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Dakota Shaffer, 15, shares a moment with her mother, Amanda, right, Thursday afternoon at their home in Vestaburg. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Care Network offers outpatient and home-based therapy

Montcalm County residents, like anywhere else, face barriers when it comes to receiving comprehensive mental health care. The rural landscape of the county can mean isolation for some families in need. Financial stability can be another issue.

The Montcalm Care Network, based in Stanton, is focused on helping children and families conquer those barriers in order to receive mental health care services.

Laura McCallum and Sydney Stauffer served as valedictorian and salutatorian for Central Montcalm High School. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Central Montcalm High School graduates 98 seniors

Laura McCallum and Sydney Stauffer ranked as the top two academic scholars in the Central Montcalm High School Class of 2016, earning the roles of valedictorian and salutatorian.

Throughout their four years of high school, the two have both been in National Honor Society, served as president and vice-president of their senior class and have been leaders in various clubs and organizations.

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The Daily News named best in Michigan

The Daily News was named the best in the state Sunday in the annual Michigan Associated Press (AP) Media Editors newspaper competition.

The Daily News won for general excellence in Division 1 and was honored with 10 other awards during Sunday’s AP banquet in Lansing.

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Funeral Notices for May 23, 2016

Funeral Notices for Monday, May 23, 2016

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OUR VIEW: Paying attention in Montcalm County

Montcalm County officials have been trying to alert residents to a county budget predicament for a number of years.

They finally have the people’s attention.

Greenville High School senior Aiden Ramirez-Tatum, 18, left, and fellow transgender student, freshman Alexander Rush, 15, share a conversation in the senior commons at Greenville High School during after-school hours. Top left, members of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance at Greenville High School meet weekly to share both positive and negative experiences in relation to their daily lives, as well as to discuss issues pertaining to acceptance among their peers. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Political battles over transgender issues hit close to home for local teens

High school is a difficult time in life to navigate. Teenagers are faced with a perfect storm of volatile emotions and a struggle toward self-identity that can make even getting through the day a difficult task. For transgender students, this struggle is compounded until it can seem completely out of control.

Greenville Mayor and Downtown Development Authority member John Hoppough, left, speaks on the subject of hiring a certified grant administrator Tuesday as DDA members David Ralph, center, and Jim Hopkins, right, listen. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA picks facade grant admin

In weighing three options for the selection of certified grant administrator, the Greenville Downtown Development Authority came to a decision Tuesday. In anticipation of approval for six downtown building projects on S. Lafayette Street that have applied for facade grant funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the DDA voted unanimously to select Revitalize LLC of Mason at a cost of $35,000.

Bree Town, 12, of Greenville, laughs in excitement and to applause after one of her paintings sells for more than $200 Tuesday at the Greenville Area Recreation & Community Center, raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Bree is in remission after battling acute myeloid leukemia and has been recognized as the 2016 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society West Michigan Girl of the Year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Town is Leukemia and Lymphoma Society West Michigan Girl of the Year

There are those who wear their strength on the surface, who look fear straight in the face without backing down and rise above whatever conflict may be at hand. There are those who battle their demons from within, overcoming obstacles that may be hidden to the outsider, overcoming tests and challenges that remain unaware to observers.

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Day of Notables showcases Belding fifth grade projects

Ty Cobb, Marilyn Monroe and Walt Disney were among the living once again Wednesday afternoon. Woodview Elementary School invited family members and students to see the culmination of a research project fifth graders have been working on for the past several weeks.

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Funeral Notices for May 20, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, May 20, 2016