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We Care For Kids Council Executive Director Nicole Long selects a first grade student at Baldwin Heights Elementary School to answer a question during a “Protect Yourself” classroom session, where Long teaches students about the dangers of sexual abuse, physical abuse and abductions. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County program aims to help children with dangerous situations

A child in danger, whether from a lurking predator or an abusive home, is a situation recognized by parents, teachers and adults as despicable and wrong, and when discovered, action should be taken. But one perspective difficult to view is that of the child, who may not even realize that what is happening around them could be considered dangerous.

With supporters behind her carrying messages of support, Otisco Township resident Lynn Mason announced her candidacy for the Michigan House of Representatives District 86 on Monday at East Riverside Park in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Ex-Belding teacher announces her candidacy for state House

Former Belding educator and current Ionia County commissioner Lynn Mason has officially thrown her hat into the ring in the 2014 race for the Michigan House of Representatives 86th District.


Funeral Notices for Oct. 15, 2013

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OUR VIEW: Shutdown due to lack of leadership

The government of the most powerful nation on the globe is supposedly shut down. What can be said about that situation other than there is an obvious lack of leadership on both sides of the aisle. Forget about who’s right and who’s wrong: both sides have legitimate arguments. But we hire these folks to settle the differences in a way that benefits the country as a whole. That’s their job … and they get lifetime benefits for their trouble.

Members of the Belding High School Marching Band, from left, Johnny Adame, Leevi Hansen, Andrew Swider, Sarah Rodel, and David Tuttle, perform Saturday evening at the second annual Redskin Invitational at Rudness field in Belding during a downpour of rain. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Marchin’ in the Rain: Belding band picks up best score of season

The Belding High School Marching Band put on a show so moving Saturday evening that Mother Nature herself was found weeping as the final note played.


Funeral Notices for Oct. 14, 2013

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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.

Marcus Cheatham

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…