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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.

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Police searching for Edmore bank robber

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

Carolyn Tubbs, left, and Mary Vusich attended Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting in Stanton to voice concern about their neighbor’s property in Richland Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Richland Township neighbors ask county officials to demolish condemned farm

Donald Beach’s neighbors have had enough. Carolyn Tubbs and Mary Vusich appeared at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to see if there is anything the county government can do to help them.

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.

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ANTI-BULLYING: New collaboration to establish positive culture at school

High school today is not what it was yesterday. As a public institution of higher learning, with teenagers shuffling from class to class on an hourly basis, the culture and world inside the doors of what many refer to as the “best four years of your life,” is an ever-changing whirlwind of new experiences found each and every day. But that culture, filled with children who are learning to become adults, is not always a favorable one, and students, faculty and administration at high schools throughout Montcalm County are ready to make a change.

Linda Gardner, 63, of Edmore died today after suffering from injuries in an early morning accident.

Edmore woman dies in early morning accident

An Edmore woman died after suffering from injuries in an early morning accident. Linda Gardner, 53, was fatally injured when her vehicle ran off the roadway on Main Street near Neff Street at about 6 a.m. Friday.

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Roofing, drainage, elevation almost complete at future outdoor market

Slow and steady. That’s how Edmore village officials have been approaching a longterm project to transform a historic former factory into a year-round market and tourism destination.

Many are confused about specific elements of the Montabella Community School’s new grading policy. A crowd of nearly 50 people viewed a PowerPoint presentation and addressed concerns to school administration. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Montabella hosts meetings to discuss new grading policy

Nearly 50 concerned parents of Montabella Community Schools students attended a public forum at the school Thursday to address concerns about the district’s newly implemented schoolwide standards-based grading policy. “I’m actually pleased to know parents have questions about the policy,” said Superintendent Shelly Millis in her opening statement. “That means they’re concerned about their kids and what’s going on at school.”

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Endeavor Youth & Community Development Center moving forward in Edmore

It’s been five months since the Endeavor Youth and Community Development Center in Edmore had its grand opening after signing a one-year lease April 1 with Montabella Community Schools. The one-year lease on the gymnasium housed in Montabella’s Central Office facility is a probationary venture.

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Montabella Community Schools update grading policy

Grading for Learning, a new grading policy using standards-based grading, was implemented at Montabella Community Schools this year. According to Junior/Senior High Principal Shane Riley, many schools across the state and country are looking at standards-based grading to better prepare students for state and national tests and, ultimately, their futures. Grading for Learning has three areas of learning: practice, formative assessment and summative assessment. Each teacher determines appropriate assignment classification, including which ones will be graded.