News
Edmore Police Chief Luke Sawyer may become a sheriff’s deputy if a proposal to merge the Edmore Police Department with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is approved by the Edmore Village Council and the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

One year ago, the Howard City Police Department merged with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office. Next month, another village police department may do the same.

MCC students collect blankets and goods for homeless people

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Looking around her hometown of Greenville, Amber Pelak feels like she recently opened her eyes to a major problem in her community: Homelessness.

“Sometimes you can be blind to what’s happening in your community,” she said. “Sometimes you can be immune to it.”

Montcalm County sends dog kennel ordinance back to committee

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, PH.Slider, Photos Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Montcalm County commissioners have decided they were barking up the wrong tree regarding proposed changes to a dog kennel ordinance.

After almost an hour of public comment Monday, the board voted 7-1 to send the proposed changes back to the county’s Finance & Personnel committee for further revision.

Emmons, Outman working to promote OK2SAY student safety hotline

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The best way to stop a violent act, be it suicide, bullying or the manifestation of a serious bomb threat, is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

That’s the message Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, was hoping to convey when her legislation to create the new OK2SAY confidential student safety hotline was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder in December 2013.

Sports
Montabella’s Hunter Myers, at left, tries to escape the hold of Lakeview’s Kevin Johnson during a meet earlier this year. - File photo

Montabella’s wrestling team had some question marks coming into the season about how they were going to do. The Mustangs ended up 12-11 in dual meets this season and finished fourth in a loaded Central Michigan Athletic Conference.

THE REVIEW: Another day at the office

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Friday, March 27th, 2015

When the Detroit Red Wings made the decision to produce a fresh face for their American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids, they appear to have landed the golden ticket in the form of head coach Jeff Blashill. Since Blashill’s arrival in West Michigan, the Griffins franchise has seemingly discovered a way to win and do it with consistency. This season being no exception.

Duflo named Class C All-State by BCAM

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School Friday, March 27th, 2015

Four area girls basketball players earned All-State honors by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan on Tuesday. Carson City-Crystal senior Mikayla Duflo was named Class C All-State, while Montabella junior Ashley Swarts earned Class C honorable mention.

Montabella matmen ‘learned a lot,’ says coach

Posted in: High School, Sports Top Story Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Montabella’s wrestling team had some question marks coming into the season about how they were going to do. The Mustangs ended up 12-11 in dual meets this season and finished fourth in a loaded Central Michigan Athletic Conference.

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  • ‘1 Thing Thursday’ project collects one item for RAVE

    Saturday, March 21st, 2015
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    When women and children in Ionia and Montcalm counties fleeing domestic or sexual violence don’t have a safe place to go, they turn to Relief After Violent Encounter — Ionia/Montcalm, Inc. (RAVE), which operates the only shelter for these victims in the two-county area.

    Now RAVE is turning to the community to help stock its pantry shelves.

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  • Breckenridge superintendent explains moving to MSAC

    Friday, March 20th, 2015
    Posted in: High School, High School

    It’s official. Breckenridge will be moving to the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) along with Merrill. Breckenridge’s Board of Education voted on Monday night to switch its affiliation from the Tri-Valley Conference (TVC) West Division to the MSAC starting with the 2016-17 school year.

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  • THE REVIEW: Death by bracket

    Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    It’s here. Call it fortune, call it mystique, but at the end of the day, it discovers a way to routinely set the stage where some of the finest moments in collegiate basketball are stamped in history.

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  • The first 10 weeks: Rep. John Moolenaar talks budget, nuclear arms

    Saturday, March 14th, 2015
    Posted in: G.Slider, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Photos

    Three committees, 30+ bills, 130+ votes … and the hope for a budget that balances in 10 years.

    Those are just a few numbers that represent John Moolenaar’s first 10 weeks in office as representative for Michigan’s 4th District, which covers multiple counties in the state’s northern and central region, including Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta and Montcalm counties.

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