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Vestaburg picks interim superintendent

This district’s high school principal has been named interim superintendent for the coming school year. Jeff Beal resigned as superintendent last month, effective June 30, to take on superintendent duties at Jackson Public Schools.

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UPDATE: Adult foster care resident remains in critical condition after struck on M-46

A local foster care resident remains in critical condition after being struck by a pick-up truck Sunday afternoon near Vestaburg.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash, which occurred on Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) near Bollinger Road in Richland Township shortly before 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Dave Camp

Longtime Congressman Dave Camp will not be running for re-election

Today may be April Fool’s Day, but Dave Camp’s announcement yesterday was no joke.

The longtime congressman and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee will not be pursuing re-election this year. He has served 24 years for the 4th Congressional District, which encompasses the central and northwest section of Michigan.

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JUST IN: Vestaburg man struck while walking on M-46

A 61-year-old Vestaburg man is in critical condition after being struck by a pickup truck while the man was picking up cans along the roadway.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash, which occurred on Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) near Bollinger Road in Richland Township shortly before 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Teachers and aides at the Seiter Education Service Center take a moment during snack time to help feed several special education students on a recent afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County has wide variety of services for students with special needs

Assisting students to make progress in the general curriculum is the role of every school educator, including special education staff. In Montcalm County, the local school districts, as well as the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD), employ many staff who provide programs and services to children beginning at birth and ending at 26 years of age. Throughout Montcalm County schools, more than 1,700 students are receiving special education services.

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JUST IN: Home Township residence destroyed in fire, dog perishes

A two-story home was destroyed by fire Wednesday afternoon after firefighters from three departments battled the blaze for nearly six hours.
The Home Township Fire Department was dispatched at 2:39 p.m. to 7620 N. Academy Road to the call of a structure fire east of Edmore and just south of M-46.

Legislators such as Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, believe that electronic cigarettes can act as a “gateway drug” for minors, leading up to the use of standard cigarettes. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman seeks to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors in Michigan

Should the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors in Michigan be banned? It’s a question that is not generating any disagreement in Lansing, but the method of regulation of the controversial and increasingly popular product is creating mixed opinions amongst legislators.

Members of the Coalition of Greater Greenville toured the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s (MAISD) Seiter Education Service Center in Greenville as the May 6 vote on a millage increase for special education draws near. MAISD Associate Superintendent of Special Education Kathleen Flynn, right, shows the gymnasium to the group as Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen, at left, listens. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

COGG group learns about Montcalm County’s special ed services

Representatives of the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) toured the Seiter Education Service Center on Thursday to get an inside look at what a proposed millage increase would help fund. The Seiter Center, located on East Van Deinse Street in Greenville, serves students ages 2 to 26 who have special needs.

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Montcalm County launches Nixle notification service

When the Howard City Police Department merged with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office earlier this month, it brought with it many of its officers and their experience, but the department also brought its ideas. One of those ideas, the Nixle system, is now being launched countywide.

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Montcalm Conservation District struggling financially

The history of conservation districts dates back to the “Dirty Thirties,” a time in this country’s history when people were fighting to stay financially afloat, as well as battling the destructive dust storms that severely damaged the nation’s agricultural efforts.