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YES program provides positive reinforcement from Edmore police

This village’s chief of police doesn’t like labels and never gives up on anyone’s ability to learn from mistakes and move forward in a positive direction. Luke Sawyer’s nonjudgmental way of thinking and desire to reward local kids for doing good things laid the groundwork for a new incentive program, Youth of Edmore Shine (YES). The program is backed by Burger King and McDonald’s in Edmore in the form of free food rewards.

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UPDATE: 2 barns destroyed by fire amid lightning storm

Firefighters from multiple departments responded to two early morning barn fires in Montcalm County today.

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin is pictured in his office at the Curtis Community Building in Edmore. — File photo

New Edmore village manager excited to be on the job

Today Neil Rankin has one week under his belt as this village’s new manager. Rankin, 37, officially took on village manager duties last Tuesday after the Edmore Village Council unanimously voted to hire him earlier this month. He will earn an annual salary of $45,000 to work 32 hours per week.

A wooden pirate ship in Curtis Memorial Park is causing problems for the village of Edmore. Village officials recently decided to seal off the entrances to the ship. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore pirate ship causing park problems

A pirate ship in a village park is becoming known for legends as colorful as Davy Jones’ locker. Edmore Police Chief Luke Sawyer made an attempt to parley with the Edmore Village Council last month. He proposed removing the pirate ship, which is one of several wooden play structures at Curtis Memorial Park.

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Edmore Village Council offers manager job to Midland man

The village of Edmore has a new manager, pending contract approval. The Edmore Village Council voted 7-0 on Monday night to hire Neil Rankin, 37, of Midland. Rankin is currently a substitute teacher for Professional Services Group in Midland. He earned his master’s degree in public administration with a focus on local government from Western Michigan University last year. He previously earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation from WMU in 2000.

Bonnie Davis addresses the Edmore Village Council about a $238,000 loan Tony Maxfield allegedly owes the village. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore Village Council silent on Maxfield’s $238,000 loan

One month ago, the Edmore Village Council agreed to give a local businessman until the next council meeting to find a solution to pay the $238,000 he allegedly owes the village. The next council meeting came and went Monday night, but the council took no action. The matter was not even discussed.

Graduating seniors line up before entering the Vestaburg High School commencement ceremony on Sunday. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Time for a new path for 51 Vestaburg High School graduates

Seniors from Vestaburg High School took the next step on Sunday toward a new path in their lives. For the last four years, each of the 51 graduating seniors have been preparing for this moment in their lives. “It is a new journey for me,” said 17-year-old Tiffany Fishburn. “I have been here my whole life and now it is a new path for me.”

Bittersweet and exciting — receiving a high school diploma is a rite of passage. For 37 Montabella High School graduates, this milestone was a transition from high school to a future as an adult. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Montabella High School graduates 37 from the class of 2013

Bittersweet and exciting — receiving a high school diploma is a rite of passage. For 37 Montabella High School graduates, this milestone is merely a transition from high school to a future as an adult. Principal Shane Riley shared details of how things have changed since he was in high school. Stereotypes — preps, jocks, goths, geeks, artists, teacher’s pets or band kids — are left behind.

Jordan Chesney has traveled a long and difficult road through his youth and school. He is looking forward to graduating from Vestaburg High School on Sunday afternoon. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Vestaburg graduate has overcome many challenges

Jordan Chesney was just a boy in kindergarten when he began having persistent headaches. Doctors thought he was being bothered by allergies, but Jordan’s mother Christy suspected something more sinister was causing her son extreme pain to the point of nausea. She pressed the doctor to find the source of the problem. Finally, an answer was found.

Fraternal twins Noah Tarrant, left, and Jacob Tarrant will graduate from Montabella High School and celebrate their 18th birthday this Sunday. —  Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montabella twins finishing end of journey together

This Sunday will be a day to remember for the Tarrant twins. Jacob and Noah are set to graduate from Montabella High School, as well as celebrate their 18th birthday. They will also have their graduation open house this weekend, as well as a going away party before they head off to college this fall.