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London Eldridge, 10, of Stanton, at right, stands with her grand champion cow Baxter before going up to the platform Thursday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair livestock auction. Her sister Celina Eldridge, 5, helped out. Baxter, who weighs 556 pounds, was sold to Harvey’s Agricultural Solutions of Carson City for $2 per pound. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Montcalm County 4-H Fair livestock auction raises $200,000+

This year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair livestock auction was a huge success, ringing in more than $21,000 than last year. Thursday night’s auction totaled about $216,495.20, which is $21,327.09 more than last year’s auction. A total of 380 animals were sold, weighing a total of 81,962.5 pounds.

Theresa Flores, a survivor of human trafficking and author of the book “The Slave Across the Street” speaks to an audience in Greenville on the topic of human trafficking in Michigan. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Author, survivor speaks out on sex trafficking

It all started with a crush on a boy. He was different, says Theresa Flores. “He was sweet, very suave,” she says.


Greenville school board approves ‘positive’ budget

The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education passed a “positive” budget for the 2013-2014 school year. The board held a special meeting on Monday to approve the proposed budget presented by Chief Financial Officer John Gilchrist.


Funeral Notices – June 28, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Friday, June 28, 2013.

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.

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.