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MS Warrior Jalon Ekholm has used her debilitating illness to help inspire other MS sufferers to lead full, rich lives. Here, she is seen atop a 40-foot telephone pole she climbed as a challenge during a PSI Strategies for Life Success seminar. — Courtesy photo

From Airman to Warrior, Greenville woman faces life on her own terms

Fifteen years ago Jalon Ekholm’s life trundled along like a well-oiled locomotive, each day following the next along tracks she had carefully mapped out in her mind. Her career in the Air Force was going well; she served at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in communications. Top-secret messages travelled through her hands on their way to military and civilian recipients.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 30, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Sept. 30, 2013

Comstock Park defensive back Sam LaRoche grabs a first quarter interception for the Panthers. Comstock Park grabbed three interceptions in Friday’s 30-7 win over the Belding Redskins.

Comstock Park hands Belding first loss

In a battle of unbeaten teams, it was the Comstock Park Panthers making key plays when needed. Comstock Park forced three turnovers, Jake Bush rushed for 161 yards (scored four touchdowns) and they stopped the Belding Redskins when they needed it the most in a 30-7 O-K Blue Conference win on Friday night.

Central Montcalm’s Keagan James breaks free from a Holton tackler during Friday’s 49-36 homecoming win.

Central Montcalm tops Holton on homecoming

Central Montcalm’s football team got a win on one of their bigger nights of the season. The Green Hornets beat the Holton Red Devils 49-36 on homecoming Friday night, led by quarterback Keagan James.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Sept. 27

CC-Crystal 50, Coleman 48: The Eagles handed the Comets their first loss of the season in an MSAC-South Division game Friday night. Dallas O’Green had three touchdowns…


Local food pantries receiving hunters’ help

Keeping area food pantries well stocked can present a challenge with rising food and gas prices, but local hunters and meat processors come together to help feed families. Two area deer processors discuss how they and hunters help put dinner on the table.

Though hunting isn’t as big as it once was in Michigan, “there are still plenty of hunters who enjoy it as much as ever,” said Magnum Sports owner Kevin Martin, pictured above.

WOODS & WATER: Outdoor enthusiasts, businesses optimistic of ongoing decline of Michigan hunters

As the number of deer hunters and licenses issued throughout Michigan continues to decline, outdoor advocates in Montcalm and Ionia counties are attempting to buck that trend.

Kelly Quinn has spoken at various events around the area, relating the story of her brutal assault and her long road back to happiness.

Assault victim, author finds healing in God, forgiveness

The crime was abhorrent, unspeakably violent. The sort of thing that happens to somebody else, is written up in the papers and splashed across network news feeds, and is then promptly forgotten by most in favor of the “next big story.”
For the victim, however, forgetting is not an option.

Waterfowl hunting is a favorite of the MacMillens. Shown with one day’s take from left is Nolan MacMillen, son of Jeff MacMillen.

WOODS & WATER: Local families keeping hunting traditions strong

In Michigan, there is a long tradition — some even call it a rite of passage — that many youngsters learn each year. All the modern technology in the world cannot compare to the feeling, the smell, the sound of the crisp outdoors and the rush one gets the moment a deer comes into sight.

Bill Simpson Jr.

BUSINESS BEAT: Stanton man launches Life Document Storage service

What do you do when you can’t find a business service you need? Bill Simpson Jr. decided to start his own.