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Montcalm County school officials hope time is right for special ed millage

Twenty-six years.
That’s how much time has gone by since Montcalm County voters last approved an increase in special education funding. In the meantime, Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) officials have made more than $2.5 million in cuts to special education services and reduced their workforce by 22 percent. Programs not required by law have been consolidated or eliminated, including the shutdown of Harold O. Steele Alternative High School in Fenwick in 2006.

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Vestaburg school superintendent takes job at Jackson Public Schools

Jeff Beal is returning to his alma mater as its new leader.

The superintendent of Vestaburg Community School resigned Monday effective June 30. He will take on superintendent duties at Jackson Public Schools starting July 1.

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Daily News staffers haul in 11 awards in AP contest

There are nearly 30 daily newspapers with a circulation of 15,000 or less in Michigan. Only two will win as many awards in the 2013 Michigan Associated Press Media Editors (APME) Contest as The Daily News.mike

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JUST IN: McBride home hit by fire Saturday afternoon

Three fire departments responded Saturday afternoon to a house fire at 4141 Division St. in the village that is believed to have started on the second level.

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JUST IN: Edmore man dies in car accident on M-46

A young man was killed after his car collided with a semi-tractor and trailer on a snowy road Saturday morning in Vestaburg.

Temperatures in the mid 40s have lead to melting snow, which may cause minor flooding with tomorrow's storm, which is calling for nearly an inch of freezing rain. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Rising temperatures, rain may lead to minor local flooding

Thursday’s forecast calls for nearly an inch of freezing rain to fall on top of already melting piles of snow due to temperatures in the mid 40s, so water will be flowing. Just how much is yet to be seen.

Franz Mogdis has been executive director of the Montcalm Alliance since 1997. He works out of the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District office in Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm Alliance looking to move forward after setbacks

The Montcalm Alliance may have been in the news lately regarding a failed millage proposal that never even went to a vote, but in the meantime, the Alliance’s executive director has been staying busy working to assist local businesses.

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Montcalm County’s recycling coordinator resigns

Jacob Rytlewski is exchanging a job in an often cold climate for a new adventure in a warmer atmosphere. Rytlewski, the resource recovery coordinator for Montcalm County, has resigned to take a job in Florida. His last day working for Montcalm County will be Feb. 21 and he plans to head south in early March.

After Karen Garvey and her husband, Dick (pictured), attended the Mackinaw Mush in Mackinaw City, they discovered the thrill of speed in dog sledding. The Garveys belong to Mid Union Sled Haulers (MUSH) and compete in three-dog and five-dog sprints of seven to 10 miles. — Courtesy photo

Edmore family finds thrills in dog sledding

Karen Garvey of Edmore has always enjoyed winter sports. When Bradys’ Hills, a downhill ski area near Lakeview, closed during her teenage years, she searched for another wintertime activity. She tried cross country skiing, but missed the speed. After she and her husband, Dick, attended the Mackinaw Mush in Mackinaw City, they discovered the thrill of speed in dog sledding, one of North America’s oldest winter sports.

Mid-Michigan District Health Department Health Officer Dr. Marcus Cheatham presents countywide statistics on health, income and economic status during Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting. Cheatham said there is a direct correlation between income levels and general health. — Daily News/Curtis WIldfong

Health & Income: Montcalm County “doing better than it should” in overall health statistics

Statistical data over the past several years has shown a direct correlation between socioeconomic status and general health and the same is true for Montcalm County, which ranks in the bottom third in median household income. But despite serious health concerns in the county, Mid-Michigan District Health Department Director Dr. Marcus Cheatham said Montcalm County is “doing better than it should looking at the data” in overall health, where it ranks in the top half (27th) of Michigan counties in 2013, according to data collected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who conducts a national study