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With the use of a solar panel, rechargeable batteries, a few wires, an energy converter and an Altoids container, Ethan Gallagher, 14, of Hubbardston, built this cell phone charger. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Hubbardston boy wins Best in Show with resourceful, practical device

In today’s world, a fully charged cell phone could be deemed as necessary as a car filled with gas, or perhaps to your average teenager, as important as food and water. With a noticeable absence of your standard electrical wall outlet, the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds is not considered an ideal location to plug in one’s phone as it nears the end of it’s battery life, but that doesn’t matter to Ethan Gallagher.

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JUST IN: 2 women injured in deer-vehicle accident on U.S. 131

Two women were hospitalized with minor injuries after a deer struck by another vehicle was thrown through their windshield along U.S. 131 on Saturday afternoon
According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Pamela Salamone, 55, of Caledonia, was traveling south on U.S. 131 shortly after 5 p.m. when a separate vehicle struck a deer in the roadway, causing it to go through the windshield of Salamone’s 2008 Chevrolet Malibu.

From left, Karah Ra, Joseph Willliams and Eden Stewart, who represent the junior alpaca class, stand in front of the judges table waiting to receive their ribbons in the showmanship round. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

4-H’ers bring out alpacas and llamas for Friday show

There may have been just a few friends and family in the stands and mostly uncooperative animals, but the seven 4-Hers who took part in the llama and alpaca show Friday were enjoying themselves anyway.

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Funeral Notices for June 28, 2014

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Morgan Chaffin, of the Tri-County Country 4-H club, works her pair of swine around the presentation area during her auction time Thursday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair livestock auction. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

4-H Fair livestock auction racks up sales of more than $200,000

One after another, the hands of more than 100 buyers sprouted up from the crowded auction barn Thursday during the Montcalm County 4-H Fair’s livestock auction. When all was said and done, 345 animals totaling 76,692 pounds were sold for $208,815.29.

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Summer program offers free financial education for those on the brink of adulthood

As graduating seniors head off to college or the work force and incoming seniors consider their paths, The United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties and Greenville Public Schools are teaming to offer financial education to help those beginning life on their own.

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Funeral Notices for June 27, 2014

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Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: What is Prop 1?

I am assuming that sometime recently many of you have received a mailing about Prop 1. This proposal will be on the ballot in the Aug. 5 Primary Election.

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From left, having noticed a spot forming on her nose in 2000, Stanton’s Cindy Partlo, at first, thought it was just a sunspot or freckle; laser surgery was used to remove the melanoma from Partlo’s nose and under her eye; Partlo is in the middle of recovering from melanoma cancer. — Courtesy photos

Stanton woman celebrates one-year recovery from cancer with Gran Fondo

It was just a sunspot. Perhaps a new freckle, so she told herself. But even after two dermatologists told Cindy Partlo it was not cancer, a small concern still lingered and grew, as did the spot over the years. Last spring, Partlo, 51, an administrative assistant at Mid-Michigan District Health Department, was strongly encouraged by her eye doctor, Renee Martin of Martin Eye Care in Greenville, to seek a third opinion for the spot on her nose, a spot she first noticed in 2000.

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Coral Days back again after 1-year absence

This year’s Coral Days, slated for this Saturday, will be only one day long, but that’s one day longer than last year’s festival, the first time in about a century that the event was not held. Fortunately, new volunteers have stepped up to the plate and promise that Coral Day(s) will be jam packed with activities for young and old alike. According to Jeanne Sturgeon, who chairs the Coral Days committee, planning for the event started late last summer and has progressed to the point that organizers are certain this year’s event will be one of the best, even if it is only one day long.