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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.

A carnival worker for Maple Leaf Amusements put together an attraction Monday afternoon at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds. This is Maple Leaf Amusements first year being the ride supplier for the fair. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Carnival will provide ‘classic’ midway experience at 4-H Fair

Visitors to this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair midway can expect the “classic carnival” experience from one end to the other; from Ferris wheels to corn dogs, fair organizers anticipate a carnival at least as good as those experienced by fairgoers in the past.

Pastor Kurt Hoffman and wife Brenda.

Pastor’s cause of death was drowning

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office has learned the cause of death of local pastor Kurt Hoffman was drowning. He was found dead Sunday morning after his car was spotted, submerged in a lake, by a passing driver.

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Belding boys found safe

Two 4-year-old children are safe at home after going missing for a short period of time Monday afternoon. Shortly after 3 p.m. Monday, Belding officers were called to a home on Pearl Street after the two children were reported missing.

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Belding man flees from police

A 26-year-old Belding man is lodged in Ionia County Jail after leading police on a foot chase after allegedly fleeing an officer who was attempting to arrest him on outstanding warrants. The man was wanted by Belding police on two felony warrants.

Montcalm Community College Vice President of Academic Affairs Rob Spohr, right, delivers a presentation focused on funding the Montcalm Alliance to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Monday afternoon at the County Administration Building in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Commissioners pledge $25,000 per year to Montcalm Alliance

When it comes to financing an effort to grow and strengthen economic development in Montcalm County, the Montcalm Alliance officially has another ally. In a unanimous vote Monday afternoon, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to contribute $25,000 to the Montcalm Alliance for the next three years “to enhance the effort of economic development within Montcalm County and the region.”

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Funeral Notices for June 24, 2014

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Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Challenges and progress in creating education for the 21st century

I was intrigued by a column in the June 14 Daily News by Sandy Main. She discussed what was required in the late 1800s to become a teacher. All anyone interested in teaching had to do was to score high enough on a teachers’ examination.