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GUEST COLUMN: People don’t understand what addiction is

People today use the word “addicted” so flippantly, so carelessly. They say they are addicted to a game, to Facebook, to their cell phones. They say it as if it were amusing, as if being addicted equated to happiness, to enjoyment.
For me, it does not, and never will. I am a 32-year-old mother of two, with a fulltime job, a place to live, a vehicle, a healthy relationship, a high level of education and a supportive, wonderful family. I am a drug addict. My name isn’t important, because I could be anyone. The Realtor who sold the house you live in, the clerk at the grocery store, the accountant who handles your taxes. There is no way to distinguish an addict on sight, nothing to make us stand out in a crowd. But we are individuals, with our own story to tell. This is mine.


Fenwick couple killed in Missouri motorcycle crash

Authorities in St. Louis County, Mo., have identified the two people killed in a collision between a car and a motorcycle as a Fenwick couple visiting family while on vacation. The crash happened Thursday near the Interstate 44 overpass and Big Bend Road when the car was making a left turn.


Art Cruise applications now being accepted

Forms for artists of all kinds are available at participating businesses for the 2012 Art Cruise, an event that was introduced to the annual Stanton Old Fashioned Days last year. Application forms must be submitted between July 24-27, accompanied by photographs of each artwork. Each artist may submit up to three pieces of art. There is no entrance fee and cash prize amounts will be announced at a later date.

Although some damage was done to this cherry tree at Watts’ Orchards in Howard City, it was the frost in early spring that took fruit from the tree, leaving owners Wayne, above, and Bruce Watts without any crops to harvest. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

2012 has been one of the hardest years for local growers

Between the unusual warm winter, a freeze and now a record-setting heatwave in Montcalm County, this year has been a struggle for local growers and possibly one of the worst years in history. “It’s devastating to us,” summarized Wayne Watts, who owns Watts’ Orchards in Howard City along with his son, Bruce Watts.


Suspects caught after wave of Orleans Township larcenies

ORLEANS TOWNSHIP — After responding to more than 20 reported larcenies near Long Lake throughout the past few weeks, the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office has identified several persons responsible for the recent crime spree. According to Undersheriff Dale Miller, the sheriff’s office responded to 12 reports of larceny and two reports of breaking and entering [...]


Funeral Notices for July 9, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, July 9, 2012


Reynolds Township fatal victim identified

REYNOLDS TOWNSHIP — A 19-year-old woman who was killed after she was struck by a car Friday morning has been identified as Mariah Coral Kohn of Howard City. According to Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger, the accident occurred around 5:30 a.m. when Kohn was lying down in the road on M-46 near Edgar Road just [...]


Crystal Motor Speedway hosts double the action

The Fourth of July holiday has always made Crystal Motor Speedway a very busy place and this Independence Day was no different. Fresh off a race June 30th, racers and fans gathered again at the speedway on the eve of the national holiday and then again on Saturday a mere four days later.

Belding’s Telson Jones clears the bar in the high hurdles during a track meet in the spring.

Belding track teams deal with injuries, inexperience

Belding normally has had some good track teams in recent years. 2012 was not one of them due to injuries and youth, according to coach John Carlson.

This Arctic Blast Sno-Cone machine, worth $900, hasn’t been used once since it arrived in Montcalm County last winter as part of a federal grant. — File photo

Montcalm County Homeland Security snow cone machine remains unused

Temps broke the 100-degree mark this week.
More than 9,000 Montcalm County residents were without power after a Thursday morning windstorm.
The annual Montcalm County 4-H Fair took place amid some of the hottest weather anyone can remember. Special plans had to be made to make sure youths and animals stayed hydrated.
A major Greenville business was destroyed in a fire that took 75 firefighters from 11 fire departments to extinguish — plus a weeklong investigation by a federal agency.