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From left, Mid-Michigan Humane Society acting Board President Angela Hollinshead, Vice President Rachell Martin and Secretary Autumn DeVries are pictured. The humane society was recently established to provide extra security and services to pets in Montcalm County and surrounding areas. — Courtesy photo

Local Humane Society established to expand services to pets

Amid an uncertain future for the Montcalm County Animal Shelter, a group of people have come together to provide some peace of mind for pets and pet owners throughout the county.

Angela Hollinshead, director of Montcalm County Animal Control and acting president of the board for the newly formed Mid-Michigan Humane Society (MMHS), said the idea for the Humane Society was born out of panic when in June 2016 it looked like the county might need to eliminate Animal Control.

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Funeral Notices for March 31, 2017

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm Township won’t pursue recycling options

After nearly a year of trying to find a solution for recycling , the Montcalm Township Board decided to step back from the issue.

The township board sent out fliers to residents and held two public hearings — the second of which was Thursday evening — to obtain feedback from the public.
The township board sent out fliers to residents and held two public hearings, the second of which was Thursday evening, to obtain feedback from the public.

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Matt Bailey is new coach for Belding girls soccer team

When he was approached with the chance to coach Belding’s soccer team, Matt Bailey didn’t hesitate to say yes.

Belding’s Kyleigh Kazmerski, right, and Comstock Park’s Madison Fox recover from running into each other as they go after the ball in the second half of Wednesday’s game at Rudness Field.

As season begins, Belding’s soccer team still settling in with new players, coach

Belding may have lost 2-0 in its season opener against Comstock Park Wednesday, but it gained much-needed field experience, according to its new coach, Matt Bailey.

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Funeral Notices for March 30, 2017

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Greenville’s Landon Kemp, left, earned honorable mention in Class A girls basketball from both The Associated Press and Basketball Coaches of Michigan for her performance this season as a senior shooting guard. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greenville’s Landon Kemp racks up hoop honors

  Landon Kemp was recognized for her stellar performance on the Greenville girls basketball team this year, getting honorable mention from The Associated Press and Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. The four-year varsity senior point guard averaged 12 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals per game and scored her 1,000th career point this [...]

Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, right, speaks at Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College as former representative Rick Outman, of Six Lakes, filling in for Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Unanimously approved by House, FOIA legislation faces uphill battle in Senate

On March 16, the 110-member House of Representatives voted 108-0 to pass a 10-bill package — House bills 4148 through 4157 — aimed at expanding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the governor’s office and state Legislature.

The bills now head to the Senate, specifically the Senate Operations Committee, but supporters of the legislation fear it will die.

Kristin Hoogerwerf of Rehmann Robson updates Montcalm County commissioners on Monday about the status of corrective action on the county’s 2016 audit, including short-term and long-term goals for rectifying the county’s financial situation. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners hear audit, continue investigation

After not hearing an audit report for nearly a decade, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday night heard an audit report from its new auditing firm and continued to pursue legal action against its former auditing firm.

After meeting in closed session with attorney John Axe from Clark Hill for an hour, commissioners unanimously approved authorizing Clark Hill to continue to pursue legal action being contemplated against the county’s longtime auditing firm Abraham & Gaffney.

Firefighters with the Sheridan Community Fire Department exit Sheridan Community Hospital on Tuesday night after ensuring that a report of a fire at the hospital was only a false alarm. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Dust particle triggers fire alarm at Sheridan Community Hospital

A dust particle is believed to be at blame for triggering a fire alarm late Monday night at Sheridan Community Hospital.