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Students attending the Lakers Writers Camp at Belding Middle School Wednesday raise their hands with questions for guest author Tim Hargis of Kentwood. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding students focus on better writing skills at camp

School may be out for the summer, but that isn’t stopping a group of students in Belding from sharpening their writing skills as they attempt to author a book of their very own. The Lakers Writers Group, out of Grand Valley State University, has been hosting the annual Lakers Writers Camp at Belding Middle School again this year, where students in third through sixth grade have been working to write their own story by summer’s end.

Children attending the Kids Day event at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair on Wednesday scream in excitement as they ride the Cyclone Swings. — Daily News/Cory Smith

4-H Kids Day a hit with animals, rides and unlimited fun (PHOTOS)

The forecast originally called for scattered thunderstorms, but families couldn’t have asked for a more enjoyable day Wednesday as hundreds of children scattered throughout the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds during the annual Kids Day event. Jumping from ride to ride at the midway, feeding animals at the petting zoo or waiting patiently to get one’s face painted, the fairgrounds were full of children and adults on a day that Kids Day Coordinator Shari Potter said couldn’t have gone better.


Greenville amends firework ordinance

The city of Greenville has amended its firework ordinance to restrict the time fireworks can be discharged the day before, the day of and the day after a holiday. The Greenville City Council held a special meeting on Wednesday to amend its recently added firework ordinance.


Funeral Notices for June 27, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, June 27, 2013

Charles Kemp of Big Rapids was driving a 2011 Honda Accord when he failed to stop for a stop sign and struck a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Brett Headworth of Orleans. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

5 injured in Greenville crash

Five people were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Eureka Township on Wednesday evening.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: What goes on in the schools during the summer break?

No more pencils. No more books. Most of us who have been around awhile are familiar with the old saying about school that is usually attributed to students heading for a summer break. No more pencils, no more books suggest that schools close down during the months of June, July and August. It is unfortunate that impression persists, because in 2013 it is a long way from the truth.

Cast members of the Flat River Community Players’ production of “Into the Woods” perform on stage at the Greenville Performing Arts Center on Tuesday evening during a rehearsal. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville High School, Flat River Community Players work together

Building a coherent community is something that requires everyone to pull together and make some sacrifices for the greater good. The Flat River Community Players’ (FRCP) upcoming production of “Into the Woods” is one of those collaborations that have come with some sacrifices. Greenville High School’s auditorium manager Chris Chapman calls this collaboration a “new experiment” between the school district and the Flat River Community Players.

Jerry Seever pushes his Allis Chalmers to the limit during Tuesday evening’s antique tractor pull at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. The event was sponsored by the Flat River Antique Tractor Club. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Flat River Antique Tractor Club hosts pull at fairgrounds

The roar of straining horses could be heard throughout the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds on Tuesday evening; the kind of horses one finds beneath the hood of a hulking John Deere tractor. At the fairground’s grandstand arena, dozens of antique tractors went fender-to-fender to compete in this year’s tractor pull, sponsored by the Flat River Antique Tractor Club. Owners of Farmall’s, Deere’s and International Harvester’s pushed their rigs to the limit in an attempt to drag a weighted sled just a little farther than the next guy.


OUR VIEW: Tense times for revenue sharing

Uncertain economic times bring added tensions to the practice of revenue sharing among and between governmental units. When money becomes short, so does the patience of the players when it comes to divvying up taxpayer dollars. Federal, state, municipal and township entities all wish to hold their ground and burnish their budgets, even as the pot shrinks.


Montcalm County EMS is now hiring

A decrease in response times, an increase in run volume and a number of unmet calls are resulting in new hires at Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services. EMS Director Dave Feldpausch recently updated the Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee about the need for additional EMS staffing.