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Ryan Bennett, 24, of Howard City, was sentenced on June 27 for the death of Scott Gregory, 25, of Howard City, last summer. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

ON THE RECORD: Fatal accident sentence handed down amid ‘extenuating circumstances’

It was just another Thursday night in a small town Two young men who had attended high school together happened to visit the local bar at the same time. They shared a conversation before going their separate ways. In the early morning hours of Friday, one man was dead in the middle of the road just a few blocks away from the bar. The other man would take the blame for the death, but the facts of what really happened that summer night will likely never be known.

Firefighters work together to spray water to extinguish flames Tuesday afternoon while battling a pole barn fire in Maple Valley Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pole barn, farm equipment destroyed in Maple Valley Township fire

A pole barn and items inside, including several tractors and equipment, were destroyed Tuesday afternoon after the barn was consumed and destroyed by fire.

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Tri County High School graduates 162 seniors

Graduating seniors from Tri County High School have said goodbye to a way of life they’ve come to know well over the past four years. Some will move on to college, others to careers and families; but whatever the destination, Thursday night’s commencement ceremony represented a turning point none of them will forget. The class of 162 seniors marched into the school’s packed-to-the-walls gymnasium to the traditional strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by the school band.

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Montcalm County Emergency Services honor late county commissioner

A rainy Wednesday gave way to a clear and pleasant evening, just in time to honor a longtime Montcalm County commissioner and emergency rescue advocate. Montcalm County Emergency Services employees gathered at the Stanton base for a dedication ceremony for the late Carl Paepke, along with Paepke’s two daughters, Priscilla Heimbecker and Jeanne Poulsen, both of Trufant.

Graduating Tri County High School senior Patrick Overzet plans to spend the summer working as a mechanic on a combine crew, beginning in North Dakota and working across the country. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tri County senior moving on to ‘dream job’ despite adversities

Never give up. That’s the advice Tri County High School graduating senior Patrick Overzet would like to pass along to future generations of students.

The Winfield Hustlers include, front row, from left, Abigail Rushmore and Kelly Olger; back row from left, Jessica Black, Hailey Olger, Joy Johnson, Serena Johnson, Lindsey Olger, Kristina Brasington, Dominic Black, Nathan Rousseau, Tyler Keilholtz and Aaron Johnson. — Courtesy photo

Winfield Hustlers sew blankets for young heart surgery patients

Hailey Olger wants to be a doctor when she grows up. The aspirations of this 12-year-old are due in part to watching her little sister Kelly struggle with heart defects. Kelly is 5 years old and has already had three open heart surgeries.

This quad struck the driver's side of a southbound car after the quad failed to yield the right-of-way. — Courtesy photo

Pierson teen injured after quad strikes car

A teenager riding an off-road vehicle was injured after his quad runner collided with a car. According to the Howard City Police Department, a 16-year-old from Pierson on a quad runner was stopped at a westbound stop sign at Lake Montcalm Road when the quad proceeded across the intersection at 6:18 p.m. Tuesday.

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ANTI-BULLYING: New collaboration to establish positive culture at school

High school today is not what it was yesterday. As a public institution of higher learning, with teenagers shuffling from class to class on an hourly basis, the culture and world inside the doors of what many refer to as the “best four years of your life,” is an ever-changing whirlwind of new experiences found each and every day. But that culture, filled with children who are learning to become adults, is not always a favorable one, and students, faculty and administration at high schools throughout Montcalm County are ready to make a change.

On Feb. 26, a sign was placed at Howard City’s unmanned recycling site stating that the site will be shut down on April 15 if abuse of the site does not stop. — Courtesy photo

Howard City recycling site may be shut down

This village was the location of Montcalm County’s first 24/7 unmanned recycling site starting in November 2011. The pilot program was such a success that county officials approved creating six additional sites in Carson City, Crystal, Edmore, Lakeview, Montcalm Township and Stanton last August.

During Winterfest on Saturday in Howard City, an artist showed off his talents by carving a bear out of a log using a chainsaw. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

No snow, no problem for fourth annual Howard City Winterfest

Although snow did not make much of an appearance in Howard City this weekend, the fourth annual Winterfest still showcased fun events for all ages. Panhandle Chamber of Commerce Secretary Millianne Lewis said some events at Winterfest were altered, but the weekend went on and nothing was canceled.