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Cosmetology first-year instructor Rosa Waite delivers information to students and parents during an orientation session for first-year students and their parents Monday at the Montcalm Area Career Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Students begin cosmetology program with confidence, uncertainty

Though cosmetology will soon no longer be an option for students to pursue locally, a final wave of students at the Montcalm Area Career Technical Center is moving forward with high hopes. After the announcement this summer from Montcalm Community College (MCC) that the cosmetology program offered through the Montcalm Area Intermediate Schools (MAISD) Career Technical Education (CTE) Center would be discontinued after this year, students met Monday for what will likely be the final orientation day.

One of the photos that has been circulating on Facebook about two horses that are allegedly starving to death in Pierson Township. Montcalm County Animal Control is investigating. — Courtesy photo

Montcalm County Animal Control clarifies Pierson horse rumors

Photos of horses in Pierson Township have been making the rounds on Facebook recently with allegations of the owner starving and killing the horses. “These animals are forced to live in horrid conditions,” one person posted on Facebook along with two photos. “Their paddock is barely a larger footprint than my house. It’s solid mud and when they do have hay it’s so moldy and gross I can’t believe they can eat it. The animal in these pics is eating mud and trying to survive. The Montcalm County Animal Control and Sheriff’s Office refuse to help.”

Trufant Jubilee Queen BreAnna Schultz, seated, and her court, from left, Princess Jayda Fitzgerald, Queen First Runner-Up Caitlin Madlener, Miss Pre-Teen First Runner-Up Melissa McKinley, Queen Second Runner-Up Krysta Frye and Miss Pre-Teen Madison Gibbons will reign over Trufant’s weekend celebration.  — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Trufant queen a first time contestant

BreAnna Schultz isn’t quite sure what the Trufant Jubilee queen does, but the 17-year-old is about to find out. Schultz, the daughter of Scott and Judy Schultz of Trufant, decided to run for the title just for fun and to gain pageant experience so she would have a better chance if winning another year. However, among a field of three contestants, Schultz walked away with the title this year.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 5, 2015

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Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, met with some of his 4th District constituents, including Everett Ray Holloway of Stanton, at right, to hear questions and concerns at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Moolenaar talks social issues with constituents

The Iran deal, Planned Parenthood videos and gay marriage … these were the primary interests of Montcalm County residents who met with Rep. John Moolenaar this week. A handful of 4th District constituents attended Wednesday’s meeting at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton to hear from their Congressman before Congress goes back into session next week.

Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, met with some of his 4th District constituents, including Ray Holloway of Stanton, at right, to hear their questions and concerns at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Constituent concerns include small businesses, farmers, homeschooling

Other topics discussed at Wednesday’s meeting with Rep. John Moolenaar included the following.

Bill Bates, 68, of Belding, will be walking 60 miles Sept. 18 to raise a goal of $6,000 to be donated to Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center, in memory of his late wife, Dianne, who was twice a cancer survivor before succumbing to a stroke. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s Bill Bates to walk 60 miles for charity in memory of loving wife

Each day, from the moment he first awakes to his final thought before drifting into an evening slumber, memories of Dianne linger in the mind of Bill Bates. She was his rock, the force pushing him forward to be a better man, as well as the love of his life after 13 years of marriage.

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Water bill discussion tabled in Belding

Belding City Council members discussed the reimbursement of a residential water bill at Tuesday’s meeting. The item was added to the agenda at the start of the meeting by Councilman Dennis Cooper.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 4, 2015

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Greenville’s Alec O’Connor (1) and Nolan MacMillen (8) bring down Kenowa Hills running back Ryan Doyle during Thursday’s game at Legacy Field. Doyle rushed for 359 yards.  - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Kenowa Hills runs wild in 49-26 win over Greenville

Kenowa Hills is big and physical along the offensive line. Ryan Doyle was the beneficiary of that size. The Knights senior rushed for 359 of Kenowa’s 449 rushing yards in a 49-26 victory over the Greenville Yellow Jackets at Legacy Field on Thursday night.