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Howard City kitchen fire causes extensive damage

A kitchen fire caused extensive damage to a Howard City home on Wednesday, which then rekindled on Thursday. The Howard City Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 1:57 p.m. Wednesday at 8771 Ferris Blvd. Assistant Fire Chief Keith Grannis said a woman and her child were outside when a second child came from the house and told them the kitchen was on fire.


Voters to decide Crystal fire millage language change

Voters will be asked to change the current language of a fire millage for the Crystal Township Fire Department on Aug. 7. The current four-year fire millage language, approved by voters in 2010, does not allow monies to be spent on additions or renovations for the fire station because of the wording. According to Fire Chief Lonny Fitzpatrick, a change in the language would allow firefighters to make improvements to the fire station and add a 40-foot by 60-foot addition.


Funeral Notices for July 27, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Friday, July 27, 2012.


SPORTS GALORE: The Olympics in Detroit?

The 2012 London Summer Olympic Games officially get underway tonight in England with the spectacular opening ceremony. This will be the third time London has hosted the Summer Olympics. They also hosted in 1908 and 1948. London was selected to host the 1944 games, but the games were canceled due to World War II.

Carson City-Crystal football coach Jason Gray brings his team out to the football field during a game last season. The Eagles open up the 2012 season on Aug. 24 at Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary.

CC-Crystal prepares for switch to MSAC

Jason Gray is entering his third season as head coach of the Carson City-Crystal football program. He continues to develop and promote success both on and off the football field. The Eagles went 1-8 a year ago, its final season in the Central Michigan Athletic Conference (CMAC), but had a level of success not defined by their record.

Greenville graduate Jordan Powell, left, carries the ball down the sideline for the Yellow Jackets last year. Powell will play football at Adrian College this fall.

Greenville grad ready for football at Adrian

It was always a dream for Greenville High School graduate Jordan Powell to play college football. This past spring his dream became a reality when he signed to play at Adrian College (southwest of Ann Arbor).


Central Montcalm schools organize for school year

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education conducted an organizational meeting Wednesday to determine a roster of officials, then jumped into official business by discussing parking lot repairs and Schools of Choice options. The 25-minute organizational meeting saw Doug Bowen re-elected president, Bill Simpson vice-president, Roxanne Switzer secretary and Mike Barnwell treasurer through January when new members will be chosen following the results of November’s election.


OUR VIEW: Ionia County primary recommendations

A young Ionia County commissioner is challenging the current Ionia County clerk for her position in the Aug. 7 primary election. James Lower, 23, of Ronald Township, is facing off against Tonda Rich, 41, of Belding, Orleans Township. Both candidates are Republicans.

Nikolaus Warren

Howard City couple pleads guilty to credit card theft, fraud

A Howard City husband and wife pleaded guilty to fraud charges Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court. Nikolaus Warren, 21, and Marcia Warren, 20, were originally charged with 10 felony counts each involving the theft and use of a financial transaction device. The Warrens each pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of financial transaction device — stealing/retaining without consent (a possible four-year felony) and one count of financial transaction device — illegal sale or use (a possible four-year felony).

"My handsome, brilliant, enchanting and miraculous son had pushed a sweet little boy on cement and given him a huge bruise. I felt sick to my stomach. I looked at my son with new consciousness. Who was this little fiend?"

SHE: The end of virtuousness

I am willing to admit that my son is not perfect. He enjoys chasing our miniature daschund, throwing water outside the bathtub and running through the backyard nude. But those are innocent things. Those are the memories that will keep me warm when he is a teen and telling me he hates me. Or when we plods home from college with a sparkling 1.257 GPA.