Most of us remember the “family truckster” station wagon in the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” It was what we typically thought of as the perfect vehicle for a growing family.
Three law enforcement men are vying to be elected the next sheriff of Montcalm County.
Longtime Sheriff Bill Barnwell is retiring at the end of this year. Whoever voters choose in the Aug. 2 primary election to succeed Barnwell will be tasked with overseeing a department that has been hit with repeated budget cuts over the years.
The Daily News asked the three candidates — all Republicans — for their thoughts about the budget crunch and their plans for the future, if elected.
Michael Kotenko rose to speak before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.
May 23 was the first major public appearance for the 14-year sheriff’s deputy since last autumn, when he narrowly escaped being murdered on the job.
The path to success in life never ends — this according to 1961 Vestaburg alumna Dianne Wilson, who spoke about the importance of never stopping an education to the 49 students at Vestaburg High School’s graduation Sunday. “Did you ever hear the saying that you are a part of a forever learning situation?” Wilson asked the class and a packed audience at the school’s gymnasium. “You don’t just go out in life and exist. You continue a lifetime of living and learning. You should never cease to search fulfilling the person you are meant to be.”
After 13 years, from learning to tie their shoes in kindergarten to taking their final academic exams this past year, the 55 seniors of Montabella High School became the school’s 50th graduating class Sunday. Dressed in cap and gown in the class colors of navy blue and white, with the class flower, a white rose with blue tips, pinned to their 2016 stoles of the same colors, the seniors spent their final day as high school students together, reminiscing on past events while also looking forward to the future.
After a long and sometimes educationally turbulent four years at Montabella High School, senior Jalen Kilchermann, a funny, caring 17-year-old, appeared to be derailed from the tracks that led to graduating with her fellow classmates this upcoming Sunday. With just a few short months in her final year of high school, she held a failing 11 percent in her chemistry class, a grade that would hold her back from earning a high school diploma.
Kyle Guerrant didn’t know what to expect as he drove the Isabella-Montcalm county line toward Montabella Community Schools. He almost certainly didn’t expect to find students working to ward off zombies amid the cornfields and gravel roads.
Montcalm County residents, like anywhere else, face barriers when it comes to receiving comprehensive mental health care. The rural landscape of the county can mean isolation for some families in need. Financial stability can be another issue.
The Montcalm Care Network, based in Stanton, is focused on helping children and families conquer those barriers in order to receive mental health care services.
The Daily News was named the best in the state Sunday in the annual Michigan Associated Press (AP) Media Editors newspaper competition.
The Daily News won for general excellence in Division 1 and was honored with 10 other awards during Sunday’s AP banquet in Lansing.
Tom Porter was drafted into U.S. military service in 1965. He went through officer candidate school and was trained in the artillery before serving as a military policeman at Fort Gordon, Georgia, while many of his classmates were sent to Vietnam. One was killed in action in 1967. Two more remain missing in action to this day.