The Montcalm Township Board will be asked next Wednesday to vote to shut down a recycling site at the township hall due to repeated issues with people dumping trash there. (Courtesy photos)

Trashed recycling site set to close in Montcalm Township

Michael Adams stopped one man from dumping old carpeting at the Montcalm Township recycling site Wednesday, even as a woman separately began arguing with Adams about why she couldn’t leave her trash there. “This lady was arguing with me, ‘why, why?’ I said it’s not on the sign, it’s not recyclable,” recalled Adams, frustration apparent in his voice. “It’s always been bad, but the last six months it just got out of control.”

London Eldridge, 13, of the North Center 4-H Club, gets her market steer ready for auction during Thursday evening’s livestock auction at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair.

Montcalm County 4-H Fair livestock auction brings in $278,000

Eager 4-H’ers, along with their families, friends and club members, lined up, some clutching ropes tied to their various livestock, others carrying animals in cages. Buyers and spectators crowded into seats in the livestock arena while other people milled around the outside of the arena. The auctioneer spoke rapidly, in the aptly named “cattle rattle,” that is signature of the trade.

From left, Grace Hornsbee, 12, of Greenville, Darby Peterman, 11 of McBride, and Esten Peterman, 7, of McBride, slide down the Fun Slide together Wednesday evening as the sun sets on the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Montcalm County 4-H Fair wraps up today

Spinning around at a rapid rate and screaming at the top of their lungs, there was no telling if Peyton Pelak, 7, and Cubby Vershueren, 7 were enjoying themselves or terrified beyond belief. But as they exited the Star Trooper ride Friday afternoon at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair, the cousins from Greenville sprinted past their mothers, immediately heading to the next ride in line along the carnival midway.

Kurtis VanGessel, 11, of Gowen, helps his brother Raymond, 5, look at starfish through a microscope with the help of Theresa Decker and Merry Kim Meyers of Montcalm Community College at the college's The Know Place agriculture and science station at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

The Know Place brings hands-on learning experience to fair

Seashells, skeletons and a baby pig fetus were popular attractions Wednesday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Kurtis VanGessel, 11, of Gowen, is a member of the Mixed Bag of Nuts Club. He helped his brother Raymond, 5, look at seashells through a telescope, then contemplated a jar containing the pickled baby pig.


‘End of an era’ for Robbins Book List

This city’s lone bookstore is closing its doors.Doug Robbins opened Robbins Book List in 1997. The store at 320 St. Lafayette St. in downtown Greenville became known for its atmosphere of fellowship and the place to go for local authors and book-signings.

Style Review and Performing Arts Show judge Deanna Sweet offers advice to Montcalm County 4-H’ers who participated in Tuesday evening’s show. — Daily News/Cory Smith

4-H’ers shine in Style Review and Performing Arts Show (PHOTOS)

As Mackenzie Miller softly took the stage Tuesday evening in her ballet slippers, she waited patiently with closed eyes for her dance routine to start. Standing silently in the Montcalm County Fairgrounds’ Ash Building, upon taking one last deep breath, the first word from a poem she had co-written came over the audio system.

Leigh Acker

Greenville Middle School principal retiring

Longtime educator and administrator Leigh Acker is closing the book on one chapter of her life and opening it on the next. After more than 30 years — most of those at the middle school — Leigh’s retirement is official today.

Alivia Kindel, 11, of Howard City, left, and Theresa Landis, 11, of Rockford, scream with excitement as they rise high into the air riding the “Crazy Surf” carnival midway ride at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds on Tuesday. The carnival midway will be open each day at 1 p.m. until dusk this week. Today, Thursday and Saturday, all-day wristbands can be purchased for $18. On Friday, which is “Kids Day,” wristbands will be available at a discounted rate of $12. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carnival midway is open at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair

From winning giant stuffed animals to spinning so quickly you can’t see straight, this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair carnival midway is shaping up to offer fun for fairgoers young and old. With the tantalizing aroma of Smoky B’s Barbecue lingering in the air and the evening sky illuminated with blinking carnival lights, the small-town fair atmosphere is considered a staple of annual 4-H festivities.

Former Central Montcalm Public School superintendent Jacob Helms of Clifford Lake was one of many residents to address the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday about law enforcement cuts. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Adopt a park, adopt a sheriff’s deputy?

Montcalm County officials have come up with an Adopt-A-Park plan to help keep county parks open amid budget cuts.

But who will adopt a sheriff’s deputy?

Montcalm County 4-H’er of the Year candidates, from left, Hayley Heft, Anne Thompson, runner-up Ericka Haag and 4-H’er of the Year, Rory Eldridge. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Third generation 4-H’er honored as Montcalm County 4-H’er of the Year

Thanks to a love instilled on his grandfather’s farm, Rory Eldridge of the North Central 4-H Club was named the Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year on Saturday.

Rory, of Stanton, is a third generation 4-H’er and got involved with 4-H when he was 10 years old.