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Newly hired Edmore Village Manager James Lower, left, signs his official contract with the village Tuesday evening as Village President Chet Guild watches after having signed the contract himself. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Ex-Ionia County commissioner accepts Edmore village manager job

After nearly three months without a village manager, this community has now found a man ready and willing to take the reigns with a goal to move it forward.

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Nice weather cancels vote on Montcalm County parks

Monday’s weather was so unseasonably warm, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners decided to postpone a vote. Earlier this month, the county’s Parks & Rec Commission had recommended permanently closing the county’s day parks for the season one month early — on Oct. 1 instead of Nov. 1.

Trooper Keith Disselkoen, community service liaison with the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post explains the dangers of “sexting” Monday evening at a gathering at Greenville Middle School. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Michigan State Police trooper discusses dangers of sexting

People need to think twice before sending a revealing photo via text. Sexting — sending erotic selfie photos via text messaging — can result in a 20-year prison sentence.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 28, 2014

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Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, right, answers a question during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College as Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons, address K-12 education funding claims

The current debate of how education funding in Michigan has been handled under Gov. Rick Snyder couldn’t be more polarizing. Depending on which political advertisement is on one’s television or radio, the debate ranges from an increase of more than $1 billion in additional funds to a decrease of the same amount.

Howard City Village President S. Michael Scott, at left, addresses council members during Monday night’s discussion about hiring a village manager. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City chooses 3 village manager finalists

The current Cedar Springs city manager and a former Edmore village manager are among the finalists for this village’s top job. The Howard City Village Council met Monday night to choose three finalists out of 15 applications for the part-time village manager position. The three finalists are former Edmore Village Manager Eric Dodson, village of Lawrence Department of Public Works specialist Daniel Faulkner and current Cedar Springs City Manager Thad Taylor.

As his fiancée, Megan Wheaton, looks on, Cpl. Robert “Bobby” Thrailkill Jr. of the U.S. Marines speaks to a crowd of Belding residents, donators, military veterans and family members at a groundbreaking ceremony in Belding on Saturday. Thrailkill and his family will receive a new home that is being specially built to meet Thrailkill’s needs, such as wider doorways, a roll-in shower and drop-down cabinets. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Marine injured in Afghanistan to receive special home in Belding

The daily routine of life hasn’t been the same for Cpl. Robert “Bobby” Thrailkill of the U.S. Marines since he lost his legs in an improvised explosive device blast in Afghanistan four years ago. Living in an apartment in Caledonia, Thrailkill, 23, has not only had to get used to his prosthetic legs and the different mobility challenges they present, he also has had to deal with the everyday challenges of just getting on with his day, be it showering, reaching for things in a cabinet or just moving about within his apartment. Life, Thrailkill said, was difficult just doing the simple things.

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Four area teams qualify for football playoffs

The Road to Ford Field begins on Friday/Saturday night for four area football teams. Pairings (games times to be decided later today) were announced on Sunday night with Lakeview (8-1), Central Montcalm (5-4), Carson City-Crystal (7-2) and Montabella (6-3) all getting the chance to play a 10th game this season.

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Multiple people injured in Klackle Orchards tractor accident

Multiple people were injured in a Klackle Orchards farm tractor accident Sunday afternoon. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident on Station Road near West County Line Road around 4 p.m.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 27, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Oct. 27, 2014