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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.

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Pierson house fire under investigation

A house is a total loss after two fires hit a Pierson residence on Wednesday. Sand Lake Fire Department responded to a structure fire at about 10 a.m. at 71 Cherry Street with assistance from Howard City Fire Department.

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Gowen boy, 6, dies after being hit by car on Monday

A 6-year-old boy who was hit by a car while crossing Sidney Road in Gowen has died from his injuries, according Lt. Steve Russell. The Gowen boy was on his way home from a neighbor’s house around 6:45 p.m. when he ran across the road in front of a 1998 Lincoln Town Car driven by a 32-year-old man from Lowell.

Luke Moore, 5, of Greenville, pets a goat at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair in Montcalm Township during Kids Day Wednesday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

More than 400 families came out to 4-H Fair’s Kids Day

More than 400 families arrived during the first hour of Kids Day at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair on Wednesday. Kids Day was a three-hour event packed with fun and games for children of all ages.

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Trio of teens arrested for northeast Montcalm County break-ins

Three Gratiot County teenagers have been arrested in connection with multiple break-ins in northeast Montcalm County. A series of break-ins occurred early the morning of May 30. Victims included Maxfield’s Restaurant north of Edmore, the Farmer in the Dell at Crystal Road and M-46, the Dollar General in Vestaburg and Ferris Church of Christ in Vestaburg.