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Outman concerned about proposed LGBTQ guidelines in school

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, has long voiced his opinion on educational matters in Michigan during his tenure in the Legislature, and Monday, he took aim at what some in Lansing are calling a controversial issue.

A proposal focused on students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or are questioning their sexual identity (LGBTQ) has been thrust into the limelight after a voluntary guidance, drafted with a goal to help school districts looking to better serve LGBT students, was outlined in a Feb. 23 memo from the Michigan Department of Education to the State Board of Education.

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MARCH 26, 2016: Easter egg hunts and Easter bunny appearances

Here’s a list of local Easter egg hunts and related events in Montcalm County and surrounding areas.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County commissioners consider budget cuts

Eliminate Animal Control?

Merge the Equalization Department and the Register of Deeds Department?

Give county parks back to local townships?

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BREAKING: Police investigating ‘suspicious’ death in McBride

MCBRIDE — The Michigan State Police are investigating a suspicious death in the small village of McBride.

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JUST IN: Edmore bringing back Rankin as village manager

After an unexpected exit from the community nearly two years ago, a familiar face is expected to return to the position of Edmore village manager.

Voters hit the polls Tuesday to cast their vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary elections and the Montcalm County Headlee override millage proposal. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County voters decline Headlee override millage proposal

A majority of Montcalm County voters have declined to help fund county services, meaning budget cuts are around the corner.

Voters turned down a Headlee override millage proposal by 7,389 “no” votes to 5,429 “yes” votes, or 58 percent to 42 percent.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County voters decline Headlee millage

A majority of Montcalm County voters have declined to help fund county services, meaning budget cuts are around the corner.

Voters turned down a Headlee override millage proposal by 7,389 “no” votes to 5,429 “yes” votes, or 58 percent to 42 percent.

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‘We just haven’t had an election like this one before’: Montcalm County voters head to the polls

Presidential primary elections have been drawing record voter turnout throughout the United States.

Today, it’s Michigan’s turn.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Members of the Central Montcalm High School Symphonic Band react in celebration together with friends and family after learning that they received a first division rating at Thursday’s Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association District 7 Festival at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Members of the Central Montcalm High School Symphonic Band react in celebration together with friends and family after learning that they received a first division rating at Thursday’s Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association District 7 Festival at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local school bands succeed at district band festival (PHOTOS)

Just a short time ago, Matthew Reed wasn’t entirely sure his students could come together and play the music program he had arranged to the expectations they had set forward. The Central Montcalm band director was determined to have his high school students ready to perform at the Michigan State Band and Orchestra District Band Festival, but facing a total of eight snow days, the necessary rehearsal time just wasn’t there.

An Ionia County snow plow truck makes its way east on Bricker Road, clearing snow Tuesday afternoon.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Snow storms continue to keep county road crews busy

After being battered last Thursday with nearly 12 inches of snow, another blast of snow Tuesday is keeping plow drivers busy. According to Road Commission for Montcalm County Superintendent-Manager Mark Christensen, another winter storm that began at approximately 7 a.m. and carried into the night kept plow trucks on the road throughout the day.