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From left to right, Matt Newman, Michelle Neff and Dan Rossman are all former members of the Winfield Hustlers 4-H Club. All three now work for Michigan State University Extension. — Courtesy photo

4-H’ers Forever: Trio of former Winfield Hustlers working for MSU Extension

For many 4-H’ers, their affiliation with the youth program ends about when they graduate from high school.

For three former members of the Winfield Hustlers, 4-H became a lifelong career.

Matt Newman, Michelle Neff and Dan Rossman were all members of the Winfield Hustlers, Montcalm County’s oldest 4-H club, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. Today, all three work for Michigan State University Extension.


Funeral Notices for June 21, 2014

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The Greenville City Council adopted a balanced $4.38 million proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Outside of a small raise for city staff, the budget is largely similar to that of the previous year. Pictured, from left, are Councilman Lloyd Scoby, City Manager George Bosanic and Mayor John Hoppough.

Greenville’s city budget similar to previous year; staff gets 1 percent raise

The Greenville City Council on Tuesday passed a balanced, $4.38 million proposed general fund budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year; a budget that includes a 1 percent raise for city staff.

A tractor works up the dirt in Base Arena as the as the Montcalm County Fairgrounds get yet a day closer to the start of the annual 4-H Fair Thursday afternoon. (Daily News | Kyle Wilson)

Montcalm County 4-H Fair in sight; Motocross returns for first time in 10 years

Now in its 79th year, there are few things that are more of a tradition in the area than the Montcalm County Fair.


Funeral Notices for Friday, June 20, 2014

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Funeral Notices for Thursday, June 19, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, June 19, 2014

Belding resident Dennis Cooper and Belding City Councilman Joe Feuerstein, at left, take part in a clarity/factual review session Wednesday of recall petition language submitted by Cooper against Feuerstein. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding recall language approved

Petitions to recall a Belding city councilman will soon be circulated throughout the community after a second attempt at approving recall language was accepted Wednesday morning. Belding resident Dennis Cooper submitted recall petition language against Councilman Joe Feuerstein on June 5, which was reviewed and approved in a unanimous vote by the Ionia County Election Commission during a clarity/factual review hearing at the Ionia County Courthouse.

The northeast corner of a rural Lakeview sawmill smolders following a fire caused by a lightning strike early Wednesday morning. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Amish community plans to rebuild Lakeview sawmill after lightning strike

The Five Corners sawmill isn’t a major operation by most standards. Nine men are employed there and they process an average of 4,000 to 5,000 feet of wood per day. Drivers deliver wood to the sawmill from numerous locations and more drivers deliver the processed wood about an hour north to McBain for pallet use.

Stanton coach Jake Helms holds the traveling “Red Bull” trophy. Organizers of Central Montcalm High School’s 50th reunion are hoping the bull’s current owner will loan it back to the school, at least temporarily, for display purposes this weekend. — Courtesy photo

Central Montcalm alum hoping to locate ‘Red Bull’ trophy

It has been 50 years since Stanton Union Schools and Sheridan Rural Agricultural Schools consolidated, creating Central Montcalm High School. Before that, on the sports fields, at least, the two were bitter rivals.

Police sketch of a suspect involved in an alleged attempted abduction of a Greenville girl. — Courtesy photo

JUST IN: Sketch released of alleged attempted abduction suspect

After the reported attempted abduction of a 15-year-old Greenville girl, police have released a composite sketch of the suspect.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the alleged attempted abduction near the intersection of Dickerson Lake Road and Greenville Road. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. last Friday, June 13.