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Fun times ahead at Dizzi Daze in Six Lakes this weekend

This year’s Dizzi Daze celebration in Six Lakes is shaping up to be one of the best held there in years, according to Dizzi Daze Committee President Gina Kotenko. In addition to many longstanding favorites, several new offerings — including a street dance — have been added to the mix.
The festival runs Friday and Saturday.

Carmen Deseno, 18, of Greenville and a member of the Country Cruisers 4-H Club, was selected by judges as the 2013 4-H Sweepstakes Showmanship Champion after he successfully showed 10 different animals, competing against nine other 4-H members.

Greenville teen wins 4-H sweepstakes showmanship championship

A Greenville teenager known for his expertise in showing poultry during the Montcalm County 4-H Fair walked away with more than he bargained for after being declared this year’s sweepstakes showmanship champion.

A ribbon is cut in front of It’s a Buck Dollar Store during a seven-business event held in Stanton on Tuesday morning. All seven stores are located within a two-block area of Main Street in downtown Stanton. State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, joined City Manager James Freed, area business people and other Stanton officials for the event.

BUSINESS BEAT: Stanton in full business bloom with seven ribbon-cutting ceremonies

Business is booming in the city of Stanton and on Tuesday, city officials, state representatives and local business people gathered to note the recent influx of new businesses to the city.


Funeral Notices – July 2, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

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Dar Morgan’s final wish granted to see Legacy Field

For months, Dar Morgan would stroll around the building site of Legacy Field in Greenville as construction workers kept busy erecting walls and moving dirt in an effort to build the new football stadium through the autumn and winter months of 2011. A Greenville High School graduate who played football at Black Field, Morgan couldn’t travel far from his sister Tami Morgan-Stump’s residence at the end of West Tyler Street because he had a battery-powered left ventricle assisted device (LVAD) aiding his weakened heart.

From left, Jack Cox, owner Tim Minikey and Clint Vinton comprise the team of expert mechanics at Sheridan Tire & Auto, which opened in January and has been doing a respectable business ever since.

BUSINESS BEAT: ‘Townie’ starts new tire store in Sheridan

Tim Minikey knows his way around an automobile. For decades he’s been turning a wrench, taking broken vehicles and making them unbroken.
His first professional foray into auto repair was as a mechanic. After that, for 11 years, he ran a tool company.

Two antique modes of transportation — a 1908 Sears and Roebuck Model J horse carriage, in back, and a 1973 Chrysler New Yorker — await some maintenance at Flat River Repair in Greenville.

REVVED UP: Buying, keeping and driving a classic vehicle

According to the State of Michigan, for a vehicle to qualify for an historical or authentic license plate, it must be at least 26 years old, based on the model year deducted from the present calendar date. Two local, classic car owners talk about their passion and the care and expense involved with owning and maintaining a classic car.


Schedule of Fourth of July fireworks shows

Here’s a list of upcoming fireworks displays in celebration of Independence Day on the Fourth of July.

Jason Hall of Belding 
displays his 2012 Danish Festival Best of Show award he received from his modified 1978 International Harvester Scout. It took him four years to modify his dream vehicle into an off-road weekend thrill ride.

REVVED UP: Work on Belding man’s 1978 International Scout is as impressive as its ride

Jason Hall’s 1978 International Harvester Scout II is simply impressive in performance.
It cuts through the sand like a hot scooper to ice cream. It climbs steep hills so effortlessly that it makes the ridiculously steep Test Hill at Silver Lake seem like a bunny hill. And, oh my, how cool it looks — with its sleek, bright siam yellow body, its removable soft top and its muscle-bound, 33-inch by 12.50-inch Wrangler mud terrain tires.
But behind its hardcore performance, neck-snapping power and its pristine look lies an even more impressive story.

Derek Brown, left, and David Youngman, both Lakeview natives, make up the group Duo Project, which will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lakeview Community Church in Lakeview. — Courtesy photo

Duo Project ‘mini tour’ coming to Lakeview on July 2

he music of Duo Project — saxophonist Derek Brown and finger-style guitarist David Youngman — defies classification. It incorporates elements of jazz, bluegrass, pop and even classical genres. And at 7 p.m. Tuesday, that eclectic blend will come to Lakeview with a live concert at Lakeview Community Church, located on the corner of M-57 and Lincoln Avenue in the building which once housed the Bargains Unlimited store.