From left, 4-H’er of the Year second runner-up Lakin Spittka, candidate Rachel Rodenhouse, candidate Grace DeGelder, candidate Justin Davis, first runner-up Kennedy Cogswell, and 4-H’er of the year winner Heather Russell stand together after Saturday evening’s award ceremony at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Stanton teenager selected as 2013 4-H’er of the Year

For many local 4-H’ers, it is often dreamed to one day be selected as the Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year, the highest honor achievable. On Saturday evening, that dream was realized by Heather Russell, 19, of Stanton, and the Mixed Bag of Nuts 4-H group, who out of a field of six other 4-H’ers who contended for the top honor was selected as this year’s 4-H’er of the Year.

Shalynnda Garry, 13, of West Branch, takes a moment to feed her favorite animal, a donkey, at Anderson & Girls Orchards and Gifts Monday afternoon in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Stanton’s Anderson & Girls grows in popularity (Photo Galleries)

Each year, Marcia Moore of Alma schedules a visit to Anderson & Girls Orchards and Gifts because of the excitement her grandchildren experience while visiting the establishment. Moore said for the past four years, she has made the trip with her grandchildren Shalynnda, 13, and Seth, 8, both of West Branch, as it is their favorite place to visit with animals.

This year’s Sheridan Family Health Fair, held Thursday afternoon, offered free health screenings, kids games and more. The event is held annually in Sheridan and is sponsored by the hospital. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Sheridan health fair a hit with family, seniors

The Sheridan Community Center was transferred into a petting zoo/playground/fairground Thursday afternoon for Sheridan Community Hospital’s annual Family Health Fair. This year event featured live animals from Anderson & Girls Petting Zoo, lots of games, face painting, an obstacle course and much more. There also were plenty of activities and information available for adults.

Members of the Montcalm County Community Corrections Advisory Board, from left, Terry King of the Department of Human Services, David Hancock of Colonial House Real Estate, Community Corrections Manager Kevin Everingham and Montcalm County Jail Administrator Mark Sabin discuss a grant application for the community corrections program on Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Community corrections program aims to help non-violent offenders

A local community corrections program is going strong, despite budget cuts. The Michigan Community Corrections Act of 1988 established a statewide policy to develop and operate corrections programs for non-violent adult offenders who would otherwise be incarcerated.

Members of the Sheridan VFW and Stanton American Legion attended the We Love America Parade on Friday at Central Montcalm High School. Veterans performed the presentation of colors and flag raising ceremonies.

34th annual We Love America parade celebrated

Central Montcalm Public School celebrated Americans who fought and gave their lives to their country Friday, while also teaching students about their ancestry.


Crystal teen crowned Sheridan Springfest queen

It was a night of misplaced tiaras and a misprinted program, yet it was a perfect night for Riann Rohn, as she was crowned the 2013 Miss Sheridan Springfest queen. Organizers originally planned a 6 p.m. pageant, yet when the schedule came out in print, it stated a 7 p.m. start. Combined with the tiaras somehow lost en route to the event, organizers made a last-minute decision to postpone the start to 7:20 p.m., giving time for a quick run to Mount Pleasant for replacement crowns.

On Sunday, 113 students graduated from Central Montcalm High School. As each student walked across the stage at Central Montcalm to received their diplomas, several became emotional as they celebrated the completion of one chapter and the start of another. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

113 graduate from Central Montcalm High School on Sunday

Graduates from Central Montcalm High School received well wishes and advice on how to be themselves and have a successful future. On Sunday, the high school filled with friends and family to wish 113 graduates well in their next chapter.

Alyssa Ruggles, 18, of Stanton, holds up a giant papier-mâché cupcake made for a class project at school. Ruggles has been running her own cake-making business out of her house called “The Cake Kid” since she was in seventh grade. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm senior started business in seventh grade

It started in the seventh grade with a challenge of making her first cake … and spiraled into running her own cake business a short time later. Alyssa Ruggles, 18, of Stanton, has been running her own cake-making business called “The Cake Kid” from her home after her mother received a request to make a graduation cake.

The driver of a tan Jeep Cherokee was transported to Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville by ambulance after he ran a stop sign and crashed into into a semi truck Wednesday afternoon.  Daily News/Cory Smith

Stanton man injured after crashing into Freightliner

A Stanton man was taken to the hospital after failing to stop at a traffic sign and crashing into a Freightliner dump truck Wednesday afternoon.

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Bittersweet memories: MCC celebrates graduation

Semesters that started with dual enrollment at Montcalm Community College (MCC) during Alexis Brayton’s high school career, and continued for another three-and-half years of classes during her college career, ended Friday night as she was able to walk across the stage and receive her college diploma.