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Outman wins State House re-election bid

State House incumbent Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, easily defeated his democratic challenger James Hoisington, D-Stanton, in Tuesday’s election.

Outman received 13,372 votes to Hoisington’s 8,282 votes, or 62 to 38 percent.

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Cooper defeats Belding councilman Feuerstein in recall vote

After serving three years of his five-year term as councilman of this city, Joe Feuerstein will now exit his seat after losing to challenger Dennis Cooper in a special recall election.

Cooper received 587 votes to Feuerstein’s 385 votes, or 54 to 35 percent.

At left, Montcalm Community College Vice President for Student and Academic Affairs Rob Spohr discusses the college’s enrollment numbers, as Dean of Student & Enrollment Services Debra Alexander, center, and President Bob Ferrentino, right, listen during a MCC Board of Trustees meeting earlier this month. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Enrollment up, financial forecast down at Montcalm Community College

As Michigan’s economic recovery continues, the same cannot be said for its effect on community college enrollment.

Of the 28 community colleges in Michigan, 26 are currently experiencing a drop in enrollment, and Montcalm Community College has not been immune to that decrease.

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Bridge boost: $275,000 grant helps Whites Bridge rebuilding efforts

Just when supporters behind the efforts to rebuild Whites Bridge thought things may be losing steam, a government grant is helping the think-tank stay strong.

On Oct. 13, the Whites Bridge Historical Society received word that the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Grand Region Bridge Council approved a $275,000 grant.

Belding Area Schools Superintendent Sara Shriver recently received the Annual Educator Award through the Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists. — Courtesy photo

Belding superintendent receives statewide honor

After more than two years at the helm of Belding Area Schools, Superintendent Sara Shriver’s effort’s are being applauded statewide.

On Oct. 1, Shriver received the Annual Educator Award through the Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists (MAS/FPS).

Newly hired Edmore Village Manager James Lower, left, signs his official contract with the village Tuesday evening as Village President Chet Guild watches after having signed the contract himself. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Ex-Ionia County commissioner accepts Edmore village manager job

After nearly three months without a village manager, this community has now found a man ready and willing to take the reigns with a goal to move it forward.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, right, answers a question during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College as Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons, address K-12 education funding claims

The current debate of how education funding in Michigan has been handled under Gov. Rick Snyder couldn’t be more polarizing. Depending on which political advertisement is on one’s television or radio, the debate ranges from an increase of more than $1 billion in additional funds to a decrease of the same amount.

Pastor Ken Harger of Orleans Township continues to record his religious sermons from his lighthouse on Long Lake to be aired on the radio and on the Internet. His show, which has now aired for 35 years, is on every Sunday morning on both WGLM in Greenville and WION in Ionia. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pastor Ken Harger reflects on 35 years of local radio sermons

In his youth, those who knew Ken Harger were lucky to hear a whisper or a single audible word from the shy, embarrassed boy with a speech impediment. A lifetime later, Harger’s unique voice and powerful spiritual messages can be heard all over the world, a transformation he says was guided by the grace of God.

Greenville High School advanced placement government students, junior Stephanie Doyle, 16, left, and junior Izzie Matthews, 16, center, use an iPad and cell phone to give 33rd District State Senate candidate Fred Sprague, D-Mount Pleasant, the appropriate 1-minute time frame to speak during Wednesday evening’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Political hopefuls participate in final local candidate forum

With just 12 days remaining until the Nov. 4 general election, there was no mistaking the location of the final candidate forum for political contenders in contested races. Attendees of Wednesday’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville were greeted by an wave of campaign signs, guiding them to the meeting of political rivals.

From left, Belding City Council members Joe Feuerstein, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones, City Clerk Kareen Thomas and City Manager Meg Mullendore meet in open session after the city council performed Mullendore's 18-month evalaution Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding City Council says city manager is improving

This city manager’s evaluations have been a roller coaster ride during her 18 months at the helm.
The Belding City Council went into a three-hour closed session meeting Tuesday evening to discuss Meg Mullendore’s 18 month review. In open session, Mayor Ron Gunderson revealed that Mullendore has made progress from her previous assessment in April.