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Miss Stanton 2012 Brandy Foster, center, and her court will reign over festivities at Stanton Old Fashioned Days this weekend. Pictured with Foster are, front row, Duke Kadin Gould-Hunt, Prince Owen Jewell, Princess Izlee Hopkins and Duchess Brianna Marsh; back row, Miss Stanton second runner-up Sabra Leonard, Jr. Miss Stanton Marina Shick, Jr. Miss second runner-up Morgan Woodward, Jr. Miss first runner-up Kae-Leigh Basney and Miss Stanton first runner-up Stacey Decker.

Stanton Old Fashioned Days announces Brandy Foster as 2012 Queen

Isabella Williams and Brandy Foster are best friends and knew that some day they both wanted to be Miss Stanton. Williams, who was Miss Stanton 2011, crowned her friend when Foster was named Miss Stanton 2012 at the Stanton Old Fashioned Days pageant Thursday night at the former Stanton Elementary School.

Nick Lober was traveling northbound on Lincoln Lake Road when a tree branch fell onto his black Toyota Tundra. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Man injured, AeroMed called after tree branch falls on truck

A 57-year-old man was flown to Grand Rapids after being struck by a falling tree branch last night while he was driving his vehicle northbound on Lincoln Lake Road. His condition was unconfirmed as of Friday night. Nick Lober was traveling northbound on Lincoln Lake Road when a tree branch fell onto his black Toyota Tundra.

When a livestock breeding farm wants to improve its product and maintain a healthy bovine herd, they call Joe Tarkowski, pictured here at the Ionia Free Fair during the livestock auction event.

FARM & AG: Smyrna’s Joe Tarkowski is local area’s bovine health consultant

To the untrained eye, everything about farm life seems simple. Driving past fields heavy with corn and alfalfa, past cattle grazing contentedly in green pastures, it’s all too easy to get the wrong idea. Farm work is, well, work. Real work.
It’s also art, science and luck. Luck remains elusive, but when it comes to art and science, many of the area’s dairy farmers turn to Joe Tarkowski.

64B District Court Judge Arney Mustonen

64B District Court Judge Arney Mustonen was ‘people’s judge’

Judge Arney Mustonen was Judge Wapner before Wapner was judge. So says Mustonen’s wife, Sylvia, comparing her husband to the judge and TV personality on “The People’s Court.” Mustonen served two six-year terms as judge of 64B District Court in Montcalm County. He died Aug. 3 in Ohio at the age of 73.


Funeral Notices — Saturday, August 11, 2012

TODAY Joshua Riggs — 11 a.m., Greenville Community Church. Gretta (Riker) Waldeck — 11 a.m., Grace Lutheran Church, Wyoming. (Hurst Funeral Home) MONDAY Marvin Sage — 11 a.m., Oakwood Cemetery, Muir. (Lake Funeral Home, Muir) AUG. 18 Cathrine Annette Janse — 3:30 p.m., 12205 Hart Road, Greenville. AUG. 25 Caroline Virginia (Yonker) Newland — 1 [...]

Det. Sgt. Trever Slater with the Michigan State Police Fire Investigations Unit takes verbal notes on his voice recorder Thursday afternoon while investigating a pickup truck that was destroyed in a fire Aug. 8 at 1308 Oakwood St. in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Police investigating possible arson in Belding

After three fires in the span of one week at her residence, Belding resident Deb Souza is now wondering if she can leave her home without having to worry about a fourth fire occurring on her property. At approximately 4 a.m. Aug. 2, firefighters were called to 1308 Oakwood St. in Belding to the scene of a small fire of a mobile car port in Souza’s driveway after a neighbor spotted the fire.

The suspect is a white male in his late 20s with brownish shaggy hair to his shoulders, a goatee and a skinny build. The suspect possibly drives a white Ford Taurus. A photo of the suspect's vehicle was taken at Leppink's parking lot in Howard City. — Courtesy photo

Howard City police searching for indecent exposure suspect

Police are searching for an indecent exposure suspect and are asking for the public’s help. According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, the suspect is a white male in his late 20s with brownish shaggy hair to his shoulders, a goatee and a skinny build.

hree Howard City-area youths have been apprehended after allegedly causing mischief and vandalism throughout the village this summer. Incidents included spraypainted vehicles, homes and other property. — Courtesy photo

Howard City vandals apprehended

Three juveniles have been identified after a rash of summer crime throughout Howard City. According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, the three Howard City-area youths, two age 15 and one age 14, are responsible for spray painting cars, trailers and other property, egging homes and cars and pounding on the doors of homes and running away throughout this summer.

Carson City-Crystal’s Maxxton Jolls (24) goes up for a rebound against Belding in a game in January

CC-Crystal graduates to play hoops at Alma

Two Carson City-Crystal basketball players will be playing at the college level. Maxxton Jolls and Sara Schneider will be playing for the Fighting Scots this winter.

Gerald Williamson

Belding bomb threat suspect charged with false report

A man has been charged after allegedly making a false report of a bomb threat in Belding last week. Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson said after officers investigated the situation, they developed a suspect about two hours after the incident.