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Gabbie and Naomi Blumberug, front, Jac Mulhulland and Lyla Luce, back, take the first of three laps on a mini roller coaster Wednesday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

4-H spirits remain high despite rains

Showing both horses and goats Tuesday morning and afternoon at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, Corban Spittka was drenched from head to toe as heavy rains splashed down all around him. The dedicated 4-H’er, 15, of Sheridan, was having a difficult time showing his animals, as his horse was spooked and his goats were disturbed by the sights and sounds that the rainstorm brought with it.

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Funeral Notices for June 26, 2014

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James Leichtweis

UPDATE: Detroit man flees sheriff’s deputies in Reynolds Township

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office deputies engaged in a pursuit on Wednesday that ended with the arrest of the suspect. The suspect, a 54-year-old Detroit man, is lodged in the Montcalm County Jail on a charge of fleeing and eluding and an outstanding warrant for a probation violation out of Wayne County. The suspect may be facing additional charges as a result of his actions.

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Vandalism issue hot topic at Stanton meeting

The city park and playground in downtown Stanton has been vandalized repeatedly in recent weeks, according to the city’s Department of Public Works Director Jeff Main. Main was at Tuesday evening’s regular meeting of the City Commission to discuss the issue with commission members.

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.