Lori Hansen

Miss Heartland and her court include, from left, third runner-up Molly Smith, first runner-up Kayla Pingel, Miss Heartland Charlotte Squires, second runner-up Allison Adams and fourth runner-up Hannah Haynes. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Local women compete for Miss Heartland crown

Some of Michigan’s most beautiful and talented young women were at Central Montcalm Middle School on Saturday evening for the Miss Heartland Scholarship Pageant and the crowning of the Miss Heartland and Miss Heartland Outstanding Teen.

Allison Harrison, with her father Rod Harrison, at the Miss Belding 2014 pageant. — Courtesy photo

Ex-Miss Belding aims to be next Miss Michigan

Allison Harrison has grown up on the stage, and her goals are set on one specific stage: The Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in Muskegon.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Charlie Mahar reads to Denise Shaw’s kindergarten class at Greenville’s Cedar Crest Elementary School. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Local police officers visit elemetary school students

There was a heavy police presence at Cedar Crest Elementary School in Greenville last week … and the students were thrilled.


Central Montcalm school board brings back athletic trainer

In a 20-minute meeting Monday, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved ratifying an agreement for a school nurse and heard a presentation on extending a bond issue for capital improvements.

Five-year-old Sophia Hurst of Howard City enjoys some company with friendly animals during Howard City Harvest Festival’s petting zoo at Whispering Pines Mobile Saturday. (Daily News | Lori Hansen)

Howard City’s Harvest Festival fans ‘soak’ up the weekend fun

While folks lined up their chairs Saturday along the parade route, hoping for a glimpse of a special parade entry, one unwanted guest showed up. Minutes before Howard City Harvest Festival’s early afternoon grand parade, sprinkles of rain turned into a heavy drizzle, scattering those lining the parade route to seek shelter under wind-blown umbrellas, doorways and porches.


Pig scramble highlights 2015 Trufant Jubilee

The cute little pink piglet contentedly chewed on the fresh green grass, oblivious to the interruption that was about to descend on her peaceful bliss. The piglet was the star of the show in the third annual Trufant Jubilee Pig Scramble where children — and adults — had the opportunity to catch the porker and win an impressive trophy and a few minutes of fame.

Trufant Jubilee Queen BreAnna Schultz, seated, and her court, from left, Princess Jayda Fitzgerald, Queen First Runner-Up Caitlin Madlener, Miss Pre-Teen First Runner-Up Melissa McKinley, Queen Second Runner-Up Krysta Frye and Miss Pre-Teen Madison Gibbons will reign over Trufant’s weekend celebration.  — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Trufant queen a first time contestant

BreAnna Schultz isn’t quite sure what the Trufant Jubilee queen does, but the 17-year-old is about to find out. Schultz, the daughter of Scott and Judy Schultz of Trufant, decided to run for the title just for fun and to gain pageant experience so she would have a better chance if winning another year. However, among a field of three contestants, Schultz walked away with the title this year.

Miss Belding 2014 Allison Harrison crowns her successor Miss Belding Alexis Cahill at Saturday evening’s Miss Belding Scholarship Pageant. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Ex-Young Miss wins Miss Belding pageant

In 2011, Alexis Cahill was named Young Miss Belding. She was 11 years old, and beginning sixth grade. Six years later, the now 17 year-old is beginning her senior year at Belding High School and is holding the title of Miss Belding.

Danish Festival queen Brianna Van Houten (next to Sparky the safety dog mascot) and her court enjoyed Family Fun Day activities, working alongside public safety department to entertain kids. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Rainy Sunday doesn’t deter Danish Festival’s end of weekend

The 51st annual Danish Festival opened Thursday evening under gray skies, but the rain held off until Sunday afternoon. Though the talent show inside at Baldwin Heights Elementary School on as scheduled, the Family Fun Day in the playground was shut down early.

Central Montcalm Public School Superintendent Amy Meinhardt.

Central Montcalm superintendent is ‘highly effective’

Just as teachers give report cards to students, a school board also gives marks to its superintendent.

On Monday, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education graded Superintendent Amy Meinhardt in her first partial school year on the job. Meinhardt received the highest score possible under state law — “highly effective” — which is defined as “meaningfully and consistently contributes to the growth of a professional learning community.”