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A view of the Flat River from downtown Greenville. The Flat River originates from the Six Lakes area and flows through Montcalm, Ionia and Kent counties, into the Grand River in Lowell. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Flat River sampling finds high levels of human fecal matter, say officials

Rivers are one of Michigan’s most precious treasures. They are amazingly self-sustaining and beautiful throughout all seasons. However, they are still susceptible to the pollutants of animals and humans.

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JUST IN: Fatal Friday motorcycle crash

HOME TOWNSHIP — Following a Friday night crash, a motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.  At around 6:42 p.m. on Friday, the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an accident involving a motorcycle and a minivan at the intersection of North Wyman Road and East North County Line Road. Upon arriving on-scene, deputies [...]

Heather Fishburn, 16, of the North Central 4-H Club, was declared the 2015 Montcalm County 4-H Sweepstakes Showmanship Champion Saturday after achieving the highest score among her fellow 4-H showmanship champions in showing 11 different animals. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Vestaburg teen wins 4-H sweepstakes showmanship

Of the many accolades and recognitions awarded throughout the Montcalm County 4-H Fair, nothing may be more coveted than being crowned the winner of the sweepstakes showmanship championship competition.

From left, Montabella High School graduating seniors Timothy Jordan, Zachary Taubitz, Zachary Lahay, Peter Taylor and Tristan Viglianco, turn their tassels from right to left Sunday, signifying their graduation from the high school. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montabella graduating class of 35 hauled in $233,112 in scholarships

On Sunday evening, the smallest graduating class in the history of Montabella High School departed school for the final time with diplomas firmly in hand. Though the class may be small in number at 35 graduates, there was no questioning the large size of every heart and mind that was cloaked in a cap and gown of navy blue or white.

Vestaburg High School graduated 58 seniors at this year’s commencement, held Sunday afternoon at the high school. Pictured are Vestaburg graduates awaiting the beginning of the ceremony. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Vestaburg graduates consider ‘the places they will go’

This year’s valedictorian at Vestaburg High School, Jacob Young, relied heavily on a doctor’s advice during his address to the graduating class of 2015 on Sunday afternoon — Dr. Seuss. That advice, from the children’s book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” — though originally intended for youngsters — applies admirably to graduates moving on to college or careers.

A Vestaburg man died after his motorcycle collided with an automobile Sunday afternoon. — Courtesy photo

JUST IN: Vestaburg man killed in motorcycle-automobile crash

A Vestaburg man is dead after his motorcycle collided with a automobile Sunday afternoon. The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a car-motorcycle crash at approximately 3:04 p.m. on Sunday at the intersection of East Howard City-Edmore Road and North Crystal Road.

Pointing to the date of her graduation ceremony, Montabella High School senior Madelyn Karcher is excited to move on to college life at Central Michigan University. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montabella High School senior is a proactive student leader

Montabella High School senior Madelyn Karcher personifies the words “proactive” and “leadership.” For starters, this year as a senior, she tackled six dual enrollment classes at Mid Michigan Community College and she took an online English course. She will not be stopping there.

Construction has already begun at 311 Charlotte St. in Edmore, however, the denial of a variance request by the Zoning Board of Appeals for property owner Lawrence Kauffman means he must keep within the village’s ordinances in building a pole barn on the property. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore Village Council denies property owner’s pole barn request

A property owner’s variance request that would have allowed a pole barn to be built closer to the edge of his property has been voted down after residents expressed their concerns. At the May 11 Edmore Village Council meeting, the council, which also serves as the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), entered into a public hearing to discuss a variance request from Lawrence Kauffman for his vacant property at 311 Charlotte St., where he is building a new home.

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JUST IN: Vestaburg bank manager charged with embezzlement, identity theft

A Vestaburg bank manager has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of embezzlement and identity theft. The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation at the Vestaburg branch of Mercantile Bank at 9002 E. Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) that led to the arrest of a longtime employee.

The former Hitachi water tower, located at 7800 N. Heff Road in the village’s Sunrise Industrial Park, is currently not in use but will continue to stand empty as Edmore Village Council members await less expensive bids for possible demolition. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore holds off on water tower demolition

After spending a half million dollars to restore and paint Edmore’s water tower in April, the Village Council turned its focus this month to another water tower. During Monday evening’s meeting, council members briefly entertained the idea of dismantling the former Hitachi water tower at 7800 N. Heff Road in the village’s Sunrise Industrial Park.