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Eric and Jasmine Elliott are pictured with Eric's mother, Deb Elliott (at far right), the Elliott children Dayton, 4 (holding his mother Jasmine's hands), Damion, age 8 months old (being held by grandmother Deb) and Kaytlynn, 3 (Deb's granddaughter). Eric is holding the family dog, Shotty. - Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

‘Army of angels’: Community helps Hubbardston family after house fire

Members of this small community are banding together to help a young family after their home and all their belongings were destroyed in an electrical fire. The Hubbardston Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at 607 N. Washington St. in Hubbardston around 5:30 p.m. May 9. The Carson City Fire Department assisted.


Burglar breaks into vacant home, leaves behind MSU baseball cap

Police are looking for someone who broke into and vandalized a vacant house, leaving a Michigan State University baseball cap behind. Michigan State Police Trooper James Yeager responded to a malicious destruction of property complaint in the 11000 block of Jessup Road.


OUR VIEW: Commence with commencement

It is graduation season, and graduation days are time markers in our lives. The seasonal term for graduation is commencement, meaning a beginning. But it’s no less important to understand that it is also a time of conclusion, an ending.

A Howard City auto repair shop was destroyed in a fire Tuesday afternoon. The Howard City Fire Department responded to Mot's Motors at 20021 Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) north of Howard City shortly before 5 p.m. — Courtesy photo/Ken Kool

Howard City auto repair shop destroyed by Tuesday afternoon fire

A Howard City auto repair shop was destroyed in a fire Tuesday afternoon. The Howard City Fire Department responded to Mot’s Motors at 20021 Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) north of Howard City shortly before 5 p.m. According to Fire Chief Randy Heckman, the owner of the store was doing grind work in the back of the building, then went up front to help a customer.

A view north from the M-82 overpass just west of Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

U.S. 131 construction project well under way (Photo Gallery)

A $15 million road construction project on U.S. 131 is well under way. The Michigan Department of Transportation is resurfacing 12 miles of U.S. 131 from Cannonsville Road north to M-46. Traffic is being maintained on U.S. 131 at all times using crossovers, which were constructed last year.


New no-parking signs on some Greenville streets

Residents in Greenville will see new no-parking signs on local streets around Spectrum Health United Hospital.

During the Greenville’s regular scheduled meeting Tuesday night, the council approved to have no-parking signs placed on streets around United Hospital to address safety concerns.

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Ionia-Montcalm Drug Court receives $50,000 grant to help program

The 8th Judicial Circuit Court’s drug court is going strong in Ionia and Montcalm counties. Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger obtained a $20,000 one-year planning grant from the Michigan Supreme Court in the fall of 2010. The grant allowed Kreeger to hire Kristi Jeffrey to coordinate drug court. When the grant ex-pired, Jeffrey continued to donate her time.


Funeral Notices for May 16, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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Lowell downs Belding in nonconference golf matchup at Candlestone

A stiff wind that was blowing around Candlestone Golf and Resort didn’t help Belding’s golf team beat Lowell. The Red Arrows shot a team score of 165 to the Redskins’ 190 at Candlestone Tuesday.


Ash daughter agrees to pay $4.3 million in estate taxes, drops lawsuit

Local charity officials can breath a sign of relief — Jennifer Ash has decided to pay her mother’s estate taxes. Jennifer Ash of Connecticut announced Thursday — the day the taxes were due — that she will release $4.3 million from her father Stanley Ash’s qualified terminable interest property (QTIP) fund to pay Blanche Ash’s estate taxes. Jennifer Ash also dissolved the lawsuit regarding who should pay the taxes.