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Grattan Academy comes out on top in SchoolDigger.com study

It seems every organization out there dedicated to K-12 education has its own formula to track student success. There are report cards, color schemes, annual progress reports, at-risk declarations and top-to-bottom lists.

It’s up to school officials to take in each of these state or independent group studies and try to piece together the puzzle that most accurately depicts student achievement.

Ask any school official which formula works best and they will probably answer none of them … or maybe all of them.

VFW 5065 Commander Donald Rule delivers a welcome speech to an audience of more than 60 people Thursday evening at the Sheridan VFW Post for the Meet the Candidates forum. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Sheridan candidates forum introduces political hopefuls to Montcalm County

With the Aug. 5 primary election quickly approaching, Thursday evening proved to be an informative event for more than 60 people who attended the “Meet the Candidates” event at the Sheridan VFW Post. Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan representatives from five races introduced themselves and their reasons for running throughout the two-hour event.

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin, left, listens as Edmore Village President Chet Guild runs the most recent council meeting on July 14. — File photo

Edmore Village Council refuses to recognize manager, hires attorney

Village President Chet Guild waited until almost an hour into Monday night’s meeting to drop the bomb. A woman in the audience questioned why the Edmore Village Council had skipped over the manager’s report on the meeting agenda.

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‘Dirty, backhanded politics’ in Edmore; 4 councilmen are no-shows to meeting

Councilman Art Schuitema gingerly walked into the Edmore Village Council meeting, his hands gripping a walker for assistance. Intravenous needles were stuck into his arms, their clear tubes dangling below. He wore a plastic vest chest protector and checkered pajama pants. It was his 80th birthday.
Schuitema made it to Monday night’s Edmore Village Council meeting. So did councilwomen Bonnie Ashbaugh and Karen Deja.
And yet President Chet Guild and councilmen Eddie Adams, Chuck Burr and Jerry Rasmussen were nowhere to be found. Neither was Burr’s wife, Gloria Burr, the village clerk whose job it is to record meeting minutes.

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin listens to public comment during am impromptu community forum tonight at the Curtis Building in Edmore. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

JUST IN: 4 Edmore councilmen are no-shows to special meeting

A special meeting of the Edmore Village Council tonight turned into an impromptu community forum when four of the council members failed to show up.

President Chet Guild and councilmen Eddie Adams, Chuck Burr and Jerry Rasmussen were all no-shows to tonight’s meeting. Instead, council members Bonnie Ashbaugh, Karen Deja and Art Schuitema led a community forum for about 50 people who were in attendance.

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin is pictured in his office at the Curtis Community Building in Edmore. — File photo

Edmore village manager ‘blindsided’ by contract non-renewal

In a surprise move, the Edmore Village Council voted 4-2 at a special meeting this evening not to renew the contract of their village manager. Neil Rankin was hired as village manage last July, just shy of one year ago. His contract expires July 10.

From left, 2014 Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year Kennedy Cogsworth, first runner-up Rory Eldridge, Ericka Haag, Jacob Homich, Heidi Terry, and second runner-up Elizabeth Yelland, stand together Saturday evening in the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds Ash Building during the awards presentation for 2014 4-H’er of the year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gowen teenager selected as 2014 4-H’er of the Year

It all started with two fat, little pygmy goats, ‘Moo’ and ‘Oink.’ Seven years later, after learning to properly care for her two precious animal friends and so many others, Kennedy Cogswell has become a young leader of the local 4-H community.

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Looking north down Derby Road is a minefield of potholes and worn-out patch jobs stretches from shoulder to shoulder. With a lack of funding, the number of potholes around the area remains high and causes problems for all drivers.

Emmons, Outman support sales tax increase to fund state’s roads

Rick Outman went to church last Sunday expecting to hear a sermon from his preacher. However, the state representative also received an exhortation from his congregation of constituents about how state legislators adjourned for the summer without reaching an agreement about how to fix the roads.

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Montcalm County Household Hazardous Waste Day is June 21

Montcalm County’s Household Hazardous Waste Day will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Howard City Municipal Building at 125 E. Shaw St.

Beagles run, jump and climb in excitement at Rick Snow’s kennels in Greenville. Snow says his kennels offer plenty of space and houses for each dog and he is concerned about Montcalm County kennel ordinance updates, which would require him to build a building to house his dogs. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Dog owners say Montcalm County kennel ordinance could do more harm than good

Montcalm County’s kennel ordinance was updated last year with the goal of enacting stricter, more specific requirements. However, a number of dog owners think county officials are barking up the wrong tree.