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Central Montcalm High School graduate Robert Wilson, right, shares a hug while giving the “peace” sign with his teacher, Brenda Buc, left, Friday at the Seiter Education Center graduation ceremony. — Daily News/Cory Smith

7 students earn high school diplomas from Seiter Education Center

After many years of hard work and unmatched determination, seven students are walking away from the Seiter Education Center ready to embark on the next phases of their lives.

Coming together from three high schools, the special education students earned their high school diplomas in front of friends, family, teachers and fellow students Friday afternoon.

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James Freed accepts Port Huron city manager job offer

It’s official … James Freed is leaving Montcalm County and taking on a new leadership role in Port Huron.

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One Book One County hits 10 year mark in Montcalm County

A good book entertains. A great book entertains and educates. A really, really great book also moves us and makes us consider larger issues, matters beyond our everyday purview.

The book revealed at Thursday’s One Book One County kick-off luncheon is among the latter, according to organizer Maureen Burns.

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Manager of Lakeview and Stanton is frontrunner for Port Huron job

The manager of the city of Stanton and the village of Lakeview is the frontrunner for the same position in his hometown. According to The Port Huron Times Herald, the Port Huron City Council unanimously selected James Freed, 29, as their top candidate for city manager job at a special meeting Saturday.

Voters throughout Montcalm County took to the polls, such as the one at Montcalm Township Hall, to cast their votes on several ballot proposals during a special election Tuesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Commission on Aging funding approved

Voters across the county came out more than two to one in favor of continued funding for the Montcalm County Commission on Aging in Tuesday’s election. The commission’s request for a continuation of the previously-approved .45 millage was overwhelmingly approved, with 3,659 “yes” votes to 1,636 “no” votes, or 69 percent to 30 percent.

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911 surcharge renewal passes easily

A Montcalm County Central Dispatch 911 surcharge renewal on the ballot passed easily Tuesday. The surcharge was approved with 3,890 “yes” votes to 1,422 “no” votes, or 73 percent to 27 percent.

Montcalm Township husband and wife Ralph and Irene Palmer fill out voter identification cards at Montcalm Township Hall before voting on several ballot proposals during a special election Tuesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MAISD special education millage ‘will support all students’

Montcalm Area Intermediate School District staff gathered at their Central Office in Stanton on Tuesday evening to learn the outcome of the special education millage ballot proposal. As voting results trickled in, votes on both sides seemed to compete in a dead heat for hours. But as the night wore on, the affirmative votes pulled ahead.

Lakeview High School Principal Gary Jensen learned recently he has been named Principal of the Year for the state of Michigan. He has been instrumental in moving Lakeview High School from an at risk school to one of the best in the state. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview High School’s Gary Jensen earns statewide honor

Just a few short years ago, Lakeview Community Schools were in deep trouble. Academically, the situation had grown so bad that Lakeview High School made the state’s “dishonor roll,” being named as an “at risk” school. Test scores were low, morale was lower.

Mandy Branderhorst, a school nurse at the Seiter Education Center, left, works with special education students Shane Durfee, center, and Rylee Hoover, right, Friday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MAISD special education proposal in the hands of voters

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District millage vote on Tuesday may say “special education” on the ballot, but the issue affects all children in Montcalm County. Tuesday’s proposal will ask voters whether to restore the MAISD’s special ed millage — currently 2.1878 mills — to 2.50, as well as add another mill for a total of 3.50 mills.

The Montcalm County Central Dispatch Center in Stanton, pictured, will be asking voters Tuesday to renew a 911 surcharge which will collect up to $2.85 per phone line in the county. The surcharge, which is a renewal from that approved by voters in 2010, is charged monthly to each phone registered in the county, both landlines and cell phones. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

911 surcharge renewal would help purchase new technology

Tuesday’s election ballot will include several proposals up for vote, including a 911 surcharge renewal, which would collect up to $2.85 a month per phone line in Montcalm County. The surcharge, which is a renewal from that approved by voters in 2010, is charged monthly to each phone registered in the county — both landlines and cell phones.