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Plans for the first Taste of Montcalm event include children’s games, a beer tent, live bands, an arts show and more, all at D. Hale Brake Park on Stanton’s south side. — Courtesy photo

First ever Taste of Montcalm coming to Stanton in June

Everyone has that one restaurant they’ve always meant to try. You’ve heard the food is good and the waitstaff is attentive. And yet, somehow, you’ve never gotten around to it. On June 25 in Stanton, you’ll have your chance. That’s when the city’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) presents the first ever Taste of Montcalm County.

Although the actual repaving of Washington Street won’t begin until late August, Consumers Energy workers are currently moving gas lines from the south to the north side of the road. Once completed, new water mains also will go in. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Washington Street work underway in Sheridan

Hikers who enjoy walking a circuit around Pearl Lake are in for a treat this October.

That’s when workers will be finishing up a complete overhaul of Washington Street between Main and Maple streets.

Two fuel tanks located at the site of the former Carnation building in Sheridan must be removed before further development of the property can move forward. A similar tank was removed earlier and showed no indication of soil or groundwater contamination. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Fuel tank removal among final stages of Carnation building demo

Two large subterranean tanks containing fuel oil located at the former site of the Carnation building will have to be dug up before the property can be further developed or sold. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Sheridan Village Council, council members discussed how best to address the problem.

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Lakeview Village Council endorses 9/11 parade

The victims of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as those who responded to the terrorist attack, will be remembered and honored again this fall thanks to the efforts of the local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers.

A mother and her 2-year-old son suffered nonlife threatening injuries when a car she had been driving, but which she had exited, backed over them. The accident took place around 2:30 p.m. on S. Clay Street in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Mother, child injured in Greenville accident

A Greenville mother and her 2-year-old daughter were injured Tuesday afternoon when a car she had been driving ran over them.

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Belding loses one of its best boosters

One of the best known, and arguably best loved, names in Belding passed into history Thursday morning. Robert Jay “Bob” Leppink — a driving force behind the grocery stores and development company that bear his name — died in his Belding home.

“Benjamin Losford and His Handy Dandy Clippers” tells the true story of a freed slave and his journey from a Kentucky plantation to the village of Edmore, where he became the town’s barber and a respected member of the community. (Courtesy illustration)

New children’s book highlights local contributions of African Americans

Benjamin Losford was born into a life of slavery. It was the mid-1800s, a plantation in Boone County, Ky. Growing up, Benjamin would overhear relatives speaking in hushed voices of his father, Abraham, who has escaped to the north, vowing to someday return for his family. Abraham’s first attempt to reclaim Benjamin and his sister resulted in his recapture.

But Abraham — who had served as the plantation’s resident barber — escaped a second time, eventually settling in Howell, where he opened his own barber shop

Mecosta County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Wieber is pictured with his wife, Bethany and their infant son, Charlie. Jason is currently receiving treatment in Houston, Texas, for a rare brain tumor. Friends at the Phenix Bar in Edmore will host a benefit for the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. — Courtesy photo

Phenix Restaurant ‘family’ hosts benefit for owner fighting rare brain tumor 

Until November 2011, Jason Wieber’s life was much like that of any Mecosta County Sheriff’s deputy. He spent his days responding to assaults, traffic accidents, shoplifting reports. He wrote the occasional speeding ticket.

Only 25 of these custom-built 2016 Tombstone Motorcycle Hearses have been made and one is now part of the Simpson Family Funeral Home business in Sheridan. Funeral home owner Bill Simpson Jr., pictured above, says the purchase of the new hearse is a unique way of “celebrating a person’s life and not just mourning their death.” (Courtesy photo)

BUSINESS BEAT: Funeral home’s new motorcycle hearse offers a unique ‘one last ride’

For many riders, a motorcycle is more than simply transportation … it’s a way of life. Thanks to a new offering from Simpson Family Funeral Homes it’s a way of life that can be celebrated even in death.

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Volunteer offers free junk pickup in Stanton

There’s good news and bad news for city residents. The bad news is, if you’re in violation of Stanton’s blight ordinance, chances are you’re going to be cited, if you haven’t been already.