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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.

Artman Park in Howard City is one of the most popular parks in Montcalm County for weddings. The park includes a pavilion with picnic tables and activities for all to enjoy.  — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Parks tour offers summer guide to Montcalm County parks (Photo Gallery)

Montcalm County parks and pavilions officially opened for the season on Tuesday and will remain open until Oct. 31. Members of the Montcalm County Parks & Recreation Committee took their annual parks tour on Tuesday.

Tri County’s Jamison Hawley (21) slides into second base safely as the ball gets away from Grant’s Alex Walters, left, during the teams’ game at Fifth Third Ballpark on Monday.

Tri County baseball team hammers Grant at Fifth Third Ballpark

Tri County’s annual trip to Fifth Third Ballpark was a successful one this year. The Vikings had no problems with the Grant Tigers on Monday, winning 10-4 in the annual game at the home of the West Michigan Whitecaps.

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In memory of ‘Mac’: Sheriff’s officials remember their fallen colleague

Three decades have passed since Montcalm County Sheriff’s Lt. William “Mac” McCarthy was murdered in the line of duty. The memory of April 27, 1982, still brings Lewis Corwin to tears.