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Ethan Vance, 19, of Hubbardston, stands in the hot tub he recycled into a koi pond. His project won Best in Show at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Vance also won the Smucker Leadership Award. This is Vance's last year as a 4-H'er. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Hubbardston teen recycles hot tub into koi pond

This is Ethan Vance’s last year as a 4-H’er. “I went out with a bang,” he said. Indeed he did.

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Carson City street assessment focuses on maintenance

Spicer Group recently presented a street assessment to the Carson City Council. Project Manager James Ensign and Construction Services Engineer Nick Elliott attended the meeting on behalf of Spicer Group. Ensign explained how Spicer Group could help the city use $100,000 in funding from the state for road repairs.

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Funeral Notices for Monday, July 2, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, July 2, 2012.

Belding’s Conor Wisman watches his putt from off the green during a match against Lowell May 15.

Belding golfers struggled in O-K Blue Conference

Finishing last in the O-K Blue Conference wasn’t something Belding golf coach Doug Anderson had in mind for the season. But Anderson knew the conference was going to be a tough one to play in because “there were a lot of great golfers,” he said.

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Montcalm Township man arrested after assaulting, threatening to kill family at knifepoint

A Montcalm Township man is in custody after he allegedly threatened his family at knifepoint for more than two and a half hours early Sunday morning. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1100 block of West Sidney Road at 12:46 a.m. regarding a man armed with knives, threatening to kill his family.

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Stanton woman escapes attempted sexual assault

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted criminal sexual assault of a woman who successfully escaped after she was attacked. A 23-year-old Stanton woman reported at 10:39 p.m. Sunday that she had been walking near a small lake in the Colby Ranch game area when she was approached by a man driving a red car.

State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, sponsored an agriculture town hall meeting Friday at the new exhibit building located at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds. Pictured from left to right are President of the Cherry Marketing Institute Phil Korson, Ben Kudwa of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission, Rebecca Park of Farm Bureau, Legislative Aide Arianna Van Acker, Outman, State Rep. Kevin Daley, State Sen. Joe Hune, Bill Bobier of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and State Sen. Judy Emmons. Not pictured is Mary Kelpinksi of the Michigan Pork Producers. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Montcalm County 4-H Fair hosts agriculture town hall meeting

State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, sponsored an agriculture town hall meeting Friday to inform the community about agriculture not only in Michigan, but especially in Montcalm County. The meeting was held at the Ash Building at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds just north of Greenville and was attended by about 50 residents, committee members, commissioners and more, including Michigan State University Extension Office Director Thomas Coon.

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Grand Rapids man arrested after Greenville stabbing

A Grand Rapids man is in jail after allegedly stabbing a local man and attempting to stab another local man Friday night in Greenville. According to Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mike Pousak, the incident began at a party at River’s Edge Townhouses on Hillcrest Street in Greenville.

Starting Sunday, synthetic drugs, such as this “Kryptonite” sold in Greenville, will be illegal throughout Michigan after a new law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. — File photo

No more Mr. Nice Guy — synthetic drugs now illegal

Starting Sunday, it will be illegal to buy, sell or use synthetic drugs in Michigan. But Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt is getting a head start on cracking down.

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Midway rides light up the Montcalm County 4-H Fair

A variety of fast and colorful rides are being featured at this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds.