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Heather Fishburn, 16, of the North Central 4-H Club, was declared the 2015 Montcalm County 4-H Sweepstakes Showmanship Champion Saturday after achieving the highest score among her fellow 4-H showmanship champions in showing 11 different animals. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Vestaburg teen wins 4-H sweepstakes showmanship

Of the many accolades and recognitions awarded throughout the Montcalm County 4-H Fair, nothing may be more coveted than being crowned the winner of the sweepstakes showmanship championship competition.

Kathleen Courtright (USN1) backs into Todd Frandsen during the demolition derby at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair Saturday - Daily News/Chip Burch

First-timer wins 4-H Fair Demo Derby

Kathleen Courtright of Howard City had never entered a demolition derby in her life. Courtright decided to enter the one at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair Saturday night. She won it.

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JUST IN: Driver, passengers receive non-life-threatening and minor injuries in car-motorcycle crash

A car-motorcycle crash that occurred this morning near the intersection of M-66 and Fenwick Road resulted in minor injuries for passengers involved.

Belding’s Hallee Breimayer drives in for a basket during a scrimmage at Central Montcalm Friday.

Central Montcalm hosts girls hoops shootout

Four area girls basketball teams joined a few others for a round robin of scrimmages to close out the month of June. Basketball season doesn’t start until November, but June and even July, are busy months for basketball programs with preparation for the season.

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Montabella girl runners win MSAC again

Montabella’s girls track team showed just how good they are for the second year in a row. The Mustang girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference for the second years in a row.

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ED GILBERT: One hot Fourth of July …

I worked for the U.S. Forest Service for two summers while still in high school. I, along with several other young men who were actually only boys at the time, was hired by the Baldwin, Michigan ranger station. Our primary duty was to fight forest fires within the Manistee National Forest, and we were on duty that Fourth of July. The daily temperature was in the 90’s and forest fires were rampant throughout the dry woods.

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THE REVIEW: Keeping it in the family

You don’t have to look far within the Detroit Tigers to see that family runs deep within the organization. Prior to the Major League Baseball amateur draft, a mention of the name “Castellanos” instantly drew attention to third baseman Nick Castellanos, but as the cards laid themselves on the table, Nick will no longer be the only member of the family within the confines of the franchise.

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JUST IN: Dirt biker seriously injured by car in Pine Township

A man was seriously injured Sunday afternoon after being struck by a car while walking his dirt bike down a road. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident around 12:08 p.m. on Lake Road south of Stanton Road.

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Judge Hoort answers a question about what is a vehicle for purposes of Michigan’s drunk driving laws.

Can you be charged for drunk driving if the ‘vehicle’ is an electric wheelchair? Yes. A “vehicle” is defined as every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except devices exclusively moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or [...]

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Judge Hoort answers a question about the ‘intentional tort’ exception to the Worker’s Disability Compensation Act.

Is Worker’s Disability Compensation my only option if I am injured on the job? Not necessarily. In Smith v Michigan Pallet, Unpub Per Curiam Opin of the Court of Appeals, (#318702, 6/2/2015) plaintiff was having trouble at work with one of the boards he was attempting to cut. While he was struggling with the board, [...]