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JUST IN: Multiple police agencies respond to attempted suicide in Trufant

Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies and emergency services responded to an attempted suicide by gun this afternoon in Trufant.

From left, Lakeview Community Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, Tri County Area Schools Superintendent Allen Cumings and MCC President Bob Ferrentino discuss the “hybrid college” arrangement between the two school districts and the college Tuesday evening during the monthly MCC Board of Trustees meeting in Pierson Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

TC, Lakeview start joint ‘hybrid’ early college program with MCC

Montcalm Community College strives to help students from throughout the area, and those efforts wouldn’t be complete without a dedicated reach to the county’s panhandle area. The MCC Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting at the college’s Panhandle Area Center just south of Howard City on Tuesday evening to provide an update on the college’s involvement in the area.

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Ionia, Montcalm counties get new 4-H coordinators

Ionia and Montcalm counties have new 4-H coordinators, but they are no longer sharing. Nicole Grabowski is Ionia County’s new coordinator while Tarin Minkel is Montcalm County’s new coordinator. They both fill the vacancy left by former Ionia-Montcalm coordinator Rebecca McCafferty, who resigned in mid-June to take another 4-H position in Florida. McCafferty had worked as 4-H coordinator for both Ionia and Montcalm counties, part-time in each county.

James Fase is pictured with Rizzo, a black lab/husky mix who was shot and killed by a neighbor earlier this summer. — Courtesy photo/Fase family

Winfield Lake family wants law changed after their dog was shot and killed

Was it the result of a long-standing neighborhood feud between two families, or a simple case of self defense against an aggressive dog? Rizzo, a 10-year-old, three-legged black lab/husky mix, was shot and killed by a neighbor’s 9mm semi automatic handgun this summer. The case was investigated and closed with no criminal charges issued, but questions remain in the Winfield Lake neighborhood of Winfield Township.

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New Lakeview/Stanton manager hits the ground running

There’s more than enough work to keep the recently hired manager of Lakeview and Stanton busy for months and years to come.

That’s one reason why Jake Eckholm says he’s “hit the ground running” in his new position.

Andrew Clementz, a Belding senior.

This Is High School: Daily News launching 10-month student series

Our 10-month series “This Is High School” will launch Tuesday and Wednesday and will continue into next spring, when the school year comes to a close.

Our goal is to paint a picture of life as a high school student, complete with all its peaks and valleys, challenges and accomplishments, victories and defeats.

Impromptu concerts and jam sessions spring up everywhere throughout the weekend-long Wheatland Music Festival in Remus. (File photos)

Wheatland Music Organization more than just a festival

Mention the word “Wheatland” around these parts and the eyes of most roots music lovers will light up with fond memories of camping, concerts under the summer stars, and cool September evenings communing with friends both known and unknown.

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BACK TO SCHOOL: What’s new at local districts this year

Staff and students have a lot to be excited about as the 2014-2015 school year gets underway Tuesday.

The rewards of voter-approved bond proposals in Belding, Carson City-Crystal and Lakeview are visible for all to see. A new superintendent is testing the waters at Central Montcalm while incoming freshman are making a “graduation pledge” at Greenville.

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New Miss Trufant Jubilee overcomes her fears to win

Megan McPherson has always wanted to compete for the title of Miss Trufant Jubilee, but was too scared to try it. This year, she faced her fears and did it, and walked away with the title.

“It was one of those things that seemed pretty scary, but once I did it, I realized that my thinking that way was making it worse than it really was,” said the demure McPherson, 17, who was crowned Thursday night as the 35th Trufant Jubilee queen.

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Old Fashioned Days hydrant shut-off riles up Stanton residents

Water, or rather the temporary lack of it during Old Fashioned Days, was the hot topic at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Stanton City Commission. Members of the capacity crowd who turned out for the meeting were upset over the fact that a city hydrant had been shut down by police while it was being used to fill a portable swimming pool for the Ultimate Air Dogs event at the festival. The officer who ordered the hydrant closed cited a city ordinance prohibiting the use of hydrants for nonemergency use by the city.