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From left, Montabella High School graduating seniors Timothy Jordan, Zachary Taubitz, Zachary Lahay, Peter Taylor and Tristan Viglianco, turn their tassels from right to left Sunday, signifying their graduation from the high school. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montabella graduating class of 35 hauled in $233,112 in scholarships

On Sunday evening, the smallest graduating class in the history of Montabella High School departed school for the final time with diplomas firmly in hand. Though the class may be small in number at 35 graduates, there was no questioning the large size of every heart and mind that was cloaked in a cap and gown of navy blue or white.

Vestaburg High School graduated 58 seniors at this year’s commencement, held Sunday afternoon at the high school. Pictured are Vestaburg graduates awaiting the beginning of the ceremony. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Vestaburg graduates consider ‘the places they will go’

This year’s valedictorian at Vestaburg High School, Jacob Young, relied heavily on a doctor’s advice during his address to the graduating class of 2015 on Sunday afternoon — Dr. Seuss. That advice, from the children’s book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” — though originally intended for youngsters — applies admirably to graduates moving on to college or careers.

Pointing to the date of her graduation ceremony, Montabella High School senior Madelyn Karcher is excited to move on to college life at Central Michigan University. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montabella High School senior is a proactive student leader

Montabella High School senior Madelyn Karcher personifies the words “proactive” and “leadership.” For starters, this year as a senior, she tackled six dual enrollment classes at Mid Michigan Community College and she took an online English course. She will not be stopping there.

Construction has already begun at 311 Charlotte St. in Edmore, however, the denial of a variance request by the Zoning Board of Appeals for property owner Lawrence Kauffman means he must keep within the village’s ordinances in building a pole barn on the property. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore Village Council denies property owner’s pole barn request

A property owner’s variance request that would have allowed a pole barn to be built closer to the edge of his property has been voted down after residents expressed their concerns. At the May 11 Edmore Village Council meeting, the council, which also serves as the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), entered into a public hearing to discuss a variance request from Lawrence Kauffman for his vacant property at 311 Charlotte St., where he is building a new home.

The former Hitachi water tower, located at 7800 N. Heff Road in the village’s Sunrise Industrial Park, is currently not in use but will continue to stand empty as Edmore Village Council members await less expensive bids for possible demolition. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore holds off on water tower demolition

After spending a half million dollars to restore and paint Edmore’s water tower in April, the Village Council turned its focus this month to another water tower. During Monday evening’s meeting, council members briefly entertained the idea of dismantling the former Hitachi water tower at 7800 N. Heff Road in the village’s Sunrise Industrial Park.

Edmore Village Manager James Lower, left, listens as Village President Karl Kluwe expresses his thoughts on raising the community’s water rate during Monday’s Edmore Village Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore water rate to increase by 7.2%

Residents of Edmore are about to see a rise in their monthly water bill, but it’s a step deemed necessary by Village Council members to prepare for future expenditures. At Monday’s Edmore Village Council meeting, council members voted unanimously to approve a raise in percentage at 7.2 percent for the township’s water rate, beginning with the June 2015 billing cycle.

Visible rust spots and faded paint have led to members of the Edmore Village Council to vote on a new paint job for the village’s water tower, which will occur this summer. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore water tower to get new paint job

With fading discolored blotches and growing areas of visible rust, the Edmore’s water tower will finally receive a new paint job this summer. After a year of weighing its options, members of the Edmore Village Council voted to approve a fresh paint job of the village’s water tower during Monday evening’s village council meeting.

A flock of turkeys comb through a cornfield in southwestern Montcalm County. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Hunters get ready to bag a bird during spring turkey season

Up until now, the only turkeys in Montcalm County that have been knocked down have been those on the bowling lane. However, that is about to change. Starting next Monday, hunters will be out in the woods trying to bag the wily wild turkey. Spring turkey season opens up at 6:20 a.m. on April 20 and hunters are getting excited to get out in the field.

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Crooks Potato Farms rebuilding after devastating New Year’s Eve fire

The Crooks families may have ended last year on a tragic note, but they are moving forward full of hope and ambition.

A New Year’s Eve fire destroyed six storage buildings and the contents within at one of Montcalm County’s largest potato farms on the last day of last year. Sixteen fire departments responded to the blaze at 5450 N. Musson Road. Smoke could be seen miles away from the farm, which is located about seven miles southwest of Edmore and nine miles northwest of Stanton.

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

Edmore Police Department may merge with Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office

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.