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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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Saturday benefit planned for Greenville couple after house fire

When Leroy and Betty Jones watched their Fairplain Township home of 41 years burn to the ground the evening of March 5, they lost not only their home and contents inside, but a lifetime of memories they had built in the community together.

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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.

The Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school districts are teaming up in launching a food program for students in need. The program will provide a dinner Monday through Friday and a snack for the weekend for students who qualify. Pictured is Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events for both the Montcalm and Ionia ISDs. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

School program will provide meals to ‘food insecure’ children

Between Ionia and Montcalm counties, there are an estimated 8,000 children who are classified as “food insecure” and school officials say that is unacceptable. “When we saw that, we knew we need to do something,” said Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events with both the Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school district (ISD). “Living in the United States of America, we shouldn’t have children going to bed hungry, but we do.”

Army Sgt. Phillip Michmerhuizen of Saranac, a Michigan National Guardsman assigned to the 1073rd Maintenance Company in Greenville, unlocks the M-4 weapon rack at the armory while Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME) inspector Chief Warrant Officer Jason Goddard (holding folder) prepares to “grade” Private 1st Class Dustin Fisher of Fennville and Private 1st Class Joshua Radzwion of North Branch as they perform preventive maintenance checks and service on weapons. — Courtesy photo/Master Sgt. Denice Rankin

Greenville’s 1073rd a finalist for Army Award for Maintenance Excellence

The Michigan Army National Guard’s 1073rd Maintenance Company based in Greenville has been selected by the Department of the Army as one of three finalists in the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence — the most prestigious award in the military maintenance community.

For the fourth straight year, representatives of the Montcalm Community College Business Professionals of America Club have qualified for and will compete in a national event. Pictured, from left, are co-adviser Bill Bishop, Rachel Jacobbson, Dustin Snoap, Elizabeth Jacobbson, Devin Covendish, Katrina Soper and co-adviser Michael Adams. Not pictured but also competing are Michael Ruggles, Carmon Bianchi and Justin Brackenbury.

MCC business club to compete at national event

For the fourth straight year, representatives of the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Business Professionals of America (BPA) Club have qualified for and will compete in a national event.

On Tuesday, the Greenville City Council approved the purchase of three sets of soccer goals for the Greenville Recreation Department, which lost tens of thousands of dollars in equipment in a July 4, 2013, fire at its storage building. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville replaces rec department equipment destroyed in 2013 fire

GREENVILLE — In the early morning of July 4, 2013, a Greenville Recreation Department storage building burnt to the ground and since then the organization has been working to replace the tens of thousands of dollars in equipment lost.

Fifth grade students at Cedar Crest Elementary School in Greenville wrote personal letters to different authors around the world requesting the donation of one book to go to children at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. Pictured are Kennadi Battreall, 11, left, and Pheobe Sower, 10, reading during class Tuesday. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Cedar Crest students persuade authors to donate books to children’s hospital

Inside one of the more than 80 books to be donated to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is a quote: “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.” Sometimes the only way children at DeVos Hospital can escape from the confines of their hospital room is through the imagination of reading.

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UPDATE: Fatal accident victims identified after Lakeview crash

The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post has released the names of three men involved in a fatal accident Sunday morning near Lakeview. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview post responded to the crash at the intersection of M-46 and Youngman Road near Lakeview around 10:25 a.m.

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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.