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26-year-old Howard City man found dead, cause unknown

A 26-year-old Howard City man was found dead last week, and the cause is currently unknown. According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, the man was found Oct. 17 in his apartment in the 300 block of Pine Street in Howard City. The man was located by someone who arrived at the apartment to do some routine work inside.

Breast cancer survivor Jur Ree Schneider (right) of Crystal attended the Carson Health Pink Ribbon Affair with her daughter, Carol Jegla of Portland. Daily News/Stacie Rose

S.H.E.: Crystal woman feisty and fighting as 5-year cancer survivor

Jur Ree Schneider of Crystal is a 5-year cancer survivor and an attendee of the Carson Health Pink Ribbon Affair.


S.H.E.: Carson Health breast health navigator offers tips on self exams

It is well documented breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women (lung cancer being the first) and is the most common cancer next to skin cancer, according to

Lakeview senior Jared Taylor carries the ball for the Wildcats this season against Central Montcalm. Taylor earned CSAA first-team honors this year.

Judge, Taylor earn top CSAA football honors

The 10 football coaches of the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) wasted no time on deciding the best of the conference. The regular season ended Friday and coaches convened Saturday to vote. In all, 13 combined Central Montcalm Hornets (2-7) and Lakeview Wildcats (5-4) earned league honors.

Greenville's Britta Bernth hits a shot during the Division 2 regionals this year at The Links at Bowen Lake.

Yellow Jackets wrap up outstanding golf season

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls golf team wrapped up another great season over the weekend at the Division 2 state finals. The Yellow Jackets spent all season long competing against the best competition in the state with the goals of winning a conference title and reaching the state tournament.

A sample of what is included in a BRCA testing kit. Courtesy photo

Genetic testing may be beneficial in identifying cancer cause

Jeffrey Bissonnette, certified genetic counselor at the cancer genetics program for Spectrum Health, works with patients who has either personal and/or family history that is suggestive of a hereditary cancer condition — a single gene running in the family greatly increasing the risk of cancer.

Sarah Thompson. Courtesy photo

S.H.E.: Belding student chasing acting dreams

Fifteen-year-old Belding High School student, Sarah Thompson, decided to take her love of acting to another level when she competed in a regional iPOP competition in Lansing.


Carson City fire chief hoping issues with getting county fire calls is resolved soon

For nearly a decade, the Carson City Fire Department has had issues with hearing fire calls from Montcalm County Central Dispatch. Now, with federally mandated narrow banding, it has only made the situation worse, according to Fire Chief Dan Kipp.

Luthier Mark Swanson, right, points out some of the design characteristics of his electric instruments to a fan at a live performance with his band, 13th Hour. — Courtesy photo

Beauty is in the hands of the player: Luthier creates musical works of art

It’s a good thing for the musical world that Mark Swanson, as a young man, was broke. If he’d been able to run out and buy any guitar he’d wanted, he would never have learned to make them himself.

A community meeting to discuss the future of the historic Crystal carousel is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Crystal Community Center. — Courtesy photo

Historic carousel may return to Crystal

The Crystal Township Historical Society (CTHS) is hoping to convince the Michigan State University Museum Organization that the Crystal community is ready for the return of a historic carousel. The 1916 Herschell Spillman carousel left town in the late 1970s after spending more than 40 years in Crystal, entertaining residents and visitors. In 1979, it was donated to MSU to keep it in Michigan and to insure its preservation. Over the past three decades, MSU has loaned the carousel to other organizations, but now it’s being returned to MSU and officials are determining where it should go next.