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The 2013 Stanton Old Fashioned Days royalty include, front row from left, Duke Gage Almas, Prince Carter Denman, Miss Stanton LaShae Wright, Princess Emma Simpson and Duchess Grace Dennis; back row from left, Miss Stanton Second Runner-up Mackenna Myers, Miss Stanton First Runner-up Christa DePue, Miss Stanton court member Erica Wyatt, Junior Miss Stanton Regan Western, Junior Miss First Runner-up Kae-Leigh Basney, Junior Miss court member Hannah Salliote and Junior Miss Second Runner-up Faith Smith. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Recent Central Montcalm grad reigns as Miss Stanton

LaShae Wright had wanted to compete in the Miss Stanton Scholarship Pageant in previous years, but hesitated as “I don’t like talking in front of people.” The 17-year-old Stanton resident didn’t show that fear last night as she competed — and then won — the queen’s title, edging out three other contestants.

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Man pleads guilty to killing ex-girlfriend in Pierson Township

Robert Munsell and Julie Danielson had dated and then broke up, but family members say he wouldn’t leave her alone. Six months after the relationship ended, Munsell went to Danielson’s home in Pierson Township. What they discussed is a mystery, but the main fact is a certainty — Danielson was found dead in her home in the early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Her throat had been slashed. Thankfully, her twin 4-year-old sons were not in the home at the time.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 9, 2013

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Repairs, upgrades coming to Whites Bridge and Button roads

Starting Monday, the Ionia County Road Commission will begin safety improvements on Whites Bridge Road from M-44 south to 4 Mile Road and Button Road from Montcalm Avenue east to the Flat River. According to Ionia County Road Commission Engineering Director Paul Spitzley, the project was originally submitted for Federal Safety Hazard Elimination Funding through the Michigan Department of Transportation in March 2011 and was awarded in January 2012 for the 2013 construction year.

Ground was broken Tuesday morning for a new assisted living facility in Lakeview. When completed, the facility will provide housing for 26 older residents.  At the groundbreaking were, from left, Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer, Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Chairman Patrick Q. Carr, Lakeview Area Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, an unidentified Crestwood Holdings representative, Lakeview Seniors representative Gene Nienhuis, Leisure Living President and Chief Operating Officer Neil Kraay,  Lakeview Village President Ed Winter, Lakeview Village Manager James Freed and Commission on Aging Director Bob Clingenpeel. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview breaks ground for new assisted living facility

By this time next year, the village of Lakeview will be home to a new 26-bed assisted living facility, Lakeview Terrace. Ground was broken for the project at a ceremony held Tuesday morning on Paden Road, directly across from Bright Start Elementary School.

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Lightning the cause of Vestaburg-area barn fire

Lightning has now been ruled as the cause of two barn fires in Montcalm County early Wednesday morning. The Richland Township Fire Department responded to 10901 E. McBride Road near Douglas Road at 4:53 a.m.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 8, 2013

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Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Another year, another look at school reform

Fall is quickly approaching and with it the beginning of a new school year. Also on the horizon is the beginning of another session of our state legislature. There will be much discussion about how to ‘fix” our schools. This is a good time to pause and consider who is responsible for the mission of our schools.

One of the original steeple windows from the Belding clock tower is one of the final pieces to be removed from the site where the steeple and cupola stood for several months in the Central Riverside Park parking lot. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding clock tower ruins stir up emotions

A few old, rotting boards, several cracked and broken shingles and a skeleton-like casing of one of the original steeple windows of the Belding Bros. clock tower are all that remain today across the street from the sight of the iconic tower that stood for 110 years. The image sitting in the Central Riverside Park parking lot has created mixed emotions from residents who are either in favor of seeing the structure finally removed from public view or saddened by the way it was disassembled.

The village of Sheridan Facebook page’s pleasant mix of facts, news and wildly inaccurate rumors has resulted in more than 1,500 “likes” for the page.

‘Labor of love’ makes for popular Facebook page for Sheridan

With just 730 residents, the village of Sheridan is never going to be mistaken for a bustling metropolis. Like a lot of small, mid-Michigan towns, the addition of a new traffic light on Main Street is considered big news. Yet somehow the village’s recent Facebook page activity shows more than 1,500 likes.