Ryan Schlehuber “Scoop”

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JUST IN: MAISD officially accepts superintendent’s resignation

Among the announcements of resignations and retirements at Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s (MAISD) regular board meeting this morning was the official resignation of outgoing superintendent, Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht.

The board approved his resignation, which is effective June 30. Koenigsknecht has accepted a position with the Ingham County ISD.

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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley addresses the Class of 2015 at Montcalm Community College’s 48th annual commencement at Central Montcalm High School Friday. Calley, of Ionia, attended MCC in 1994 and 1995. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

360 graduates celebrate ‘end of journey’ at MCC graduation

For many students at Montcalm Community College, an education isn’t just taking classes. It’s hours of free time spent studying, eating meals on the go, sleeping in a car between classes and relying on others to help with family to get through the day. No one knows that better than Rachel Gilbert, a mother of three from Trufant who wanted more for her life than a minimum wage job. On Friday, she, along with 360-plus other graduates, celebrated the end of a long journey during Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) 48th annual commencement ceremony at Central Montcalm High School.

Montcalm Community College is looking into establishing a differential tuition rate for some of its programs, such as nursing, which includes clinicals and laboratory studies along with its lecture studies. — Courtesy photo

MCC board seeks to keep up in review of tuition, fee increases

In the past six to seven weeks, a small team of Montcalm Community College (MCC) representatives have been working on a budget wish list of perceived needs generated from the rest of the faculty.

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JUST IN: Emergency responders called to 57 Brew Pub & Bistro for possible fire

Emergency responders have been called to 57 Brew Pub & Bistro in Greenville for a structure fire.

When Jodie Faber was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, she was forced to make a lifestyle change to eat healthier and exercise more. Today, she is 25 pounds lighter and has incorporated a daily eating and exercise regiment. She prepares fresh fruits and vegetables as well as slow-cooked shredded chicken and separates them into small freezer bags to have at the ready when it comes time for a meal or to curb a craving. Greek yogurt mixed with granola and fruit is a staple for her breakfast. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Those with diabetes warn those without to make lifestyle changes now

“Congratulations, you have diabetes.”

For Jodie Faber, those were the unfortunate words she heard from her doctor during a routine check-up.

As bad and shocking as the news was to hear, Faber knew that it was inevitably that type of shock treatment she needed to face to force herself to change her lifestyle.

New Edmore Village President Karl Kluwe opened Monday’s regular meeting by congratulating the new members to council and welcoming James Lower to his first official meeting as the new village manager. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

5, including 4 new members, sworn into Edmore Village Council

Four new members and one returning member were sworn into office at Monday evening’s Edmore Village Council meeting. New members who won a seat on council in the Nov. 4 election were Karl Kluwe, who is the new president, and Jamie Ballard, Bonnie Davis and Phil Kohn, along with incumbent Karen Deja.

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Ionia County Central Dispatch 911 surcharge increase passes

The efforts of Ionia County Central Dispatch to add $200,000 to its annual budget to help upgrade equipment for its radio, phone and computer systems has paid off.

The proposal to increase the 911 monthly surcharge by 40 cents per month, from $1.90 to $2.30 per month, was passed by a vote of 10,134 (58.2 percent) to 7,273 (41.8 percent) in Tuesday’s election.

Community engagement, like what local health facilities are doing, is key to successfully controlling outbreaks like the Ebola virus. Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of interventions, namely case management, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, safe burials and social mobilization. — Courtesy photo

Ebola is minor threat locally, but health officials are ready

An infectious disease outbreak like Ebola usually has three things working in its favor: A lack of remedies, a lack of precautions and an unchecked system to where those infected travel beyond ground zero.

Fortunately, if ever an infectious disease were to threaten the mid-Michigan area, health officials say they are more than ready.

As his fiancée, Megan Wheaton, looks on, Cpl. Robert “Bobby” Thrailkill Jr. of the U.S. Marines speaks to a crowd of Belding residents, donators, military veterans and family members at a groundbreaking ceremony in Belding on Saturday. Thrailkill and his family will receive a new home that is being specially built to meet Thrailkill’s needs, such as wider doorways, a roll-in shower and drop-down cabinets. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Marine injured in Afghanistan to receive special home in Belding

The daily routine of life hasn’t been the same for Cpl. Robert “Bobby” Thrailkill of the U.S. Marines since he lost his legs in an improvised explosive device blast in Afghanistan four years ago. Living in an apartment in Caledonia, Thrailkill, 23, has not only had to get used to his prosthetic legs and the different mobility challenges they present, he also has had to deal with the everyday challenges of just getting on with his day, be it showering, reaching for things in a cabinet or just moving about within his apartment. Life, Thrailkill said, was difficult just doing the simple things.

As fellow Coalition of Greater Greenville member Karen Carbonelli, at left, looks on, Montcalm Community College President Bob Ferrentino, middle, stressed to the board at its meeting Thursday the importance of knowing the facts of each item on this year’s state general election ballot, specifically the college’s $2.5 million millage levy renewal, which will benefit more than 60 programs at the college.

Election leads mix of topics at Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting

With no agenda and no scheduled speaker, members of the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) had a roundtable discussion of random topics at Thursday’s meeting at the Greenville Public Schools Central Services Building.