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Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: What is Prop 1?

I am assuming that sometime recently many of you have received a mailing about Prop 1. This proposal will be on the ballot in the Aug. 5 Primary Election.

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From left, having noticed a spot forming on her nose in 2000, Stanton’s Cindy Partlo, at first, thought it was just a sunspot or freckle; laser surgery was used to remove the melanoma from Partlo’s nose and under her eye; Partlo is in the middle of recovering from melanoma cancer. — Courtesy photos

Stanton woman celebrates one-year recovery from cancer with Gran Fondo

It was just a sunspot. Perhaps a new freckle, so she told herself. But even after two dermatologists told Cindy Partlo it was not cancer, a small concern still lingered and grew, as did the spot over the years. Last spring, Partlo, 51, an administrative assistant at Mid-Michigan District Health Department, was strongly encouraged by her eye doctor, Renee Martin of Martin Eye Care in Greenville, to seek a third opinion for the spot on her nose, a spot she first noticed in 2000.

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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.

Gabbie and Naomi Blumberug, front, Jac Mulhulland and Lyla Luce, back, take the first of three laps on a mini roller coaster Wednesday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

4-H spirits remain high despite rains

Showing both horses and goats Tuesday morning and afternoon at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, Corban Spittka was drenched from head to toe as heavy rains splashed down all around him. The dedicated 4-H’er, 15, of Sheridan, was having a difficult time showing his animals, as his horse was spooked and his goats were disturbed by the sights and sounds that the rainstorm brought with it.

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Funeral Notices for June 26, 2014

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James Leichtweis

UPDATE: Detroit man flees sheriff’s deputies in Reynolds Township

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office deputies engaged in a pursuit on Wednesday that ended with the arrest of the suspect. The suspect, a 54-year-old Detroit man, is lodged in the Montcalm County Jail on a charge of fleeing and eluding and an outstanding warrant for a probation violation out of Wayne County. The suspect may be facing additional charges as a result of his actions.

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Vandalism issue hot topic at Stanton meeting

The city park and playground in downtown Stanton has been vandalized repeatedly in recent weeks, according to the city’s Department of Public Works Director Jeff Main. Main was at Tuesday evening’s regular meeting of the City Commission to discuss the issue with commission members.

Rory Eldridge, of Stanton, makes eye contact with judge Adam Conover while showing his pig Tuesday morning at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Making eye contact with the judge while showing your pig is one of the points that a contestant is scored on in competition.  (The Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Montcalm County 4-H Fair swine show numbers ‘average’ despite piglet shortage

Organizers at this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Swine Show were originally concerned that contestant numbers might be somewhat reduced this year due to a nationwide outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus that decimated (as of April) about 10 percent of the country’s piglets. From June, 2013 to April, 2014 about seven million pigs nationwide succumbed to the illness, which is not transferable to humans.

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Funeral Notices for June 25, 2014

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Jeremy Geselman

JUST IN: Crystal man arrested for sexual assault

A Crystal man was charged Tuesday with six felony charges related to inappropriate sexual contact with minors.