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Vandals used spray paint to write and draw obscene words and images on Thursday morning on Clay, Franklin and High streets in Greenville. Pictured is one of the tamer images. — Courtesy photo

JUST IN: Obscene vandals strike in Greenville; 3 teens arrested

When several residents on the south side of Greenville awoke Thursday morning, they were greeted to a less than pleasant sight.

Vandals had marched up and down Clay, Franklin and High streets with spray paint cans at the ready. During their marauding between 2:30 and 4 a.m., vandals tagged up houses, vehicles, public utility boxes and even the street itself. All told, there were 13 cases of destruction with spray paint.

A view from the auctioneer booth during the Montcalm County 4-H Market Animal Livestock Auction on Thursday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

4-H’ers show off their efforts at livestock auction

Three little pigs went to the market, but none of them actually came home … they were auctioned off at the Montcalm County 4-H Market Animal Livestock Auction. People flocked to the fairgrounds Thursday evening to place their bids on homegrown Montcalm County livestock during the auction. The 4-H’ers showing animals at the auction represented clubs from across the county.

A look behind the scenes at the Greenville Ecumenical Food Kitchen. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville Ecumenical Food Kitchen marks decade

When it comes to filling people’s bellies, the Greenville Ecumenical Food Kitchen is an equal opportunity food mission. “There are no requirements to get a meal here,” Director Jan Drake said. “Everyone is welcome. Just come in for a free meal.”

This was the first year for the goat cart demonstration at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. In the past, no one had signed up for the category. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

And the award for best dressed goat goes to …

Young 4-H’ers had a chance to show off their months of hard work during Tuesday afternoon’s goat events at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Dozens of “Clover Buds,” as well as several older 4-H’ers lined up with their hoofed ruminants to be judged on looks, workability and grooming, as well as — in the case of the younger kids — their costumes.

The 4-H Poultry, Waterfowl, Wildfowl, Pigeon and Eggs show participants checked out their stand-in chicken on Monday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Fake chickens, real storms at Montcalm County 4-H Fair

As the menacing black storm clouds crept into Montcalm County on Monday afternoon, everyone begin to feel a touch of anxiety. However, the children at the 4-H Poultry, Waterfowl, Wildfowl, Pigeon and Eggs show were anything but chicken. At least not totally.

One of the more unique animals showcased at Monday’s Pocket Pets Show was Scamper, a 3-year-old ferret owned by Ashley Davis, 11, of Vestaburg. Davis, in her second year of participating in the 4-H Fair, said Scamper is a great pet to play with and loves to playfully attack socks. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Young 4-H’ers get showcase experience with Pocket Pets Show

Rarely do cats, rats and ferrets get together in one room — without any chaos, at least. But when they do, it’s a good bet that they’re being showcased at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair’s annual Pocket Pets Show. The show, which has been part of the fair for two decades, is an opportunity for younger 4-H Club members to get involved with the fair by showcasing a household pet.

Miss Michigan KT Maviglia presents Emily Smith of Greenville with the Pam Eldred Community Service award, a $2,000 prize at the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant on Saturday at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in Muskegon. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Greenville woman first runner-up at last weekend’s Miss Michigan pageant

“It all started with the Miss Danish Festival Pageant!” Two local women, Lauren Walsh as Miss Danish Festival and Emily Smith, Miss Danish Festival 2013 and reigning Miss Pride of the Peninsulas, were among 34 contestants seeking the crown Saturday at the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant at the Frauenthal Center of Performing Arts in Muskegon.

From right, 2015 Montcalm County 4-H’er of the Yea Rachel Rodenhouse, her mother, Melanie Rodenhouse, and sister, Emily Rodenhouse, walk their sheep Sunday to their pen area at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gowen’s Rachel Rodenhouse wins 2015 Montcalm County 4-H’er of the Year

It isn’t often you can find someone who recalls learning to ride a horse before they grasped the ability to take their own first steps. It’s a unique path that eventually led Rachel Rodenhouse into the realm of the Montcalm County 4-H program, and on Saturday, her passion for the program was placed atop the highest pedestal.

Eureka Township Planning Commission member Randy Klepper and Vice Chairman Duane Putnam consider outbuilding setback zoning regulations during their meeting on Wednesday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Single zoning complaint leads to series of violations

Sometimes enforcing local zoning ordinances can be like setting up dominoes. Once one violation of the ordinance is found, more often than not several more can be found in the immediate vicinity.

A series of anatomically correct fake chickens will be substituted for real birds during the upcoming Montcalm County 4-H Fair due to concerns about avian influenza. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County 4-H Fair adapts to accomodate avian influenza warnings

Montcalm County 4-H officials are doing a bit of the chicken dance in order to prevent avian influenza while still helping local youth enjoy an educational week at the fair. The Michigan Department of Agriculture announced the cancellation of all poultry shows in the state in an attempt to stop the spread of avian influenza, which has been found in wild geese in Macomb County.