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UPDATE: Teenagers ID’d after fiery fatal crash

The victims of a fiery car crash early this morning have been identified.

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Montcalm County 4-H’ers want full-time coordinator

Supporters of Montcalm County’s 4-H program are hoping the currently vacant 4-H coordinator position will be improved to a full-time job. Local 4-H advocates appeared at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to ask the board to consider improving the part-time position to a full-time position for the upcoming fiscal year.

This two-story house and property at 918 Richardston St. in Lakeview will be up for auction Monday at a minimum bid of $5,000. — Courtesy photo

Ionia and Montcalm county land auction set for Monday

Properties will be sold for just a fraction of their value at the annual Ionia and Montcalm county minimum bid land auction Monday.

Members of the Stanton City Commission continue their search for a new city manager to replace former manager James Freed, who left for another job in Port Huron last month. When hired, the new manager will provide services to both the city of Stanton and the village of Lakeview. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Search continues for Stanton/Lakeview manager

Several candidates have come forward seeking the city manager’s position recently vacated by James Freed, who left last month to accept a manager’s position in Port Huron.

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Grattan Academy comes out on top in SchoolDigger.com study

It seems every organization out there dedicated to K-12 education has its own formula to track student success. There are report cards, color schemes, annual progress reports, at-risk declarations and top-to-bottom lists.

It’s up to school officials to take in each of these state or independent group studies and try to piece together the puzzle that most accurately depicts student achievement.

Ask any school official which formula works best and they will probably answer none of them … or maybe all of them.

Area 4-H’ers stand with their animals to be judged during Saturday’s showmanship sweepstakes competition at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lakeview teen wins 4-H sweepstakes showmanship championship

After 14 years of dreaming, and five years of coming so close, it was on her last attempt of showing 4-H animals that Kristina Brasington’s dream finally came true. Having been awarded the showmanship champion for cavies this year, Brasington, 18, of the Winfield Hustlers 4-H Club, was given the task, along with nine other 4-H’ers, of showing 10 total animals in an effort to be declared the 2014 sweepstakes champion.

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Coral Days back again after 1-year absence

This year’s Coral Days, slated for this Saturday, will be only one day long, but that’s one day longer than last year’s festival, the first time in about a century that the event was not held. Fortunately, new volunteers have stepped up to the plate and promise that Coral Day(s) will be jam packed with activities for young and old alike. According to Jeanne Sturgeon, who chairs the Coral Days committee, planning for the event started late last summer and has progressed to the point that organizers are certain this year’s event will be one of the best, even if it is only one day long.

From left, 2014 Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year Kennedy Cogsworth, first runner-up Rory Eldridge, Ericka Haag, Jacob Homich, Heidi Terry, and second runner-up Elizabeth Yelland, stand together Saturday evening in the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds Ash Building during the awards presentation for 2014 4-H’er of the year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gowen teenager selected as 2014 4-H’er of the Year

It all started with two fat, little pygmy goats, ‘Moo’ and ‘Oink.’ Seven years later, after learning to properly care for her two precious animal friends and so many others, Kennedy Cogswell has become a young leader of the local 4-H community.

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JUST IN: 5 injured in Sunday evening crash in Pine Township

Five people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Pine Township on Sunday evening. Montcalm County Sheriff Deputies responded to the accident at approximately 6:42 p.m. at the corner of Gravel Ridge and Coral roads.

The northeast corner of a rural Lakeview sawmill smolders following a fire caused by a lightning strike early Wednesday morning. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Amish community plans to rebuild Lakeview sawmill after lightning strike

The Five Corners sawmill isn’t a major operation by most standards. Nine men are employed there and they process an average of 4,000 to 5,000 feet of wood per day. Drivers deliver wood to the sawmill from numerous locations and more drivers deliver the processed wood about an hour north to McBain for pallet use.