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This year’s contestants in the Sheridan Springfest Pageant include, from left, Alexis Brown, Kelsey Ross, Riann Rohn and Anna Lake. Contestants met Thursday evening at the Sheridan VFW for the traditional annual Pageant Tea. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Sheridan Springfest offers new activities during Memorial Day weekend

It’s going to be a busy Memorial Day weekend in Sheridan. That’s when the Sheridan VFW Ladies Auxiliary hosts the annual Springfest celebration. In addition to the carnival and parade, this year’s event offers a variety of new activities for adults and children. Event organizer Jean Peterson is especially excited about the addition of a pie contest.

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Blanchard store sells $1 million lottery ticket

Employees at a gas station in Blanchard are celebrating after discovering they sold a $1 million Powerball ticket Thursday — the only ticket to match five numbers. Employees at Goldsworthy’s Inc. (Marathon station three), located at 6993 W. Blanchard Road, are full of excitement as they wait to see who the winning ticket belongs to.

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Lakeview park to see $200,000 in improvements

Lakeside Park is about to receive $200,000 worth of improvements thanks to a private donation and a contribution from the Lakeview Downtown Development Authority. Lakeside Park, located on the banks of the Tamarack Lake, will see a host of proposed improvements, including a new fishing and boat pier, parking enhancements and a professional amphitheater to host the annual Music in the Park series. There will also be upgrades to park lighting and walkways so that the entire park will be handicap accessible, including the new pier.

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Funeral Notices – May 17, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Friday, May 17, 2013.

Alyssa Ruggles, 18, of Stanton, holds up a giant papier-mâché cupcake made for a class project at school. Ruggles has been running her own cake-making business out of her house called “The Cake Kid” since she was in seventh grade. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm senior started business in seventh grade

It started in the seventh grade with a challenge of making her first cake … and spiraled into running her own cake business a short time later. Alyssa Ruggles, 18, of Stanton, has been running her own cake-making business called “The Cake Kid” from her home after her mother received a request to make a graduation cake.

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Judge dismisses child abuse charges against Greenville mother

Child abuse charges were dismissed Thursday against the mother of a toddler who remains on life support. Samantha Slater and Benjamin Wilkins, both 26 and both of Greenville, were each charged with first-degree and second-degree child abuse of Slater’s 2-year-old daughter Brooklyn Weimer, who has been hospitalized in intensive care with severe abdominal and head injuries since March 24.

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Eureka Township signs lawsuit consent judgment

The Eureka Township Board approved signing a settlement regarding an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit between the township and the city of Greenville. According to township board members, attorneys on both sides have worked out the consent judgment.

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OUR VIEW: The ‘catastrophic’ price of health care

Michigan’s leadership status in matters relating to the automobile industry may soon rise or fall depending on how we settle a very serious matter. Our state has the nation’s only no-fault law that includes unlimited lifetime benefits for medical expenses resulting from auto accidents.

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Tri County Area Schools privatizes custodial services

The Tri County Area Schools Board of Education has voted to privatize another service. The school board voted Monday to contract custodial and related services with Grand Rapids Building Supply. The school board previously voted in August 2011 to privatize transportation.

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Funeral Notices for May 16, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, May 16, 2013