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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.

Area 6 Special Olympics Michigan Summer Games Athlete of the Year John Lee of Greenville, right, receives support from Harley Killgore of Greenville Friday at Montabella Junior/Senior High School. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Special Olympians compete at Area 6 Summer Games at Montabella

Nearly 200 Special Olympians from Montcalm and Ionia counties didn’t let a little wet weather rain on their parade at Friday’s Area 6 Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) Summer Games at Montabella Junior/Senior High School. Activities were moved inside and modified — four square replaced the softball throw, shuffle board replaced bocce ball and plastic horseshoes replaced metal ones.

The Edmore Village Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a pay raise for Luke Sawyer, who will be replacing outgoing chief of police and village manager Karl Kluwe as police chief. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Edmore Village Council chooses new police chief

Outgoing Edmore village manager and chief of police Karl Kluwe has announced his choice for his replacement on the Edmore Police Department. When Kluwe retires at the end of April, Luke Sawyer — a two-year veteran of the department — will step into the chief’s shoes.

From left, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Russell, Montcalm County Building Department Director Scott Minard and Richland Township farmer Donald Beach attended Monday’s Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee meeting to discuss Beach’s condemned property. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Condemned farm issue drags on at county and township level

A condemned farm that has Richland Township neighbors up in arms is in the process of being referred from the county back to the township … again. The Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend the full board refer the issue back to township officials. The full board will vote on the recommendation at the next regular meeting on April 22.

A surveillance photo of the alleged robber.

Police searching for Edmore bank robber

A man who allegedly robbed the Chemical Bank in Edmore on Saturday morning remains on the loose

Karl Kluwe is retiring as Edmore’s village manager and police chief on May 3. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore police chief/village manager to retire in May

Karl Kluwe is giving himself a special birthday present this year. Kluwe will be retiring as Edmore’s police chief and village manager on May 3, the day he celebrates his 60th birthday.

The Montcalm County Animal Control building in Stanton will soon by painted by a local 4-H group and the name on the building will also be changed from “Shelter” to “Control.” — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Animal Control building to be painted by 4-H group

It’s Animal Control, not Animal Shelter. Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Sova Hollinshead appeared before the county’s Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee on Monday to request permission for the Animal Control building to be painted.

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State Rep. Rick Outman sworn in to House after re-election

State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, took the ceremonial oath of office Wednesday as a state representative in the Michigan House. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley administered the ceremonial oath in the Capitol in Lansing. Outman is serving his second term and represents the 70th House District, which includes all of Montcalm County and part of Gratiot County.