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Lizzie Sheldon of Howard City is looking for in participating in the DNR’s new Mentored Youth Hunting program with her father, Mark Sheldon.

WOODS & WATERS: Youth movement in Michigan’s hunting

Later this month, Lizzie Sheldon, 10, of Howard City, will be among the first to take part in Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) new Mentored Youth Hunting program.

Oakfield Township Fire Chief Don Riker said a cigarette thrown from a car window, such as the one shown here at the scene of a roadside brush fire Monday afternoon, was likely the cause of the fire that burned alongside M-57 west of Wabasis Road. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Brush fire along M-57 near Wabasis likely caused by cigarette

A roadside brush fire that burned approximately 300 feet alongside M-57 on Monday afternoon was likely started from a cigarette thrown from a vehicle. According to Oakfield Township Fire Chief Don Riker, conditions were just right for a lit cigarette to catch fire to dry leaves and timber laying alongside the road, which is what he believes caused the fire that began at about 12:30 p.m.

Die-offs of EHD-affected deer usually occur near water, as deer, dehydrated and suffering from high fever, try to cool themselves down. “If multiple watersheds are involved, the total mortality is higher (in that area),” DNR wildlife biologist Tom Cooley said.

WOODS & WATERS: DNR report record number of EHD-related deer deaths

For many deer hunters and hunting-related businesses in the Ionia, Montcalm and Kent counties, the frost couldn’t come any quicker, especially in Ionia, where a small insect, the midge fly, is the culprit for spreading a disease in the state’s deer population that has wiped out more than 2,800 deer since July.

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Howard City enjoys beautiful Harvest Festival weekend (Photo Gallery)

The 10th annual Harvest Festival took place Friday through Sunday throughout downtown Howard City.

Fabric Artist Ruth Petersen Jelema shows off a few of her creations at Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

LowellArts! serves up another successful festival at Fallasburg Park

True to its billing, this year’s Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts truly did offer something for everyone. Sponsored by LowellArts!, the festival entered its 44th year Saturday and Sunday with a juried show featuring 100 artists and craftspersons from across the country. Nestled in the inviting area surrounding Fallasburg Park’s main pavilion, the event also offered live music, great food and seasonal children’s activities.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 17, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Sept. 17, 2012


Political town hall meeting planned Oct. 4 at Sheridan VFW

Plans for the town hall meeting Oct. 4 at the Sheridan VFW Post are about 75 percent finalized, according to VFW Post 5065 Legislative Chairman Eric Halvorsen. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4.


OUR VIEW: To the shores of Tripoli

America and the world might never have known much about the career and work of United States Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, but for the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2012.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, Sept. 15

Belding wins, finishes second at Sparta: The Redskin boys were the best team in the White Division of the Sparta Invitational Saturday, as they scored 75 points…

M&S Quick Stop on M-46 north of Howard City was destroyed in a fire Sunday evening.

Family-owned party store destroyed in fire on M-46

A family-owned party store on M-46 was destroyed in a fire Sunday night. The Howard City Fire Department responded to M&S Quick Stop at 9469 Reed Road, just off M-46 north of Howard City, at 6:58 p.m.