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The 55 graduates of Montabella High School celebrate their accomplishment Sunday by throwing their caps high into the air after receiving their high school diplomas. — Daily News/Cory Smith

After 13 years, from learning to tie their shoes in kindergarten to taking their final academic exams this past year, the 55 seniors of Montabella High School became the school’s 50th graduating class Sunday. Dressed in cap and gown in the class colors of navy blue and white, with the class flower, a white rose with blue tips, pinned to their 2016 stoles of the same colors, the seniors spent their final day as high school students together, reminiscing on past events while also looking forward to the future.

HOPEful new approach to probation, parole

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, S.Slider Monday, June 27th, 2016

A Hawaii judge came all the way to Montcalm County to meet with local judges who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of a successful approach to a probation program.

Judge Steven Alm, who has been a circuit court judge since 2001, created Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement program (or HOPE). He created the program after witnessing a high failure rate in Hawaii’s probation system; offenders who were up to 20 probation violations with no improvement, and the only options being used were talking to them or sending them to prison.

Household hazardous waste collection is Saturday

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Friday, June 24th, 2016

Montcalm County will be holding a household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Montcalm Area Career Center at 1550 W. Sidney Road, Sidney.

IN BRIEF: Montcalm County commissioners turn over budget cuts to new admin

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Monday, June 13th, 2016

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners have decided to turn over budget cut decisions to their new controller-administrator.

The board voted 6-3 on Monday to approve Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel’s recommendation that the board authorize him to “make necessary budget reductions” effective that same day on an ongoing basis.

Sports
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.

SPORTS GALORE: One last column, one last thank you

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School Friday, June 24th, 2016

I’ve been thinking for a few weeks on what and how to write my final column as sports editor of The Daily News. As I write this column, I’m still not exactly sure what to say, so I’m just going to type what comes to mind. After 15 1/2 years, today is my final day working for Stafford Publishing.

Montabella’s Kensi Garvey excited to be state champion

Posted in: High School, Sports Top Story Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

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.

ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, May 24

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Tri County splits: The Vikings played two games against Morley Stanwood on Tuesday, winning the first 5-4 and getting mercied in the second game 11-0 in five innings. The opener was won on a Jake Sickelsteel RBI double in the fourth inning. That gave Eric Hayden the win, as he went the first 4 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits and two walks around two strikeouts…

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  • Montabella’s Kensi Garvey excited to be state champion

    Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
    Posted in: High School, Sports Top Story

    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.

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  • Vestaburg grads encouraged to keep striving for better (PHOTOS)

    Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
    Posted in: Local

    The path to success in life never ends — this according to 1961 Vestaburg alumna Dianne Wilson, who spoke about the importance of never stopping an education to the 49 students at Vestaburg High School’s graduation Sunday. “Did you ever hear the saying that you are a part of a forever learning situation?” Wilson asked the class and a packed audience at the school’s gymnasium. “You don’t just go out in life and exist. You continue a lifetime of living and learning. You should never cease to search fulfilling the person you are meant to be.”

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  • 55 graduate from Montabella High School (PHOTOS)

    Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
    Posted in: E.Slider, Local, News Top Story

    After 13 years, from learning to tie their shoes in kindergarten to taking their final academic exams this past year, the 55 seniors of Montabella High School became the school’s 50th graduating class Sunday. Dressed in cap and gown in the class colors of navy blue and white, with the class flower, a white rose with blue tips, pinned to their 2016 stoles of the same colors, the seniors spent their final day as high school students together, reminiscing on past events while also looking forward to the future.

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  • 3 sets of twins graduating together in Montabella High School class of 2016

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
    Posted in: E.Slider, Local, News Top Story

    After a long and sometimes educationally turbulent four years at Montabella High School, senior Jalen Kilchermann, a funny, caring 17-year-old, appeared to be derailed from the tracks that led to graduating with her fellow classmates this upcoming Sunday. With just a few short months in her final year of high school, she held a failing 11 percent in her chemistry class, a grade that would hold her back from earning a high school diploma.

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