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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.

Missing Edmore man found dead

Posted in: Edmore, News Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Nearly three weeks after Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a missing Edmore resident, the 27-year-old man was found deceased in Edmore woods.

Eric Hodge was reported missing by his roommate, who had not seen him since Jan. 26. Hodge had family out of state, but they had not heard from him either.

Montabella school board reviews new sex education curriculum

Posted in: E.Slider, Local Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

EDMORE— Montabella Junior/Senior High School is following suit with neighboring school districts by introducing a sex education curriculum aimed at special education students. In January, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) was awarded a Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Grant for schools within Montcalm County. “Montcalm (Area) ISD asked schools if they were interested in [...]

IN BRIEF: Montabella school board talks state budget, laws

Posted in: Edmore, News Monday, February 20th, 2017

Montabella Community Schools Superintendent Shelly Millis brought up some potential good and bad news coming from Lansing in the future during Monday night’s school board meeting.

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.

With a young team in need of a leader, Montabella sophomore steps up

Posted in: High School Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

On a team dominated by underclassmen with only two seniors with limited experience, someone had to step up to be the leader for this year’s Montabella Mustangs boys basketball team. And stepping up is what sophomore Connor Riley has been doing since moving up to the varsity level last year as a freshman.

21 local wrestlers move to individual state finals at The Palace March 2-4

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

A total of 21 local wrestlers are going to The Palace of Auburn Hills to try to win a title. All 21 finished fourth or better at their individual tournaments across the state and will move on to wrestle at The Palace for the final time March 2 to March 4.

30-plus local wrestlers qualify at weekend individual districts

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School Monday, February 13th, 2017

As the dust settles from Saturday’s state individual district tournaments, as many as 33 wrestlers qualified for the next round, the regionals, which will be next Saturday. The Carson City-Crystal Eagles, wrestling out of the 27-4 Hesperia district, saw 10 wrestlers qualify, which is the most among the area schools, followed by Greenville, which had eight qualify. Belding had six qualify while Tri County and Montabella each had four wrestlers who finished fourth or better to qualify for regionals. Central Montcalm finished with two qualifiers and Lakeview with one.

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  • IN BRIEF: Montcalm County hears report from new auditor

    Monday, February 13th, 2017
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    The Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee heard some hopeful news today from the county’s new auditor.

    Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updated commissioners on the ongoing county audit.

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  • Montabella encourages peer interaction through LINKS

    Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
    Posted in: E.Slider, Local, News Top Story

    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.

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  • Montcalm County millage proposal inches forward

    Monday, February 6th, 2017
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    Supporters of a Montcalm County millage to fund local services have been receiving unpleasant but understandable feedback when presenting the proposal to residents.

    “The initial reaction I get is, ‘Hell no,’” said Jed Welder, a Montcalm Conservation District board member and Greenville farmer. “The atmosphere with the county is so poisoned right now. But after you break through that there’s a little more willingness.”

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  • Vestaburg Community Schools fundraising for security device

    Saturday, February 4th, 2017
    Posted in: E.Slider, Local, News Top Story

    Rob Couturier has lived a father’s worst nightmare. His daughter, Brenann, was attacked by an intruder at her high school when she was 17 years old.

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