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Midway rides light up the Montcalm County 4-H Fair

A variety of fast and colorful rides are being featured at this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Craig Gill, at left, and Levi Herroon, owners of the new Short Stop Motorcycle Parts & Accessories in Belding, will open at 9 a.m. Monday. The duo will also host Bike Night both Monday and Tuesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. Bike Night will be held each Thursday evening, starting at 6 p.m.

New motorcycle shop opens, Bike Nights begin July 2-3

Starting Monday, parts, accessories, repair and good old-fashioned camaraderie for motorcycle owners and enthusiasts will be available at Levi Herroon and Craig Gill’s new business, Short Stop Motorcycle Parts and Accessories.

Craig Snook’s multimedia piece, “Chai Tea or Tai Chi,” was created with digital art printed on canvas. Tea bags and graphic designed tags were then added. The piece was shown this year, along with another of Snook’s pieces, in the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University.— Courtesy photo

Lakeview graduate selected for one-man art show

When he decided to start painting again following a 25-year hiatus, it was the somnambulant, siren song of familiar faces and places that drew Craig Snook back to the village of Lakeview. A 1981 graduate of Lakeview High School who went on to pursue a career in graphic arts, Snook’s intimate knowledge of the village and surrounding countryside gave him more than enough choices when it came to subject matter.

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Funeral Notices for Saturday, June 30, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, June 30, 2012.

White Cloud bull rider Rod McKeown rides a bull during the first round of the bull-riding competition Friday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. McKeown won the event. — Daily News/Chip Burch

White Cloud bull rider survives injuries, wins Montcalm County 4-H Fair rodeo

Rod McKeown had gone into the bull-riding competition at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair on Friday night with one injury already. The White Cloud man was already nursing an injured left hand, so he had to ride the bulls at the annual Brandt Clark Rodeo with his other hand.

The original “Ellis School” and “1920” stone inscriptions were safely dismantled from the east facing of Ellis Elementary School.

Belding’s Ellis Elementary School torn down, set to rebuild (Photo Gallery)

Ellis Elementary School along Bridge Street in Belding, which was constructed in 1920, was torn down this week and will be rebuilt this fall with seven new classrooms expected to be finished in January. The construction is part of the 38.8 million bond levy that voters approved in 2010.

4-H’er Ellie Nielsen, 10, of Coral, smiles after hearing that her feeder calf, Fred, was sold at $4.20 per pound, weighing 365 pounds, earning her first place in her age group Thursday evening at the Montcalm County Fairgrounds. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County 4-H’ers sell $195,168.11 at 2012 livestock auction

After 10 years of showing pigs at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair, recent Lakeview High School graduate Joe Main ended his 4-H career on a very high note. Main, 18, was declared Grand Champion showing pigs for the fifth time after his pig sold for a fair record $14 per pound weighing in at 272 pounds. “It was a lot of hard work and a lot of fun,” he said. “I have a lot of good memories over the 10 years.”

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Green Acres presents preliminary site plans

Site plans for an expansion at Green Acres were submitted to the Greenville Planning Commission on Thursday. During a regular scheduled meeting for the Greenville Planning Commission Denis Johnson, architect representing Green Acres, presented site plans in hopes of getting approved for a public hearing next month.

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Montcalm Area Intermediate School District OKs proposed budget

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Eduation approved its proposed budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. However, it is future budgets that seem to worry members of the MAISD Board of Education.

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Reward offered for information on Belding break-ins

A family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of perpetrators. The Belding Police Department is investigating a breaking and entering that took place on April 29 and May 16 in the 1000 block of West State Road in Belding.