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Pilot Jimmy Bearens and wife Barb drop golf balls onto a target below during the helicopter golf ball drop at the third annual PMS golf fundraiser on Saturday in Howard City. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Howard City golf event raises more than $11,000 for MS

Many families and friends teamed up Saturday at Birchwood Golf Course during the Play “Fore” the Cure for Multiple Sclerosis (PMS) golf fundraiser that raised more than $11,000. For Grand Rapids resident Steve Broekema the good weather was a chance to be around friends and support PMS fundraiser.

Birchwood Golf Course owners Debbie and Mark Heath hold an annual golf outing to raise money for multiple sclerosis. The money raised goes to the University of Michigan for research and is used to help families suffering from MS in Montcalm and surrounding counties. The outing starts at 9 a.m. on July 21. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Birchwood Golf Course outing 
to raise money for multiple sclerosis research

The Play “Fore” the Cure for Multiple Sclerosis (PMS) golf outing July 21 at Birchwood Golf Course is a way for owners Mark and Debbie Heath to raise money for research and help others who suffer with MS. “We named it PMS as a way of getting people’s attention,” Debbie said. “There are so many fundraisers and golf outing these days that we felt this would help make our outing stand out. When we ask men to participate in the outing some say, ‘Well, isn’t that an outing for women?”

Although some damage was done to this cherry tree at Watts’ Orchards in Howard City, it was the frost in early spring that took fruit from the tree, leaving owners Wayne, above, and Bruce Watts without any crops to harvest. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

2012 has been one of the hardest years for local growers

Between the unusual warm winter, a freeze and now a record-setting heatwave in Montcalm County, this year has been a struggle for local growers and possibly one of the worst years in history. “It’s devastating to us,” summarized Wayne Watts, who owns Watts’ Orchards in Howard City along with his son, Bruce Watts.

Members of the Tri County High School band march in time to their percussion instruments. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Parade highlights Coral’s 150th anniversary (Photo Gallery)

The village of Coral celebrated its 150th anniversary this weekend. A variety of free events, musical performances and the grand parade were enjoyed by the community on Saturday.

Mark Blodgett lost his home at 10815 Maple Hill Road north of M-46 after an apparent lightning strike Monday morning. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lightning strike burns Reynolds Township home

A Howard City-area home burned to the ground Monday morning after a lightning strike from a thunderstorm hit the residence. According to Howard City Fire Chief Randy Heckman, it is believed a work ladder leading up to the roof of the home helped attract the lightning strike, which occurred around 10 a.m. at 10815 Maple Hill Road north of M-46.

New Age BioScience just south of Howard City was destroyed in a fire Tuesday morning. Firefighters from multiple departments battled the blaze, which continued to flare up throughout the afternoon and evening. - Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City cancer treatment manufacturing facility burns

A cancer treatment manufacturing facility went up in a blaze Tuesday morning, with flames shooting 50 feet into the air. The Howard City Fire Department responded to New Age BioScience at 6244 Henkel Road at 5:45 a.m. The building is located just off Federal Road (old 131) behind the VFW Hall south of Howard City.

Several Tri County seniors sported customized mortarboards at Thursday's graduation. - Daily News/Mike Taylor

144 Tri County grads look to a hopeful future

Before looking to their new futures as high school graduates, 144 seniors at Tri County High School — including nine foreign exchange students —had one last chance to look back, back to their earliest school days, to a time when wisdom was dispensed by the doctor. Dr. Seuss.

Tri County High School senior Isaac Smith is set to graduate Thursday night. He will be attending East Tennessee State University on a music scholarship this fall. He plans to incorporate his career as a musician with his second love, helping special needs students. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tri County senior uses music to help special needs students

When you wade into the world of music with most high school students, certain names tend to rise to the surface — Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber. Tri County High School senior Isaac Smith marches to the beat of a different drummer — or he would if drums were featured more prominently in bluegrass music. Del McCoury, Earl Scruggs and Mississippi John Hurt are far more likely to find their way onto Smith’s iPod than any pubescent heartthrob crowding pop’s top 100.

A view north from the M-82 overpass just west of Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

U.S. 131 construction project well under way (Photo Gallery)

A $15 million road construction project on U.S. 131 is well under way. The Michigan Department of Transportation is resurfacing 12 miles of U.S. 131 from Cannonsville Road north to M-46. Traffic is being maintained on U.S. 131 at all times using crossovers, which were constructed last year.

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Multiple fire departments respond to Trufant barn fire (Photos)

Six fire departments responded to a fully involved fire at a barn that housed dairy cattle late Friday morning. The Maple Valley Township Fire Department was called to 477 Marble Road at 11:25 a.m. with a report that the roof of the barn was on fire.