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Dr. John O’Donald, center, welcomed in fellow dentistry professionals Dr. Alan Havens of Greenville, who has 40 years of experience, and Dr. Scott Ribitch, a Mount Pleasant native who graduated from the University of Michigan in May and was hired in July. Dr. Havens plans to retire next year and is working with O’Donald to give his patients a smooth transition to the new office and staff. (Photo by Griffth Photography

BUSINESS BEAT: Havens, Ribitch join staff at O’Donald’s practice

There’s been a lot of changes at the dentist office of Dr. John O’Donald’s. With the new addition to the office completed in July, Dr. O’Donald welcomed in two dentists to share in his practice — Dr. Alan Havens and Dr. Scott Ribitch.


OUR VIEW: Secretly recording not-so-secret meetings in Edmore

Chet Guild just doesn’t get it. The Edmore village president has repeatedly shown a lack of basic understanding when it comes to running an open meeting since he was elected to office a year ago.

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UNDERSTANDING HEALTH REFORM: Impact of Affordable Care Act on mental health coverage

The Affordable Care Act has already made an impact on mental healthcare since the national healthcare reform’s inception. Unlike traditional insurance options, mental health benefits have been included in both Marketplace options and Medicare and Medicaid.


ROUNDUPS: Prep scores from Friday, Oct. 11

Montabella 75, Ashley 8: The Mustangs got their first MSAC-South win of the season with a win against the Bears Friday night. Quarterback Brady Burggren ran for three touchdowns and threw for another…

Central Montcalm’s Keagan James is brought down by two Lakeview defenders in the second quarter Friday evening. Lakeview won 46-26.

Lakeview defeats CSAA rival Central Montcalm

Lakeview’s quick start over Central Montcalm led to a big win Friday night. The Wildcats scored the five of the first six touchdowns of the game and cruised to a 46-26 win over the Green Hornets Friday.


Greenville slowed by FH Northern, falls 26-0

Coming into Friday night’s football game, the Forest Hills Northern Huskies had allowed just 65 points in six games. After seven games, they still have surrendered just 65 points.

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UNDERSTANDING HEALTH REFORM — The basics of the Affordable Care Act

The government shutdown and what seems to have become a political fight over implementation of a new health care law are generating confusion in America. Amid the politics, many Americans are wondering what effect these changes will have on them.


Gowen man dies in one-car crash on way to church

A Gowen man who was on his way to church Sunday morning has died after his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.


Motorcyclist dies, couple injured in Howard City accident

A motorcyclist died and a couple was critically injured in a downtown Howard City accident tonight. The accident occurred around 7:04 p.m. at the intersection of Ensley and Shaw streets.

The Six Pak band in an early promotional photo, taken in the 1960s. The group recently reformed and are again doing live shows around West Michigan.

All-girl band Six Pak reunites to rock again

Are you ever too old to rock and roll? Cindy Obetts’ answer is pretty definitive: “You are never too old,” she says. “It’s fun to tell people you’re in a rock band as they look at your wrinkled face and think, ‘yeah, right.’”