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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.

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Making it Cool to be Kind: Students ready to lead culture-changing program

Surrounded by students she has mentored, guided and influenced throughout this past year, Laurie Stewart could only smile while shedding a few tears as she came to a realization Thursday evening.

“They don’t need me anymore,” she said. “They are definitely using their peer influence to help other people and they are making it sustainable.”

That was the goal from the beginning — to create a new, positive culture in Montcalm County.

Kurt Schindler, senior educator on land use with Michigan State University Extension, explained details of the Right to Farm Act and Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices Thursday evening in Stanton. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Right to Farm Act topic of discussion in Stanton

The exodus from cities to suburbs is a part of American culture.

Soldiers returning from World War II and Korea moved with their families to quiet little streets in new developments made possible by the country’s burgeoning infrastructure, particularly the highway system. In recent decades, even those suburbs have come to seem too crowded to many, and new developments have sprouted like mushrooms in previously rural areas.

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Lakeview technology program puts iPads into the hands of students

According to Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, the decision to go with iPads and Chromebooks, rather than less expensive Android tablets, was based on security. The most recent crop of Android tablets, apparently, lack the filtering capacity required for use in a public school system.

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Montcalm County commissioners challenge conservation district officials

Last month, Montcalm Conservation District officials requested $15,000 from the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to help the conservation district’s looming budget deficit.

This month, commissioners agreed to help conservation district officials — and to issue them a challenge.

Six Montcalm County roads are currently partially flooded.

JUST IN: List of flooded roads in Montcalm County

Here’s a list of Montcalm County roads that are currently partially flooded as of this afternoon.

An uprooted tree landed on the roof of a home on North Street in Lakeview, penetrating the roof and destroying an upstairs bedroom. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lakeview residents recovering from aftermath of weekend storm

Without electricity and with trees power lines laying scattered across yards, roofs and streets, residents of Lakeview worked relentlessly Monday to recover from a powerful weekend storm that left destruction in its path.

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Montcalm County commissioners discuss how to fund Montcalm Alliance

The Montcalm Alliance and the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are still trying to get on the same page when it comes to funding local economic development. Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer updated the county’s Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee on Monday about the Alliance’s most recent meeting.

Pictured is one of several airplanes at Lakeview Griffith Field Airport that was lifted into the air, carried and crashed to the ground as a result of Saturday afternoon’s storm. — Courtesy photo

PHOTO GALLERY: Weekend storm brings heavy damage to Lakeview area

A Saturday afternoon storm that left many residents in Montcalm County without power did the majority of its damage in the community of Lakeview. According to Lakeview Village Manager James Freed, the damage he surveyed this morning in the community is beyond anything he has witnessed before.