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Retired Belding Police Sgt. Judy Taylor, left, stands with Belding Mayor Ron Gunderson, celebrating her 32 years and five months of service with the Belding. (The Daily News | Cory Smith)

Sgt. Taylor retires after 32 years with the Belding Police Department

In the early minutes of March 27, shortly after midnight, Sgt. Judy Taylor of the Belding Police Department signed out of service and into retirement.

Georgia native Scott Rigsby, a double-amputee, finishes the Boston Marathon Monday. Rigsby, who lost both of his legs after a crash, is now a motivational speaker. He has events scheduled for Sunday and Monday in Greenville. (Courtesy photos)

Double-amputee athlete to tell story of tragedy and triumph at upcoming events

Scott Rigsby was just a regular 18-year-old Georgia teen when a serious crash took both of his legs.
Ten years of rehabilitation, 26 surgeries and a battle with prescription drug addiction almost proved too much. But the tragedy would not defeat him. Instead, it motivated him.

Stephanie and Jayson Nemeth opened Aunt Stephie’s Cafe in Ionia last October and pride themselves on offering meals made from scratch.  (The Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: Aunt Stephie’s Cafe offers home-cooked goodness

Dining at Aunt Stephie’s Cafe is a lot like eating at your grandmother’s house; the “down home” food is all made from scratch, there’s plenty of it and you feel as if you’re surrounded by friends and family.


Funeral Notices – Saturday, April 26, 2014

Funeral notices for Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Making it Cool to be Kind: Students ready to lead culture-changing program

Surrounded by students she has mentored, guided and influenced throughout this past year, Laurie Stewart could only smile while shedding a few tears as she came to a realization Thursday evening.

“They don’t need me anymore,” she said. “They are definitely using their peer influence to help other people and they are making it sustainable.”

That was the goal from the beginning — to create a new, positive culture in Montcalm County.

Kurt Schindler, senior educator on land use with Michigan State University Extension, explained details of the Right to Farm Act and Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices Thursday evening in Stanton. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Right to Farm Act topic of discussion in Stanton

The exodus from cities to suburbs is a part of American culture.

Soldiers returning from World War II and Korea moved with their families to quiet little streets in new developments made possible by the country’s burgeoning infrastructure, particularly the highway system. In recent decades, even those suburbs have come to seem too crowded to many, and new developments have sprouted like mushrooms in previously rural areas.


Funeral Notices – April 25, 2014

Read funeral notices for Friday, April 25, 2014.


JUST IN: Man offers Greenville student a ride, then frightens her

The Greenville Department of Public Safety is investigating a situation in which a Greenville student was offered a ride and then followed by a man.

Today, Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines emailed all parents who have provided an email address to the school’s email system, notifying them of the situation.

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Pet oxygen recovery masks designed to help animals after a fire

It’s a moment no firefighter wants to come across when searching through a burning home — the sound of a trapped dog barking for help or the discovery of a frightened cat hiding under a bed.

But those moments do happen, and just as firefighters would rescue an adult or child, those animals also need rescue.

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The Treasure Store opens in Stanton, operated by special ed adults

The Treasure Shop has everything a traditional resale shop has, but it isn’t your everyday round-again store.

Staffed by special education students with the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD), The Treasure Shop dual serves as a resale store for the public and a skill builder for the students.