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BACK TO SCHOOL: What’s new at local districts this year

Staff and students have a lot to be excited about as the 2014-2015 school year gets underway Tuesday.

The rewards of voter-approved bond proposals in Belding, Carson City-Crystal and Lakeview are visible for all to see. A new superintendent is testing the waters at Central Montcalm while incoming freshman are making a “graduation pledge” at Greenville. A math instructor is being added to Montabella’s team, while science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes are being offered in the Tri County and Vestaburg districts.

Turnout was strong for Sunday’s auto and bike show at the Edmore Potato Festival.  — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Edmore Potato Festival fields a busy schedule

The humble potato received the recognition it deserves this weekend. The Edmore Potato Festival featured dozens of small-town activities, musical performances, parades and other events.

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Vestaburg man faces slew of charges after two incidents with ex-girlfriend

A 39-year-old Vestaburg man is behind bars and faces multiple charges after two alleged violent attacks on his ex-girlfriend.

Triston McAllister-Harris, 17, of Mount Pleasant, and Trucker Shattuck, 19, of Six Lakes, were both killed in a car crash early Monday morning. The two young men were cousins. The driver, William Amble, 19, of Six Lakes, was injured in the crash. — Courtesy photo

‘They were always together’: Montabella area remembers cousins killed in car crash

The Montabella community is mourning the loss of two young men and the injuries of a third after a fiery car accident in the early morning hours of Monday.

William Amble, 19, of Six Lakes, Triston McAllister-Harris, 17, of Mount Pleasant, and Trucker Shattuck, 19, of Six Lakes, were all in a 1999 Plymouth Breeze going south on Musson Road near Deaner Road around 1 a.m. when the vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree.

Edmore Village President Chet Guild, center, talks about whether to hire a new village manager at Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Explanation sought in Edmore village manager situation, but still not given

Again the four councilmen were asked, and again they deigned to answer why they voted not extend this village manager’s contract.

The question was asked at tonight’s Edmore Village Council meeting, which more than 30 people attended.

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UPDATE: Teenagers ID’d after fiery fatal crash

The victims of a fiery car crash early this morning have been identified.

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Montcalm County 4-H’ers want full-time coordinator

Supporters of Montcalm County’s 4-H program are hoping the currently vacant 4-H coordinator position will be improved to a full-time job. Local 4-H advocates appeared at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to ask the board to consider improving the part-time position to a full-time position for the upcoming fiscal year.

This two-story house and property at 918 Richardston St. in Lakeview will be up for auction Monday at a minimum bid of $5,000. — Courtesy photo

Ionia and Montcalm county land auction set for Monday

Properties will be sold for just a fraction of their value at the annual Ionia and Montcalm county minimum bid land auction Monday.

Police officers aren’t the only ones who love doughnuts. Edmore Youth Academy participants included, front row from left, Matthew Gehoski of Sheridan, Lane Lingeman of Sheridan, Ben Rogers of Edmore, Dawson Wheeler of Edmore; back row from left, Edmore Police Officer Sarah Chamberlain, Christopher Rogers of Edmore, Aiden Adkins of Carson City, Rylee Warchuck of Six Lakes, Jazmyn Warchuck of Ruth, Bryce Withey of Edmore, Rachel Peterson of Edmore, Laura Boerma of Edmore, Christina Rogers of Edmore and Edmore Police Chief Luke Sawyer. — Courtesy photo

Edmore Police Department’s first Youth Academy a success

This village’s police department is taking community policing to a whole new level. The first ever Edmore Youth Academy wrapped up Wednesday. Thirteen youths from ages 8 to 14 participated in the first session in mid-July while 10 youths participated in the second session, which ended Wednesday. The youths hailed from Blanchard, Carson City, Cedar Lake, Edmore, Howard City, Sheridan, Six Lakes and Stanton.

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin, left, looks on while Edmore Village President Chet Guild runs a recent meeting. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Edmore village manager stepping down amid dispute

This village’s manager is bowing out amid an employment dispute. Neil Rankin received a letter on Monday from the law firm of Mika, Myers, Beckett & Jones in Grand Rapids stating the village council’s 4-2 vote on June 30 to not extend Rankin’s contract means Rankin is no longer employed as village manager.