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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.


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.

Craig Gill, at left, and Levi Herroon, owners of the new Short Stop Motorcycle Parts & Accessories in Belding, will open at 9 a.m. Monday. The duo will also host Bike Night both Monday and Tuesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. Bike Night will be held each Thursday evening, starting at 6 p.m.

New motorcycle shop opens, Bike Nights begin July 2-3

Starting Monday, parts, accessories, repair and good old-fashioned camaraderie for motorcycle owners and enthusiasts will be available at Levi Herroon and Craig Gill’s new business, Short Stop Motorcycle Parts and Accessories.

Craig Snook’s multimedia piece, “Chai Tea or Tai Chi,” was created with digital art printed on canvas. Tea bags and graphic designed tags were then added. The piece was shown this year, along with another of Snook’s pieces, in the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University.— Courtesy photo

Lakeview graduate selected for one-man art show

When he decided to start painting again following a 25-year hiatus, it was the somnambulant, siren song of familiar faces and places that drew Craig Snook back to the village of Lakeview. A 1981 graduate of Lakeview High School who went on to pursue a career in graphic arts, Snook’s intimate knowledge of the village and surrounding countryside gave him more than enough choices when it came to subject matter.


Funeral Notices for Saturday, June 30, 2012

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White Cloud bull rider Rod McKeown rides a bull during the first round of the bull-riding competition Friday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. McKeown won the event. — Daily News/Chip Burch

White Cloud bull rider survives injuries, wins Montcalm County 4-H Fair rodeo

Rod McKeown had gone into the bull-riding competition at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair on Friday night with one injury already. The White Cloud man was already nursing an injured left hand, so he had to ride the bulls at the annual Brandt Clark Rodeo with his other hand.

The original “Ellis School” and “1920” stone inscriptions were safely dismantled from the east facing of Ellis Elementary School.

Belding’s Ellis Elementary School torn down, set to rebuild (Photo Gallery)

Ellis Elementary School along Bridge Street in Belding, which was constructed in 1920, was torn down this week and will be rebuilt this fall with seven new classrooms expected to be finished in January. The construction is part of the 38.8 million bond levy that voters approved in 2010.

4-H’er Ellie Nielsen, 10, of Coral, smiles after hearing that her feeder calf, Fred, was sold at $4.20 per pound, weighing 365 pounds, earning her first place in her age group Thursday evening at the Montcalm County Fairgrounds. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County 4-H’ers sell $195,168.11 at 2012 livestock auction

After 10 years of showing pigs at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair, recent Lakeview High School graduate Joe Main ended his 4-H career on a very high note. Main, 18, was declared Grand Champion showing pigs for the fifth time after his pig sold for a fair record $14 per pound weighing in at 272 pounds. “It was a lot of hard work and a lot of fun,” he said. “I have a lot of good memories over the 10 years.”