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‘He lived life by his heart’: 22-year-old man killed in motorcycle accident

The DeBerg family shared a picture perfect day Fourth of July together. Tim and Amy and their children, Tad and Tori, and Tad’s son Emmett went out for dinner to celebrate Tim’s birthday. They went to a park and played with Emmett. They went home and had cake and ice cream.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Stanton’s new water park(ing lot)

Portions of the city of Stanton were hit hard by Sunday night’s rain and thunderstorm, leaving parks and parking lots flooded. Check out this photo gallery by Kyle Wilson.

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From left, having noticed a spot forming on her nose in 2000, Stanton’s Cindy Partlo, at first, thought it was just a sunspot or freckle; laser surgery was used to remove the melanoma from Partlo’s nose and under her eye; Partlo is in the middle of recovering from melanoma cancer. — Courtesy photos

Stanton woman celebrates one-year recovery from cancer with Gran Fondo

It was just a sunspot. Perhaps a new freckle, so she told herself. But even after two dermatologists told Cindy Partlo it was not cancer, a small concern still lingered and grew, as did the spot over the years. Last spring, Partlo, 51, an administrative assistant at Mid-Michigan District Health Department, was strongly encouraged by her eye doctor, Renee Martin of Martin Eye Care in Greenville, to seek a third opinion for the spot on her nose, a spot she first noticed in 2000.

Pastor Kurt Hoffman and wife Brenda.

Pastor’s cause of death was drowning

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office has learned the cause of death of local pastor Kurt Hoffman was drowning. He was found dead Sunday morning after his car was spotted, submerged in a lake, by a passing driver.

Montcalm Community College Vice President of Academic Affairs Rob Spohr, right, delivers a presentation focused on funding the Montcalm Alliance to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Monday afternoon at the County Administration Building in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Commissioners pledge $25,000 per year to Montcalm Alliance

When it comes to financing an effort to grow and strengthen economic development in Montcalm County, the Montcalm Alliance officially has another ally. In a unanimous vote Monday afternoon, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to contribute $25,000 to the Montcalm Alliance for the next three years “to enhance the effort of economic development within Montcalm County and the region.”

From left, 2014 Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year Kennedy Cogsworth, first runner-up Rory Eldridge, Ericka Haag, Jacob Homich, Heidi Terry, and second runner-up Elizabeth Yelland, stand together Saturday evening in the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds Ash Building during the awards presentation for 2014 4-H’er of the year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gowen teenager selected as 2014 4-H’er of the Year

It all started with two fat, little pygmy goats, ‘Moo’ and ‘Oink.’ Seven years later, after learning to properly care for her two precious animal friends and so many others, Kennedy Cogswell has become a young leader of the local 4-H community.

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JUST IN: 5 injured in Sunday evening crash in Pine Township

Five people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Pine Township on Sunday evening. Montcalm County Sheriff Deputies responded to the accident at approximately 6:42 p.m. at the corner of Gravel Ridge and Coral roads.

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JUST IN: Local pastor killed in one-car accident, vehicle found submerged in lake

A local pastor was found dead Sunday morning after his car was spotted, submerged in a lake, by a passing driver.

Stanton coach Jake Helms holds the traveling “Red Bull” trophy. Organizers of Central Montcalm High School’s 50th reunion are hoping the bull’s current owner will loan it back to the school, at least temporarily, for display purposes this weekend. — Courtesy photo

Central Montcalm alum hoping to locate ‘Red Bull’ trophy

It has been 50 years since Stanton Union Schools and Sheridan Rural Agricultural Schools consolidated, creating Central Montcalm High School. Before that, on the sports fields, at least, the two were bitter rivals.

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Looking north down Derby Road is a minefield of potholes and worn-out patch jobs stretches from shoulder to shoulder. With a lack of funding, the number of potholes around the area remains high and causes problems for all drivers.

Emmons, Outman support sales tax increase to fund state’s roads

Rick Outman went to church last Sunday expecting to hear a sermon from his preacher. However, the state representative also received an exhortation from his congregation of constituents about how state legislators adjourned for the summer without reaching an agreement about how to fix the roads.