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Lakeview’s Nate Shurlow, middle, tries to force up a shot between two Montabella players during the Class C district game March 5. — File photo

CSAA names local boys hoops players to all-league tweam

The Central State Activities Association saw fit to name three local boys basketball players to the all-conference team. Lakeview’s dynamic duo of Shawn Lindsey and Nate Shurlow were honored by CSAA coaches, while Central Montcalm’s Lane Ledford also was honored. All three were first-team selections.

Teachers and aides at the Seiter Education Service Center take a moment during snack time to help feed several special education students on a recent afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County has wide variety of services for students with special needs

Assisting students to make progress in the general curriculum is the role of every school educator, including special education staff. In Montcalm County, the local school districts, as well as the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD), employ many staff who provide programs and services to children beginning at birth and ending at 26 years of age. Throughout Montcalm County schools, more than 1,700 students are receiving special education services.

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JUST IN: Lakeview High School student brought handgun to school

A Lakeview High School student brought a handgun to school last Friday with the possible intention of harming him or herself.

Lakeview Community Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin sent a letter home to parents today making them aware of the situation and ongoing investigation. Several other students were aware their fellow student had brought a gun into the high school, but no one alerted any adults.

Legislators such as Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, believe that electronic cigarettes can act as a “gateway drug” for minors, leading up to the use of standard cigarettes. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman seeks to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors in Michigan

Should the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors in Michigan be banned? It’s a question that is not generating any disagreement in Lansing, but the method of regulation of the controversial and increasingly popular product is creating mixed opinions amongst legislators.

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Blue Star Mothers host Spring Fling Saturday in Lakeview

The Blue Star Mothers, Chapter MI-188, has performed many important public service activities throughout the years. Many are geared toward providing aid for soldiers serving overseas; other provide support for veterans close to home.

Members of the Coalition of Greater Greenville toured the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s (MAISD) Seiter Education Service Center in Greenville as the May 6 vote on a millage increase for special education draws near. MAISD Associate Superintendent of Special Education Kathleen Flynn, right, shows the gymnasium to the group as Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen, at left, listens. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

COGG group learns about Montcalm County’s special ed services

Representatives of the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) toured the Seiter Education Service Center on Thursday to get an inside look at what a proposed millage increase would help fund. The Seiter Center, located on East Van Deinse Street in Greenville, serves students ages 2 to 26 who have special needs.

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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.

Work continues to proceed on schedule at Bright Start Elementary School in Lakeview. When the school opens for classes this fall, the school will be renamed Lakeview Elementary School. — Courtesy photo

Bright Start renamed Lakeview Elementary School

When school begins again next fall, elementary students will again be attending Lakeview Elementary School, but in a new building. The Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education voted Monday to rename Bright Start Elementary School in order to reflect the building’s new purpose as the district’s only elementary school.

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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.”