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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.

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Carson City has new drop box for unwanted meds

At the most recent Carson City Council meeting, the council also approved summer shirts for city police officers and a new medication drop box. “This drop box is from a program that gives citizens a way to dispose of unused medication,” said Carson City Police Chief Bruce Partridge.

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Funeral Notices for June 28, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, June 28, 2012

Kaylee Case, 17, of Greenville, cools down her horse Dillon at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds in Montcalm Township Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County 4-H Fair taking precautions with animals and 4-H’ers

It’s a hot one out there. With temperatures forecasted to be in the mid-90s today and Friday, people and animals at the weeklong Montcalm County 4-H Fair are scrambling to stay cool. Barb Altizer, horse show manager and a member of the horse leaders board, said fair officials have made quite a few changes to adjust to soaring temps.

Sara Shriver

Belding board selects interim superintendent, elementary principal

Belding Area Schools will soon have its new superintendent. At a special school board meeting Wednesday night, board members voted unanimously to select Sara Shriver, the district’s director of instruction and technology, as the new interim superintendent.

Ronald Earl Cooper

Murder for hire at the Montcalm County Jail

Montcalm County Sheriff’s officials prevented an attempted murder for hire by an inmate in the Montcalm County Jail this week. Ronald Earl Cooper, 36, of Schoolcraft, allegedly made arrangements to have a 24-year-old Kalamazoo woman killed while Cooper was in jail as a lodger from Kalamazoo County.

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OUR VIEW: Better to let political process take its course

We are more than a little disappointed that yet another recall effort is in the works, this one in Belding. At issue, is the Board of Education’s decision to privatize the district’s custodial services to a third-party vendor at the recommendation of their administration and after months of study. The decision was not made lightly and in the end the district will save an anticipated $802,000 over a three-year period. That is not chump change and in the environment the district finds itself in with declining enrollments, it likely is only the first of many such moves that will be needed to right the finances of the system. Transportation and sports may not be far behind.

Colin Hough, 10, of Lakeview, laughs as he tries to keep up with his pig, Bob, at right, on Tuesday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon 

Lakeview area boy and his pig, Bob, steal the show at swine event

The swine show at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair featured youths and pigs of all shapes and sizes. But Colin Hough and his 282-pound pig, Bob, stole the show Tuesday.

Erik Doty has been competing across the country in javelin, discus and shot put, and hopes to qualify this weekend in Indianapolis for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding grad eyeing spot on National Paralympic Track and Field Team

Life can throw a lot of challenges one’s way, and how you overcome those challenges can shape you into the person you are today. For recent Belding High School graduate Erik Doty, everything about who he is today can be tracked to one tragic event that nearly took his life almost four years ago.

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Central Montcalm schools OK’s 2012-2013 budget

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved the 2012-2013 budget, after a few last-minute amendments. The board voted 5-0 to approve $15,000,169 in general fund appropriations for the 2012-2013 year with increases in revenue and decreases in expenditure.