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OUR VIEW: Montcalm Community College is a model for tough times

There’s no secret much has been given to Montcalm Community College (MCC) — and by extension its administration, faculty and staff — over the past several years.
Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm was a strong believer in the role of community colleges and was reluctant to cut their budgets commensurate with other state-funded agencies and programs during her tenure. MCC and its peers around the state survived eight years of steady state budget cuts for eight years largely intact, aside from a cut in Renaissance Zone reimbursements a few years ago that cost MCC $300,000.

Barnes True Value Hardware in Carson City is a local example of entrepreneurship in Montcalm County. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Community College expert discusses entrepreneurship

Greenville and the greater Montcalm County area have a rich history with entrepreneurship. Local luminaries such as Fred Meijer, Stanley Ash, Ray Tower, the Cook family and the Gibson family all started as entrepreneurs and grew their businesses into multi-million dollar or multi-billion dollar a year enterprises.

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Central Montcalm confiscates 550 laptops after security tampering

A Central Montcalm High School student is in hot water for bypassing the district’s security measures on laptop computers issued to all high schoolers and middle schoolers. A 15-year-old freshman boy is suspended and the subject of a criminal investigation for his alleged role in removing the security software on the student laptops.

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Storm chaser bringing unique vehicle to Greenville

When Reed Timmer drives straight toward a tornado, he is after the thrill of the chase and the science of weather.
The vehicle he drives isn’t your average street car. It’s a custom-built armored car, dubbed Dominator 2, armed with the latest weather sensing gadgets.

Mute swans swim in Indian Lake near Howard City in 2009. The U.S. Department of Agriculture removed 53 of them from Lincoln Lake at the request of the lake property owners association. — File photo

Swan cull makes way for native species at Lincoln Lake

Kay Akkerhuis enjoyed seeing dozens of swans when she looked out her window across the street from the south end of Lincoln Lake. She won’t be able to see nearly as many swans after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services Division killed 53 of the 55 mute swans that made the lake their home.

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United Solar parent company to skip loan payment

The parent company of United Solar Ovonic has announced that it will skip a loan payment while negotiations with lenders continue.
Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (ECD) was supposed to pay interest charges on Thursday but will defer, taking advantage of a 30-day grace period allowed in the loan.

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OUR VIEW: Local police can’t perform miracles

Montcalm County has seen its share of crime — violent and petty — this year. All summer, reports of break-ins came pouring in. Some occurred while people were inside sleeping.
November was one of the most violent for Greenville in recent memory. Huntington Bank downtown was robbed at gunpoint on Nov. 9, a Grand Rapids man got shot at the Flat River Inn & Suites on Nov. 12 and a robber made off with a handful of stolen merchandise from Huch’s Fine Jewelry on Nov. 29.

The Mice Army, which includes Grace Verdun of Dynamic Dance Studio in Belding, challenges Clara for the Nutcracker during rehearsal for the West Michigan Youth Ballet's performance of "The Nutcracker." Courtesy Photo

Belding dancers part of ‘Nutcracker’ production

The West Michigan Youth Ballet is celebrating its fifth season with the complete ballet production of “The Nutcracker.”

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Gun fired after domestic dispute in Douglass Township

A man fired a gun after a domestic disturbance in Pine Township on Wednesday.
Montcalm County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Waber said a boyfriend and girlfriend were arguing around 10:40 a.m. in a mobile home at 5414 W. Briggs Road when a gun discharged.

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Fred Meijer Heartland Trail seeking ruling against farmers

The Friends of the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail group is asking a judge to rule in its favor on two important issues in an ownership lawsuit.