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Rain showers came and went, but trophies and ribbons were won and as the sun sets on the final night of the Montcalm County 4-H Fair, the countdown to next year’s event begins. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

2014 Montcalm County 4-H Fair comes to a close

As the dust settled over the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, with a final whinny of a horse echoing through the now empty stables, it appears this year was a success for both 4-H’ers and visitors of the fair.

With the use of a solar panel, rechargeable batteries, a few wires, an energy converter and an Altoids container, Ethan Gallagher, 14, of Hubbardston, built this cell phone charger. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Hubbardston boy wins Best in Show with resourceful, practical device

In today’s world, a fully charged cell phone could be deemed as necessary as a car filled with gas, or perhaps to your average teenager, as important as food and water. With a noticeable absence of your standard electrical wall outlet, the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds is not considered an ideal location to plug in one’s phone as it nears the end of it’s battery life, but that doesn’t matter to Ethan Gallagher.

Gabbie and Naomi Blumberug, front, Jac Mulhulland and Lyla Luce, back, take the first of three laps on a mini roller coaster Wednesday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

4-H spirits remain high despite rains

Showing both horses and goats Tuesday morning and afternoon at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, Corban Spittka was drenched from head to toe as heavy rains splashed down all around him. The dedicated 4-H’er, 15, of Sheridan, was having a difficult time showing his animals, as his horse was spooked and his goats were disturbed by the sights and sounds that the rainstorm brought with it.

Montcalm Community College Vice President of Academic Affairs Rob Spohr, right, delivers a presentation focused on funding the Montcalm Alliance to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Monday afternoon at the County Administration Building in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Commissioners pledge $25,000 per year to Montcalm Alliance

When it comes to financing an effort to grow and strengthen economic development in Montcalm County, the Montcalm Alliance officially has another ally. In a unanimous vote Monday afternoon, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to contribute $25,000 to the Montcalm Alliance for the next three years “to enhance the effort of economic development within Montcalm County and the region.”

From left, 2014 Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year Kennedy Cogsworth, first runner-up Rory Eldridge, Ericka Haag, Jacob Homich, Heidi Terry, and second runner-up Elizabeth Yelland, stand together Saturday evening in the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds Ash Building during the awards presentation for 2014 4-H’er of the year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gowen teenager selected as 2014 4-H’er of the Year

It all started with two fat, little pygmy goats, ‘Moo’ and ‘Oink.’ Seven years later, after learning to properly care for her two precious animal friends and so many others, Kennedy Cogswell has become a young leader of the local 4-H community.

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JUST IN: Local pastor killed in one-car accident, vehicle found submerged in lake

A local pastor was found dead Sunday morning after his car was spotted, submerged in a lake, by a passing driver.

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For Devon: Belding school dedicates tree in memory of 10-year-old boy

The crack of a bat as it strikes a baseball, the ensuing cheers from the crowd that follow and the jubilation of celebrating together as a team at home plate. Those moments are what so many boys and girls look forward to the very second the last day of school is finished, and summer begins. Those moments, they are also what Devon Morrison, who died last September, would have taken so much joy in and shared with everyone who knew him.

Belding resident Dennis Cooper and Belding City Councilman Joe Feuerstein, at left, take part in a clarity/factual review session Wednesday of recall petition language submitted by Cooper against Feuerstein. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding recall language approved

Petitions to recall a Belding city councilman will soon be circulated throughout the community after a second attempt at approving recall language was accepted Wednesday morning. Belding resident Dennis Cooper submitted recall petition language against Councilman Joe Feuerstein on June 5, which was reviewed and approved in a unanimous vote by the Ionia County Election Commission during a clarity/factual review hearing at the Ionia County Courthouse.

From left, Belding City Council members Mike Scheid and Jerry Lallo review documents in regards to the city's 2013-2014 fiscal year budget Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding extends its 4-day work week

Members of Belding City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to accept a budget amendment that added more than $100,000 into the city’s general fund.

Belding Area Schools Finance Director Adrianna Barna, right, delivers a presentation before the Belding Area Schools Board of Education during a public hearing on the proposed 2014-2015 fiscal year budget for the district Monday evening.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board adopts budget plans

With the final days of school finally coming to a close for students this week, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education finalized the fourth and final amendment to the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year Budget.