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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.

Storme Fleet, 14, is pictured with his sister, Brittnay, 22, and the family dog, Minnie. Storme and his family have benefitted from the support of the Tri County Area Schools community after Storme was diagnosed with metachromatic leukodystrophy, chronic thyroiditis and Type 1 diabetes. — Courtesy photo

Basketball game Jan. 18 to benefit Tri County teen with terminal illness

To say the Fleet family has been through the fire over the past few years would be an understatement. Randy and Shawn Fleet of Sand Lake are the parents of six children, Jessa, 26, Erin, 23, Brittnay, 22, Dakota, 20, Randi, 16, and Storme, 14. The active family loves to play sports together and is a tight-knit clan.

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Tri County’s ‘Top Gun’ graduates from Annapolis

Megan Wolowicz was inspired to join the Navy after watching “Top Gun.” Last month, the 2008 Tri County High School graduate followed in the footsteps of that movie’s larger-than-life characters by graduating from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. In return for her bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering, she will now serve the Navy.

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Local schools talk about safety policies in wake of Sandy Hook

Columbine became a household name after two students murdered 12 classmates and one teacher and injured about two dozen more people before taking their own lives on April 20, 1999. One week ago today, Sandy Hook joined the ranks of Columbine, albeit with an even more deadly outcome. A total of 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., along with the gunman’s mother, before the gunman took his own life.

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Pierson Township murder suspect to undergo competency exam

A man accused of murdering a Pierson Township woman in her own home will undergo a competency examination before heading to trial. Robert Munsell of Grand Rapids and Ionia is charged with the Nov. 17 open murder of Julie Danielson, 31.

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Emotions run high at Pierson Township murder arraignment

Julie Lynn Danielson’s family and friends packed a small courtroom Monday afternoon to witness the video arraignment of her alleged murderer. Robert Michael Munsell, 29, of Grand Rapids and Ionia, is charged with the open murder of Danielson, 31, of Pierson Township. Munsell was arraigned before Magistrate Richard Palmer in 64B District Court.