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Potatoes were the focus of the annual Montcalm Field Day in Douglass Township on Thursday, hosted by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission and Michigan State University Ag Bio Research. Topics included late blight, as two potato fields in Montcalm County have been found to have the fungus disease so far this summer. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Potato late blight found in 2 fields in Montcalm County

A summer of cool temps and lots of rain has led to favorable conditions for unfavorable potatoes. Late blight, which can also affect tomatoes, is caused by a fungus which can infect and destroy the leaves, stems, spores and tubers of potato plants.

A group of farmers and other agricultural industry officials prepare for a wagon tour of local farms in the Douglass Township area on Thursday as part of the annual Montcalm Field Day event hosted by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission and Michigan State University Ag Bio Research. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm Field Day focuses on potatoes

Potatoes had their day in the sun Thursday during Montcalm Field Day in rural Montcalm County. Hosted by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission and Michigan State University, the day began with a gathering of more than 50 people in the potato industry at Douglass Township Hall.

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Plans for dog park in Belding move forward

Life may soon be getting better for some of the city’s four-legged residents, thanks to an initiative to create a dog park somewhere within the municipality.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 8, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, Aug. 8

Students enrolled in the Montcalm Area Career Center’s cosmetology program give and receive services from each other as they learn the procedures during their first year. Pictured at left is Janelle Rons of Vestaburg performing a manicure on Nadia Braafhart of Greenville. The longstanding cosmetology program partnered by the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District and Montcalm Community College will be discontinued after this year due to state and federal funding regulations that have changed financial aid qualifications for cosmetology students. — Courtesy photo

MAISD’s cosmetology program falls victim to state, federal regulations

Due to state and federal changes that have affected financial aid for several college and college-bound students, the cosmetology program through the Montcalm Area Intermediate Schools (MAISD) Career Technical Education (CTE) Center will be discontinued after this year.

The Belding City Council tabled a vote on a proposed ethics ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting as some council members were worried the ordinance as currently written is too vague. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belding’s ethics ordinance goes back to drawing board

Ethics, and whether they should be enforced via official ordinance, was the topic of discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Belding City Council. City Manager Bruce Brown explained the ordinance under consideration would help “promote transparency and civility” within city government. The ordinance, he said, is similar to similar ordinances that have been adopted by other municipalities across the state.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 6, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

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JUST IN: Montcalm Township Planning Commission discusses medical marijuana legislation

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — Marijuana was the topic of discussion during the Montcalm Township Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday. Commissioners discussed some recent legislation which is being discussed at the state level which could possibly set-up an established system to allow medical marijuana distributors to set-up in Michigan townships. Commissioners discussed whether they could put regulations [...]

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Montcalm County commissioners working to correct $600,000 deficit

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is tasked with correcting an estimated $600,000 shortfall for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer presented estimated expenditures of $14.8 million and estimated revenue of $14.2 million to the county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on July 27.

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Drive-in movie event on Friday at Grattan Academy High School

Bygone days of youth past so swift, like a dry leaf in the wind, can raise such bittersweet memories that sometimes it is hard to choke back that lump of nostalgia.

For those whose memory of youth fell somewhere in the era between 1950 and 1980, there is an event on Friday which will have an opportunity to re-live their youth for at least a few hours.