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Dianne Lowell, owner of Birdie’s Antiques and Gifts, is organizing an arts and collectibles show to run throughout the day during the Taste Of Montcalm festival. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

New summer festival in Stanton gains sponsors, plans events

A planned festival celebrating Montcalm County’s purveyors of epicurean delights is attracting the attention of several corporate sponsors.

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Funeral Notices for April 28, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, April 28, 2016

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IN BRIEF: Greenville Transportation Committee approves survey

Members of the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve of a survey to receive input on manufacturing transportation needs within Montcalm County.

Greg Colley conducts plumbing and mechanical inspections Tuesday morning at the new Hathaway Hills Assisted Living Facility in Greenville. Colley is one of two part-time inspectors for the Montcalm County Building Department who will be receiving a raise of $2 per inspection, bringing the total from $18 to $20 per inspection. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County building inspectors get first raise in more than a decade

Montcalm County’s two building inspectors are getting their first wage increase in more than a decade. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 on Monday to approve a recommendation from the county’s Finance & Personnel committee earlier this month.

Students will face a $25 per contact hour technology fee starting in this fall at Montcalm Community College after a recent vote by the MCC Board of Trustees. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MCC hikes tuition, adds technology fees

Montcalm Community College (MCC) students are going to see some new fees in the upcoming fall semester. To compensate for falling budgets and rising costs, the MCC Board of Trustees recently voted to raise tuition and to add extra fees to student costs.

Montabella’s Kalvin Quackenbush, right, has the ball hit him while Vestaburg’s Tyler Ruckle tries to field it during the first game of the teams’ doubleheader Tuesday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Vestaburg picks up two league wins at Montabella

Vestaburg’s baseball team is on a roll in the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC). The Wolverines are 4-0 in the MSAC after beating Montabella in a doubleheader Tuesday, 10-0 in seven innings and 13-3 in six innings.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, April 26

Belding 2-0: The Redskins continued its fine start to the season with a pair of O-K Blue wins at Comstock Park on Tuesday. Belding won game one 5-1. Aaden Quinn earned the win. He pitched seven innings, struck out six and allowed four hits. Dylan McMaster had two hits, while Mitch Shepard and Logan Campbell had RBIs…

United Way Montcalm-Ionia Executive Director  Roger Thelen asks Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, to deliver their opinions Monday on the issue of third grade reading proficiency being discussed through pending legislation in Lansing. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Emmons, Outman weigh in on education legislation

As Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, toured a state prison Monday morning, she received a firsthand encounter on how a lack of early education in life can lead to time behind bars. Observing a new vocational program at the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia, Emmons watched as prisoners took classes and received hands-on training in programs ranging from auto mechanics to computer-aided design.

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Funeral Notices for April 27, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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Chip’s Clips: Where the Red Wings go from here

After another playoff disappointment, the Detroit Red Wings have some work to do to get back to being a contender for the Stanley Cup. Sure, the Wings have made the playoffs for 25 years. But in the past few years, it’s been a struggle to get there. In order to make it 26 straight and do some damage, the Wings will have to make a lot of changes.