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Edmore Police Department to host Youth Academy sessions

The Edmore Police Department is hosting a Youth Academy to give youngsters a firsthand experience of what police work is all about.

The first academy session will be July 14-16. A second session will be July 28-30. Both sessions will take place at the Edmore Police Department, located in the former Hitachi building. Class times are from 8 a.m. to noon.

The 2014 graduating class of the West Michigan Virtual School consisted of 46 students from area school districts who received their high school diplomas. — Daily News/Cory Smith

46 students graduate from West Michigan Virtual School

The West Michigan Virtual School continues to grow in its second year, which was made evident Wednesday evening by the successes of 46 students who earned their high school diplomas through the educational institution. The virtual school, which began its local roots in Greenville in September 2012, launched with 17 students, 10 of them graduating last year.

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Ionia-Montcalm 4-H coordinator moving on

Rebecca McCafferty may be resigning as 4-H coordinator for Ionia and Montcalm counties, but she is going to continue her career with 4-H … albeit in the deep south.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic discusses how to fund economic development in Montcalm County at community forum Monday night at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

PA 88 discussed again as economic development solution

Local officials are still trying to figure out how to make Montcalm County “the right place” for progressive marketing. An economic development discussion took place Monday evening at Montcalm Community College, hosted by MCC President Bob Ferrentino and Vice President of Academic Affairs Rob Spohr. About three dozen local business and government officials attended the gathering to talk about the growth and advancement of commerce in Montcalm County.

Vestaburg High School graduates share a laugh during Sunday afternoon’s commencement at Vestaburg’s gymnasium. The class of 2014 included 45 graduates. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella and Vestaburg send off 2014 graduates (Photo Gallery)

Montabella High School’s class of 2014 included 47 new graduates. Vestaburg High School’s class of 2014 included 45 graduates.

Central Montcalm High School graduate Robert Wilson, right, shares a hug while giving the “peace” sign with his teacher, Brenda Buc, left, Friday at the Seiter Education Center graduation ceremony. — Daily News/Cory Smith

7 students earn high school diplomas from Seiter Education Center

After many years of hard work and unmatched determination, seven students are walking away from the Seiter Education Center ready to embark on the next phases of their lives.

Coming together from three high schools, the special education students earned their high school diplomas in front of friends, family, teachers and fellow students Friday afternoon.

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Curtis Foundation donates $50,000-plus to Edmore park

The Edmore Village Council has changed its tune about unsafe playground equipment in the village park. At the April 14 village council meeting, Village Manager Neil Rankin provided a lengthy list of concerns, accompanied with photographs about safety issues at the Glenn D. Curtis Memorial Park, located at 307 E. Forrest St.

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Ryan Peterson lost his father Bill to a heart attack in March 2013. Living on a 1,200-acre farm, Ryan stepped up in a time of need and with the help of family and friends, the Petersons continued to run the farm as Bill Peterson would have. Ryan will be graduating from Montabella High School on Sunday. He plans on attending Michigan State University in the fall to pursue a agricultural industries degree before returning home, to hopefully, take on the Edmore farm full time. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Montabella High School grad fills his father’s shoes on the farm

Ryan Peterson lives on a gravel road bordering Isabella County and Montcalm County, the sort of road that kicks up buckets full of dust when he’s rumbling through in his pickup truck. The 17-year-old doesn’t mind getting dirty though.

Vestaburg High School senior Phillip Day poses in front of the entrance to Vestaburg High School. Day is cognitively impaired, but after a long journey he will be earning his high school diploma this coming Sunday. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Assisting sports teams gave Vestaburg senior sense of belonging

At just 5 pounds, 7 ounces, Phillip Day may have entered the world as a tiny baby boy, but the Vestaburg senior’s personality is anything but. Diagnosed at a very young age as cognitively impaired, Day struggled through many aspects of his childhood. Everyday activities that seemed routine to other kids were sometimes a challenge for him.

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One Book One County hits 10 year mark in Montcalm County

A good book entertains. A great book entertains and educates. A really, really great book also moves us and makes us consider larger issues, matters beyond our everyday purview.

The book revealed at Thursday’s One Book One County kick-off luncheon is among the latter, according to organizer Maureen Burns.