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Pastor Andy Croel stands at his podium in the sanctuary of Carson City United Methodist Church. Croel and his family are headed to St. Johns for new ministering duties after spending the past six years in Carson City. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Carson City UMC’s Pastor Andy headed to St. Johns church

This Sunday will be Pastor Andy Croel’s last Sunday at Carson City United Methodist Church.

Croel, 39, and his family are headed to St. Johns, where Croel has been appointed as pastor of Pilgrim United Methodist Church.

Beagles run, jump and climb in excitement at Rick Snow’s kennels in Greenville. Snow says his kennels offer plenty of space and houses for each dog and he is concerned about Montcalm County kennel ordinance updates, which would require him to build a building to house his dogs. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Dog owners say Montcalm County kennel ordinance could do more harm than good

Montcalm County’s kennel ordinance was updated last year with the goal of enacting stricter, more specific requirements. However, a number of dog owners think county officials are barking up the wrong tree.

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Commissioners continue to grapple over economic development plans

The city of Greenville is moving forward with hiring an economic development service. The question is whether the rest of Montcalm County will follow.

Firefighter Chad Parmenter helps 4-year-old Greenville resident Kaiden Huffman spray water at a safety cone Saturday morning at Carson City High School during the 42 annual Frontier Days festival.

Carson City comes alive for 42nd annual Frontier Days (PHOTOS)

From sunrise to sunset, the image of this year’s Frontier Days festival will likely last a lifetime for the hundreds of visitors who experienced the charm of the small-town festival. With a sky frequently dotted by the colorful array of hot air balloons overhead, combined with crowded streets of children playing together while their parents browsed through various vendor booths, the city truly came alive, kicking off the summer season in grand fashion with the hosting of the 42nd annual Carson City festival.

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42nd annual Frontier Days festivities underway in Carson City (Photo Gallery)

The 42nd annual Frontier Days festival is underway this weekend in Carson City.

The 2014 graduating class of the West Michigan Virtual School consisted of 46 students from area school districts who received their high school diplomas. — Daily News/Cory Smith

46 students graduate from West Michigan Virtual School

The West Michigan Virtual School continues to grow in its second year, which was made evident Wednesday evening by the successes of 46 students who earned their high school diplomas through the educational institution. The virtual school, which began its local roots in Greenville in September 2012, launched with 17 students, 10 of them graduating last year.

Hot air balloons are pictured from a previous Frontier Days festival in Carson City.

42nd annual Frontier Days returns to Carson City this weekend

The 42nd annual Frontier Days will return to town this weekend in downtown Carson City.

Here’s a schedule of events.

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Ionia-Montcalm 4-H coordinator moving on

Rebecca McCafferty may be resigning as 4-H coordinator for Ionia and Montcalm counties, but she is going to continue her career with 4-H … albeit in the deep south.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic discusses how to fund economic development in Montcalm County at community forum Monday night at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

PA 88 discussed again as economic development solution

Local officials are still trying to figure out how to make Montcalm County “the right place” for progressive marketing. An economic development discussion took place Monday evening at Montcalm Community College, hosted by MCC President Bob Ferrentino and Vice President of Academic Affairs Rob Spohr. About three dozen local business and government officials attended the gathering to talk about the growth and advancement of commerce in Montcalm County.

Central Montcalm High School graduate Robert Wilson, right, shares a hug while giving the “peace” sign with his teacher, Brenda Buc, left, Friday at the Seiter Education Center graduation ceremony. — Daily News/Cory Smith

7 students earn high school diplomas from Seiter Education Center

After many years of hard work and unmatched determination, seven students are walking away from the Seiter Education Center ready to embark on the next phases of their lives.

Coming together from three high schools, the special education students earned their high school diplomas in front of friends, family, teachers and fellow students Friday afternoon.