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After grabbing their lunch boxes and lunch trays, six Montabella Elementary School kindergarten and first-grade students headed down the hall to the library to eat their lunch together. The lunch group is part of Montabella Community School’s LINKS Program, which is a peer-to-peer program to support students with autism. Montabella currently has LINKS programs in kindergarten through ninth grade.

Sanctuary cities issue on deck for Rep. Lower

Posted in: E.Slider, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

One of the more hot-button issues in Lansing this year has become the status of “sanctuary cities” in Michigan, and Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, finds himself at the center of the issue.

Anti-drug symposium addresses reality of opioid addiction

Posted in: G.Slider, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

On a road to restoration for nearly six years, recovering addict Justin Yost is one of the strongest voices of the community in the fight against drug use.

Having spoken at five different schools, reaching out to almost 1,000 students, Yost, 33, of Greenville, uses every opportunity to tell his story geared toward prevention.

Montabella Elementary School to work with Reading Now Network

Posted in: E.Slider, Local Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

It’s been almost a full school year since Montabella Elementary School introduced the Journey Reading Series, and it has been well-received overall. The new curriculum was adopted with hopes of improving literacy in the elementary school and thus increasing test scores.

Montabella’s Kensi Garvey displays her first-place medal at the Division 4 state track championships at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids on Saturday. - Courtesy photo

Montabella senior Kensi Garvey finally got what she had long hoped for. Garvey finished first at the Division 4 state track finals at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids on Saturday in the 800-meter run, making her a state champion and an all-state runner for the third time. Garvey ran two laps in 2:21.58, beating Colette Lark of Adrian Lenawee Christian by almost a second.

Montabella’s second-year junior high equestrian team wins championship

Posted in: High School Thursday, May 25th, 2017

In only its second year, the Montabella junior high equestrian team captured a team championship at the Isabella County Fairgrounds in Mount Pleasant.

Montabella’s Ferman signs to run at Siena Heights

Posted in: Edmore, High School, Sports Friday, May 19th, 2017

BLANCHARD — Another Montabella girls track runner has signed a letter of intent to run at the college level. Anna Ferman signed a letter of intent to run at Siena Heights University. “I wanted to go there because it was a smaller school,” Ferman said. “ I was originally going to go to a bigger [...]

Montabella’s Knapp to run track at Ottawa University

Posted in: Edmore, High School, Sports Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

BLANCHARD — One of Montabella’s girls track athletes will play the same sport in college. Brittany Knapp signed a letter of intent Monday to run for Ottawa University, a Christian college in Ottawa, Kansas. Knapp said she decided on Ottawa once she visited the campus. “They had a very nice facility and everyone was so [...]

  • Congressman Moolenaar talks failed ACA repeal effort, future of health care reform

    Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    Congressman John Moolenaar knew Thursday evening’s listening session was going to be a bumpy ride.

    As about 900 people were being seated in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium at Central Michigan University, Moolenaar steadied himself for the event in a dressing room in the basement of the nearly century-old theater.

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  • Congressman Moolenaar hosts raucous listening session at CMU

    Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
    Posted in: E.Slider, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    Not much listening took place during a Thursday night “listening session” hosted by Congressman John Moolenaar.

    Nearly 900 people packed Central Michigan University’s Warriner Hall to hear from the Republican representative for Michigan’s 4th District, which encompasses 15 counties.

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  • Montcalm County commissioners to set sheriff’s deputy contract rate

    Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday will consider a recommendation to set a lower rate for municipalities to contract with sheriff’s deputies than the sheriff would prefer.

    The county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on April 10 voted to recommend the full board approve setting all contract rates for deputies at $75,000 starting in 2019. Sheriff Mike Williams had asked commissioners to set the rate at $79,000.

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  • Montabella Mustangs Robotics team is looking for support

    Thursday, April 20th, 2017
    Posted in: E.Slider, Local

    Being involved in robotics has helped Kalvin Quackenbush with his grades and direction after high school graduation. “This program kind of led me where I wanted to go, which is electrical engineering or robotic engineering,” said Quackenbush, a Montabella High School junior and the head electrician of Mustangs Robotics.

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