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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.’”


Funeral Notices — Saturday, October 12, 2013

Funeral notices for Saturday, October 12, 2013

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Heroin use is on the rise in Montcalm, Ionia counties

On a day that should have been a joyous occasion, Tami Monks made a phone call that no parent would wish on their own worst enemy. It was Feb. 8, her birthday, a day that should be celebrated with cake, gifts and warm wishes from family. But Tami had run out of options with her daughter, Casey. Against all her desires and hating herself in the process, Tami picked up the phone and called the police.

Firefighters from the Sheridan Community Fire Department raised funds for a new playground near the village offices, then spent a weekend erecting the structure there. The playground was purchased from a Belding elementary school for about $1,500. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Sheridan firefighters donate time and money for new village playground

Youngsters in this village now have a few more options when it comes to free time activities, thanks to the efforts of the Sheridan Community Fire Department. Last week, firefighters volunteered their time and effort to erect a new playground near the village offices. Though built on village property, the project cost the town nothing, thanks again to the firefighters.

Greenville’s Amanda Kerschen hits her approach shot on the 10th hole at The Links at Bowen Lake during Thursday’s Division 2 regional tournament.

Greenville returns to golf state finals

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls golf team is returning to the Division 2 state finals for the fifth consecutive season. The Yellow Jackets secured their spot with a third place finish on Thursday at the regional tournament at The Links of Bowen Lake. The host Yellow Jackets fired a 399, which was seven shots better than Forest Hills Northern’s 406 and nine shots better than Lowell’s 408.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, Oct. 10

Newaygo 4, Lakeview 2: The Wildcats were outscored 4-1 in the second half and lost their final regular-season game Thursday. Ryohei Mitsui and David Wheeler had unassisted goals for the Wildcats in the loss…


CC-Crystal playing for MSAC title today

There’s no need to tell Carson City-Crystal’s football team what’s at stake today in Mount Pleasant. The Eagles are going there today to face the Sacred Heart Irish, with both teams sitting at 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Mid-State Activities Conference South Division.