Lori Hansen

Nicodemus (Del Pike) listens as Jesus (Nelson Hayden) explains to Joe of Sheridan (Josh Bishop) that the church is full of sinners, and He has come to earth to pay the ultimate price for each one. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Stanton church presents original Easter drama ‘Born Again’

The ordinary caterpillar toils daily, but it is not until he goes through a transformation that he becomes free to soar. Stanton’s Trinity Church uses that same concept in its original musical Easter drama “Born Again.”

The church will feature “Born Again” at 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Easter Sunday.


CM board honors winter sports teams

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education honored the district’s winter athletes Monday. Athletes from girls basketball, boys basketball, wrestling and the bowling teams stood before the board and listened as their coaches bragged about the team and individual accomplishments.

After dunking himself under the water, Pastor Shane Prewitt makes the cold walk back to shore. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Shiloh Community Church pastor takes chilly dip for Kids in Action challenge

Long Lake is a pristine, quiet lake in Orleans Township, often a place chosen in the summer time by boaters, skiers, fishermen and swimmers as a great place to enjoy the water. And on Saturday, with temperatures hovering around 25 degrees, and an 8 mph winds coming from the northwest, churning up some whitecap waves, there was one lone person going in the water — by choice.


CM school board discusses sex ed curriculum

The seven members of the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education heard a presentation Monday on the district’s Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) and a possible addition to the Sex and Reproductive Health Curriculum. Amanda McLaughlin, Multi Tiered Systems of Support coordinator, gave the school board an update on PBIS, now in its second year of a three-year project.


Central Montcalm Public School sets plans for building project

A dozen people, mostly those in the dual roles of staff member/parents, were in attendance Wednesday evening to see a final school improvement plans for Central Montcalm Public School’s upcoming construction/renovation project.

With the main points of focus being traffic flow, student learning, safety and security, architects and designers from Tower Pinkster and Granger Construction have had numerous meetings with the administration, staff and community and were ready to present the final design plan and timeline of construction.

Stanton Lions Club President Larry Beardslee thanks members of every police agency in Montcalm County on Wednesday at the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office after presenting each department with monetary donations from every Lions Club in the county. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local organizations give back to law enforcement (PHOTOS)

Local law enforcement agencies celebrated Christmas early when a local man decided he needed to do something to counteract a decreasing public opinion of the profession. Sheridan’s Larry Beardslee was not liking the negative publicity he was seeing about law enforcement officers. Instead of feeling annoyed by it, he opted to do something about it. This week, with the assistance of the nine Montcalm County-area Lions Clubs, local law enforcement agencies each received generous donations.


Central Montcalm approves first phase of school bond project

Central Montcalm Public School is one step closer to the final design for the first phase of a district bond project.

In a 6-0 vote Monday, with Trustee Brandy Ryan absent, the Board of Education approved a four-phase bidding schedule with initial steps beginning as soon as February.

Nathaniel Nisonger and some of the Vestaburg Great Start Readiness Program students pose with the new musical playground structure Nisonger donated to the group’s playground. — Courtesy photo

Vestaburg High School senior builds a musical playground

Nathaniel Nisonger is a senior at Vestaburg High School, yet he still spends a lot of time at the Vestaburg Great Start Readiness Program Preschool. There are sentimental ties. The current teacher was once his first grade teacher, and his younger brother was in the program last year.

Valerie Sanborn works on deducting extras from her income to see if she has enough money to splurge on travel or entertainment alongside Montcalm County Tom Lindeman who was one of many volunteers who manned stations to help eighth grade students at the Greenville Middle School Reality Store. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Greenville Middle School eighth-graders learn about the cost of living

For most adults, paying bills, buying groceries and being surprised by an unexpected medical need are part of life. For Greenville Middle School eighth-graders, this part of life became a reality as the students participated in a Reality Store.


Teacher leaves of absence a hot topic at CM board meeting

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved five of six items on its consent agenda and went into executive session for a student discipline hearing at Monday’s regular meeting.