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Montabella’s Drew Nemeth fouls a ball into the ground during a game against Carson City-Crystal April 30.

Montabella baseball got hot late

There were a few things that conspired against Montabella’s baseball team in the 2013 season. First was the weather. Then the youth of the team.

Linebaugh delivers a pitch during a game this season. She went 11-5 on the mound this year.

Belding’s Linebaugh wraps up freshman year at Davenport

For the fifth consecutive season, the Belding Redskins softball team won a district championship. They followed that win up with a fourth consecutive regional championship a week later. This year, though, they did it without three-time all-state pitcher Kyleigh Linebaugh. The former Belding star just completed her freshman season of softball for the Davenport University Panthers.

Megan Wall, 15, of Pierson, stands with her horse Tas, left, after being named the Grand Champion on Monday at the horse and pony show at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Ashley Bogardus, 13, of Sand Lake, took the reserve title with her horse Cody during the competition. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

4-H’ers compete in showmanship to participate in other events

The Montcalm County 4-H Fair is underway, and to kick off the week, some 4-H’ers competed in showmanship during the horse and pony show on Monday. Megan Wall, 15, of Pierson, was named the grand champion of the horse and pony show with her horse Tas.


Carson City Council rejects road repair bids

It seems timing is everything when going out for street improvement bids. “Our bids for the street improvements came in about $100,000 over what we had planned for,” Mayor Bruce Tasker told the city council Tuesday night. According to Tasker, the Spicer Group suggested some reasons for higher bids. One reason given was the cost of gasoline was more than $4 per gallon when the bid process started.


Blanket donations aim to help local animal shelters

Local people have banded together to make a difference in the world of animals that do not have a permanent place to live. On Wednesday (Kid’s Day) at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, a table will be set up to take blanket donations to make beds for animals in shelters.

Aaron Desentz

Edmore Village Council interviews manager finalists

The Edmore Village Council interviewed three very different candidates Monday afternoon for the position of village manager. Richard Lock, who was fired from his last job as town administrator after one month on the job, was interviewed the longest, a total of 52 minutes. Neil Rankin, a substitute teacher, was interviewed for 42 minutes, while the interview for Aaron Desentz, an emergency management fellow and library security assistant, clocked in at just 23 minutes.

Gary Higginbotham’s opening of his new flea market was “the right timing and the right fit for my needs to make the purchase of this building.” Gary’s Flea Market is at 114 W. Main St. in Carson City.

BUSINESS BEAT: Timely success for Carson City man’s new flea market

It was 2002 when Gary Higginbotham started buying and selling new and used merchandise as vendor at area flea markets. During the next 13 years, he also utilized his home and those different venues to work toward his goal of opening a storefront business of his own. On May 20, 2013, Gary’s Flea Market came into fruition.

From left, 4-H’er of the Year second runner-up Lakin Spittka, candidate Rachel Rodenhouse, candidate Grace DeGelder, candidate Justin Davis, first runner-up Kennedy Cogswell, and 4-H’er of the year winner Heather Russell stand together after Saturday evening’s award ceremony at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Stanton teenager selected as 2013 4-H’er of the Year

For many local 4-H’ers, it is often dreamed to one day be selected as the Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year, the highest honor achievable. On Saturday evening, that dream was realized by Heather Russell, 19, of Stanton, and the Mixed Bag of Nuts 4-H group, who out of a field of six other 4-H’ers who contended for the top honor was selected as this year’s 4-H’er of the Year.


Greenville approves septage plan

The Greenville City Council approved a septage plan that would allow the city to receive and treat septage from haulers. During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council received a presentation regarding the septage plan, how it would benefit the city and more.


Vestaburg mobile home gutted by fire Sunday

The interior of a mobile home was destroyed by fire Sunday as firefighters worked for five hours to extinguish the blaze. Firefighters from the Richland Township Fire Department responded at 6:21 a.m. to 7411 E. Vestaburg Road where a mobile home was on fire.