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Montcalm County Drain Commissioner: Race focuses on money

Behind the rhetoric, finances and experience are the top two hot topics being addressed by Sandy Raines and Dennis Lance, the two Republican candidates for Montcalm County drain commissioner. The two will face off in the Aug. 7 primary election. The winner will face off against Shane Jacobs, a Democrat from Howard City, in the Nov. 6 general election.

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Montcalm County Prosecutor: Stanton attorney challenging longtime prosecutor

The longtime Montcalm County prosecutor is being challenged by an attorney. Andrea Krause and Ronald Finegood, both Republicans, are facing off in the Aug. 7 primary election.

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Montcalm County Commissioners: 8 candidates running in 4 districts

Eight Republican candidates are running for four contested positions on the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

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2012 Primary Election Candidate questionnaires

The Daily News provided questionnaires to candidates in Montcalm County and surrounding area for contested races only.

About 30 people filled the Maple Valley Township Complex on Saturday for the Meet the Candidates event, which gave people a chance to hear what local candidates stand for. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Trufant forum gives insight on local political candidates

More than a dozen candidates participated in the Meet the Candidates event Saturday in Trufant. Steve Davis, a volunteer who helped organize the event, said he thought it went really well.

Cade Bolz, 9, of Newburn, N.C., tries his skill at the old-fashioned hoop and stick game on the lawn of the Gaffield School during the Montcalm Community College's Heritage Village Festival.— Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC hosts 26th annual Heritage Village Festival 2012

One of Montcalm County’s “best-kept secrets” got its chance to shine this weekend at the 26th annual Heritage Village Festival. “This is our 26th year for the festival and we started with only two buildings,” said Miriam Zimmerman, secretary of the Heritage Village Committee. “We continue to add new buildings or new events every year, but there are still so many people, even those who live locally, that don’t know we are here. We are one of Montcalm County’s best kept secrets.”

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 6, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Aug. 6, 2012

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2 injured in Saturday accident on M-91

Two people were transported to the hospital with injuries after Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-vehicle accident on M-91 Saturday morning. At approximately 5:48 a.m., deputies arrived on scene of the accident on M-91 south of Spencer Road.

The Uptown Bar in Crystal Township was recently purchased by Darlene Carmody of Carson City, who has been preparing for opening with the help of her family and friends. The bar officially opened for business Thursday. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Uptown Girl: Electrolux employee loses job, finds new calling in Crystal

Darlene Carmody was 47 years old when her journey started in 2007 during Crystal Township’s Fourth of July celebration. The holiday began much differently than in the previous years for Carmody and her family. The Carson City woman recalled the packed sidewalks with grandparents, baby strollers and folks waving the U.S. flag while she was feeling sadness, separation and anxiety as she watched the floats, classic cars and marching bands go by. “I stood out here and watched the parade as I always have,” Carmody said. “The groups of people celebrating the holiday and for me I had tears coming down my face. It was a tough day for me and my family.”

Trinidad Chambliss, 9, of Grand Rapids, puts up a shot for his team “Down by One” as they compete against “Blacktop Ballers” on the Gus Macker Dream Court Saturday afternoon.

Gus Macker comes home for hot, successful weekend

Conditions were hot and dry this past weekend with temperatures hovering in the mid-90s, but that didn’t stop more than 1,200 youths and adults from packing the streets of downtown Belding for this year’s annual Gus Macker tournament. With 326 teams participating in this year’s tournament, downtown Belding once again was transformed into “Mackerville, USA” as teams competed in the 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday and Sunday.