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Dog saves teenage girl from Howard City house fire

Russell Chilson didn’t want the dog in the first place. The family dog had died and Russell was content with the absence of a pet. But his teenage daughter Erin felt otherwise. She pleaded with her father and they ended up at Mecosta County Animal Rescue in Big Rapids. The high-strung German shepherd mix puppy wasn’t Russell’s first pick. His first pick was walking out the door with a new owner when Russell arrived at the animal rescue. But the puppy stole Erin’s heart. Russell forked over $25 and they took the puppy home. They named her London. One year later, London saved Erin’s life.


Emergency officials help deliver baby at Howard City home

Local emergency officials helped deliver a baby last Saturday afternoon at a Howard City home. An ambulance and Rescue 29 unit responded to a report of a pregnant woman with back pain at 1:21 p.m. Soon after officials arrived, they realized the 19-year-old woman was actually in labor.

Belding’s Kole Hart, left, shoots over Grand Rapids West Catholic’s Bryce Witham (42) and Christian Rogalski (23) during the teams’ game Dec. 28. — File photo

Belding boys basketball team ready to play Cedar Springs

Belding’s boys basketball team has had a week to think about what went wrong in their last game. The Redskins lost to Grand Rapids West Catholic Saturday 58-37. Since then Belding has been trying to repair the damage in time for today’s game against Cedar Springs.

Central Montcalm’s Savannah Case, middle, tries to force her way between two Carson City-Crystal players during their game Dec. 3. — File photo

Central Montcalm’s Case gives verbal commitment to play basketball at Lake Michigan College

Savannah Case has got one big decision taken care of: where she wants to play college basketball.


Funeral Notices – Jan. 3, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.

Dr. Parut Bhimalli of Carson Health, right, performs a cooled radio-frequency lesioning procedure on a patient in December. The procedure is performed to reduce knee pain without surgery.

Carson Health using new knee therapy procedure … without surgery

A new therapy technique designed to ease knee pain without surgery is now being performed at Carson City Hospital. The new procedure, which implements cooled radio-frequency lesioning and has been used to ease back pain for many years, has only recently begun being used to do the same in regards to pain in the knee.


Kids Count abuse report shows troubling stats for Ionia, Montcalm counties

A 2013 Kids Count report that measures child-well being based on a variety of factors shows Montcalm County ranks toward the bottom in the state in the number of children living in families investigated for abuse and neglect.


Help is available for people with delinquent taxes

The Montcalm County treasurer wants delinquent taxpayers to know help is available. In the past, the Montcalm County Treasurer’s Office has granted one-year extensions on properties in danger of foreclosure. According to Treasurer JoAnne Vukin, this involved a detailed application process, including income specifics and expense statements.

The east clock facing of the Belding tower is successfully detached and carried away. — Daily News/Cory Smith

YEAR IN REVIEW: A look back at 2013 in local news

Take a look back at the top Daily News stories of 2013.


Funeral Notices — Jan. 2, 2014

Funeral notices for Thursday, January 2, 2014