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Stanton city officials hope to have a new downtown clock, similar to one installed this past year in the village of Sheridan, installed by August or September. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton’s new clock on the way

This city’s new downtown clock will be in position outside the Chemical Bank building on Main Street a month or two sooner than organizers anticipated, thanks to a fundraising campaign and community support that exceeded expectations.

Commissioners in Stanton recently decided to have the Department of Public Works take on the responsibility of sidewalk repair and maintenance citywide. City Manager Jake Eckholm said he expects it will take about two years to get all the sidewalks up to code. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

City Commission takes on repairing and maintaining Stanton’s sidewalks

City residents fond of traveling on foot are soon going to have things a little easier, thanks to a recent decision on the part of the Stanton City Commission. According to Stanton City Manager Jake Eckholm, commissioners decided last week to take on the responsibility of repairing and maintaining the city’s sidewalks. The topic had come up at previous commission meetings and had been discussed by concerned citizens as well as commissioners.

Greenville Public Schools Board of Education Secretary Ronald Billmeier, left, and Treasurer James Anderson, discuss the purchase of 10 propane-fueled buses for the district during a special board meeting Monday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville schools to buy 10 propane buses

When the upcoming school year begins for students at Greenville Public Schools, several of those who are transported by bus may notice something different. During a special Board of Education meeting Monday evening, board members voted 5-1, with Treasurer James Anderson opposed and Trustee John Raven absent, to approve the purchase of 10 propane-fueled buses for the district’s fleet of 29 buses.

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UPDATE: Montcalm County child dies from meningitis

The Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD) has been informed of the death of a 1-year-old Montcalm County child. The death is believed to be caused from complications of haemophilus influenza type b meningitis.

Greenville’s Faith Thornton, left, and Jillian Fidler, middle, chase a runner from Cedar Springs during a home meet. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville girls had good track season

Greenville’s girls track team came close to winning the O-K Bronze Conference this season. The Yellow Jackets went 5-2 overall in dual meets and 3-2 in the conference this season. That was good for coach Sharon Gianacakos.

Carson City-Crystal pitcher Jeremy Bigford makes a throw to first baseman Lane Humphrey during a home game against Central Montcalm this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal baseball added to win total in 2015

Carson City-Crystal’s baseball team had a season that was one for the record books, somewhat. The Eagles went 22-17-1 overall and 5-5 in the Mid-State Activities Conference in 2015. That conference record was good enough for third place.

Samantha Dann’s first internship as a veterinarian technician was spent as a carnivore keeper for Wildlife Safari in Winston, Ore. Part of her responsibilities included feeding and providing medications for the animals. It was her chance to get up close and personal with many of South Africa’s “big cats,” including this cheetah, named Khaki, who cared for by Wildcats World. (Courtesy photos)

S.H.E.: Ionia’s Samantha Dann follows her passion to work with wild animals

Ever since caring for a kitten of her own, Samantha Dann of Ionia has loved animals, especially cats. Tabbies, Main Coon and Persians make lovely pets, but Dann’s passion involves cats of the more wild persuasion.

Judge Charles Simon, center, poses with recently-sworn in children’s advocates Tuesday at the Montcalm County Court Complex; from left, Jeffrey Bennett, Ronald Massanari, Rhonda Massanari, Simons, Brigitte Aggas and Michael Kattreh. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates help courts with at-risk kids

By the time the courts become involved in a domestic situation, things are complicated. Wives, husbands, sons, daughters … all can be victims. But too often, those most hurt are those least able to speak for themselves: The children.

A $100,000 donation from the Pearl and Larry Padden estate will help the Lakeview Area Community Fund improve the community in many ways. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview Area Community Fund receives $100,000 donation

Larry and Pearl Padden didn’t move to Lakeview until 1991, long after Larry’s 1971 retirement. Before that the couple summered on the shores of Lake Nipissing in Canada and wintered in Vero Beach, Fla. It didn’t take long before the Paddens adopted their new hometown, heart and soul. Both became integral members of the community and in no time were on a first name basis with many Lakeview residents.

Cygnus 27 is located on the 27th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

FREE TIME: Cygnus 27 introduces Latin-inspired menu to Grand Rapids

Cygnus, a northern constellation of the Milky Way, is home to one of the brightest stars seen by night.

Cygnus 27, already well known for its globally inspired menu and out-of-this-world views from the 27th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, is headed in a new, Latin-infused direction.