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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.

Newly appointed Belding City Councilman Brad Miller speaks during his interview with the council at a special meeting on Thursday evening. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

Brad Miller to serve on Belding council

It nearly came down to picking a name out of a red solo cup — again. During a special meeting Thursday evening, the Belding City Council appointed Brad Miller to fill a seat vacated by Dennis Cooper on June 5.

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.


Funeral Notices for Saturday, July 2, 2016

Funeral Notices for Saturday, July 2, 2016

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.

The Amble Fire Department’s original 1948 International fire truck sits in a barn at Dale Ulrich’s farm in Winfield Township. The truck has 2,663 miles on it, along with original tires, hoses and wooden ladder. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Amble’s final siren: Winfield Township dissolves fire department

The Amble Fire Department has long had beneficial working relationships with neighboring fire departments. When the Amble Creamery caught fire on Oct. 19, 1942, due to a combustion in the boiler and tool room, the fire spread to the roof of the nearby town hall. Firefighters from Howard City, Lakeview, Coral and Cedar Springs battled the stubborn blaze for two hours. Local volunteers carried water in milk cans by the truckload to help fight the fire.


‘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.


Funeral Notices for July 1, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, July 1, 2016

Kristina Jones of Burton lost her dog, Sammy, while vacationing in Montcalm County in May. It took hours of searching, but after 32 days the two were reunited. — Courtesy photo

Stanton woman helps rescue lost beloved family pet

The plot unfolds like something out of a Liam Neeson movie: A loved one goes missing, search parties are organized, rescuers scour the area to no avail, the loved one is sited but again disappears, as if she doesn’t want to be rescued. Eventually, our protagonist finds herself deep in the woods, wearing camouflage clothing and makeup, hoping to spot the missing family member.

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.