Trooper Patrick Agema responded to the 9100 block of Tessie Court off Boyer Road in Bushnell Township after receiving notification that Baker was found unresponsive and without a pulse in a pond.


Montcalm County receives Consumers Energy rebate

The Montcalm County Administrative Building is now equipped with new steam traps, new LED fixtures and an improved boiler — and the county was reimbursed for the effort. County officials began replacing steam traps in November 2010 as part of a maintenance effort at the former courthouse building located at 211 W. Main St. in downtown Stanton.


Funeral Notices for May 3, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, May 3, 2012

Greenville’s Sam O’Herron, right, kicks the ball away from a Northview defender during Wednesday’s 1-1 tie at Yellow Jacket Stadium

Greenville girls soccer team scores late to tie Northview

Never say never. For a good portion of the game on Wednesday it looked like the Greenville Yellow Jackets would never find the back of the net in an O-K White soccer match against the Northview Wildcats.