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A look at the new Belding High School softball field and the gymnasium behind it.

New Belding athletic facilities taking shape

It may be summertime, but there is a lot of action going on at Belding High School. Construction work is continuing around the high school campus on all the athletic fields, including Rudness Field. Facility upgrades began in the spring and they are now beginning to take shape and near the finish line.

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CC-Crystal finishes softball season with 18 wins

Carson City-Crystal’s softball team finished the season with an 18-21 record, but it could have been better had it not been for one big bugaboo that plagued the Eagles all season long. “I think fielding errors,” coach Samantha Jensen said. “Overall, we were fairly consistent hitters. There were a few games where we didn’t come up with hits. Had we been able to come up with a few hits we might be able to squeak out a couple of wins. But overall fielding errors were a detracting thing for not winning games.”

Montcalm County Sheriff deputies review the scene of an accident on Sidney Road near Gowen on Monday evening, involving a 6-year-old boy and a white Lincoln car. Officers were called to the scene at 6:42 p.m. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Boy in serious condition after Gowen accident

A 6-year-old boy was struck by a car Monday evening near the Gowen General Store on Sidney Road. The Gowen boy was on his way home from a neighbor’s house around 6:45 p.m. when he ran across the road in front of a 1998 Lincoln Town Car driven by a 32-year-old man from Lowell.

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SHORT TAKES: Montcalm County 4-H Fair is in full swing

The Montcalm County 4-H Fair is in full swing today and runs through Saturday. Daily events showcase what for hundreds of area kids has been a yearlong effort to hone their craft and/or take care of and raise their animals. This is the second year the fair has been hosted in its new location north of Greenville and we couldn’t help but notice the campground on site is bustling. This is a great week to get a taste of our area’s rich agricultural history during activities throughout the day, as well as through featured events most evenings at 7 p.m.

Members of the Tri County High School band march in time to their percussion instruments. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Parade highlights Coral’s 150th anniversary (Photo Gallery)

The village of Coral celebrated its 150th anniversary this weekend. A variety of free events, musical performances and the grand parade were enjoyed by the community on Saturday.

Guest line up to get their food during a barbecue pork dinner sponsored by the Montcalm County Farm Bureau on Sunday during the Taste Of Montcalm. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Taste of Montcalm educates public about locally grown foods

The Farm Bureau Taste of Montcalm pork barbecue dinner officially kicked off this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair at the new exhibit building Sunday. The dinner was designed to bring awareness of the foods and products made in Montcalm County, according to Patricia Hyde, Montcalm County Farm Bureau promotion and education chairwoman.

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Carson City Council prepares for new recycling site

When Montcalm County did not renew its contract with Recycle World, the county still planned on offering recycling to residents by establishing six new unmanned permanent recycle sites throughout the county. Carson City is one of those new sites.

4-H club members honored Saturday night include Kayla Burke, Above and Beyond award; Grace DeGelder, first runner-up; Heather Russell, second runner-up; and Mikalah Gribbell, 2012 Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Trufant teenager is 2012 4-H’er of the Year

The highest honor bestowed on a 4-H clubber in Montcalm County is the Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year award. In a field of four contenders, Mikalah Gribbell, 16, of Trufant, came out on top to be named 4-H’er of the year at an awards ceremony Saturday night.

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Funeral Notices for June 25, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, June 25, 2012

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OUR VIEW: Another sad night for Greenville business

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Nelson family after a fire tragically destroyed the Nelson’s Speed Shop building north of Greenville and its valuable contents early yesterday morning. This is an especially difficult pill to swallow, as it’s the second time Nelson’s — a huge retailer of snowmobiles, ATVs and all kinds of power equipment and parts — has lost everything in a blaze. In 2001, arson was blamed for a fire that demolished the building. Richard Crew and Stewart David Barron were both indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson. Crew was sentenced to 84 months in prison, while Barron was sentenced to 63 months. Both men also were ordered to pay $4 million in restitution.