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Samantha Dann’s first internship as a veterinarian technician was spent as a carnivore keeper for Wildlife Safari in Winston, Ore. Part of her responsibilities included feeding and providing medications for the animals. It was her chance to get up close and personal with many of South Africa’s “big cats,” including this cheetah, named Khaki, who cared for by Wildcats World. (Courtesy photos)

S.H.E.: Ionia’s Samantha Dann follows her passion to work with wild animals

Ever since caring for a kitten of her own, Samantha Dann of Ionia has loved animals, especially cats. Tabbies, Main Coon and Persians make lovely pets, but Dann’s passion involves cats of the more...


S.H.E.: Dress for that lasting impression

Greenville business owner Wendy Gladding knows that a first impression can make a lasting impression, so it is important that it be a good one.

Odysseus (Casey Ewell) at right, and his crew (from left, Melissa Waite, Cynthia Karaba and Karen Emmons) argue about how to return home. — Courtesy photo

MCC’s drama class presents ‘The SeussOdyssey’

The historic play “The Odyssey” is revisited for a modern and goofy twist in Dan Zolidis’s one-act play, “The SeussOdyssey.”

Hillary Christensen, as Dr. Connectum, sings “Them Bones” during a dress rehearsal for Hans Christian Andersen Theater production “Bones.” — Daily News/Lori Hansen

PLAY REVIEW: Play will tickle your funny bone

A “humerus” story with “rib-tickling” fun, “Bones” is also a delightful, educational tale that shows how we — and the skeletal system — must work together.

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Harvest Festival is Saturday in Howard City

A longtime Howard City couple will preside over Saturday’s Howard City Harvest Festival. Lowell and Ann Yanke have been named grand marshals of the 12th annual festival. They will ride in the grand parade...

The Labor Day Parade is one of the annual highlights of Belding's Labor Day Celebration.

Belding Labor Day Celebration to close out summer with a bang

The first days of autumn may be quickly approaching, but there’s still one last celebration in downtown Belding to enjoy before summer comes to a close.

This year’s Belding Labor Day Grand Marshal Byron Davey, with his wife, Debra. — Courtesy photo

Selection as 2014 Labor Day grand marshal ‘humbles’ Davey

Byron Davey has always loved his hometown of Belding, from the time he he attended the original Hallpark Elementary School as a second grade student through his retirement from Belding Area Schools after 33...

Local farmers rumble down the road in their tractors during the Trufant Jubilee parade.

Trufant Jubilee offers historic recreation, fun

One might consider being known as the “Stump Capital of the World” a mixed blessing, at best. But the residents of Trufant have for the past 36 years taken that sobriquet and turned it...

Al and Lil Rasmussen will be honored as grand marshals of this year's Edmore Potato Festival. The Rasmussens own the Lazy R Tack Room in Edmore. — Courtesy photo

Edmore Potato Festival returns

A pair of longtime local business owners will be honored as grand marshals of this year's Edmore Potato Festival, which is slated for Aug. 20-24. Al and Lil Rasmussen have owned the Lazy R...

Bob and Velma Witzel pose in front of the playhouse in the yard of their Stanton home. The Witzels, who will be celebrating their 49th anniversary in September, were elected to be this year’s grand marshals for Stanton’s 2014 Old Fashioned Days. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Carnival adds fun to 2014 Stanton Old Fashioned Days

It just doesn’t feel like summer until you’ve hit at least a couple small town festivals. One of the area’s best, Stanton’s Old Fashioned Days, gets under way Wednesday. According to Damon Davis,...

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