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Montcalm and Kent County Conservation Districts District Forester Nick Sanchez gave a presentation during the Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting on Thursday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Gateway to nature: COGG hosts conservation district

Saving the environment takes dedication and education, both of which the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) is chock full. This year, COGG is working on fulfilling its vision statements. Of the seven statements, one focuses on preserving and enhancing the natural resources of the community. During Thursday’s meeting, COGG members were treated to a presentation of the Montcalm Conservation District.


Woman ejected from and pinned by SUV

An Alma woman was ejected from her vehicle and then pinned to the ground by the vehicle during a rollover crash Saturday night in Winfield Township.


Funeral Notices for March 24, 2015

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JUST IN: Montcalm County BOC sends dog kennel ordinance back to committee

After another meeting full of emotional public comments, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 7-1 today to send proposed changes to the county’s dog kennel ordinance back to the drawing board.

Tara Lafferty of John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids displays a barred owl Saturday during Family Fun Day at Montcalm Community College as children watch in amusement. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Family Fun Day provides entertainment, delivers message

As a barred owl, native to Michigan, flapped its impressive wingspan in front of many curious young minds Saturday. Children watched speechless in awe. It was a rare moment that some may only be lucky enough to witness at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, but thanks to the Montcalm We Care For Kids (WCFK) Family Fun Day at Montcalm Community College, the spectacle was brought a little closer to home.


CC-Crystal school board moving closer to open carry policy

The issue of openly carrying a gun into school continues to be a topic of discussion for the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education, as it moves closer to making a decision on the board’s position. Board President Ben Adkins conducted exhaustive research on the topic over the past month, including discussing the issue with state legislators, reading about Michigan Open Carry and comparing select other school district policies.


Funeral Notices for March 23, 2015

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JUST IN: Circuit failure disrupts 911 calls

STANTON — A technical glitch caused the Montcalm County Central Dispatch 911 call center to go down on Sunday. At about 8:45 a.m., an OC-12 circuit failed at a substation which ferries 911 calls to the Central Dispatch 911 phone center. As a result, dispatchers were unable to receive 911 calls. However, Central Dispatch immediately [...]

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Central Montcalm Public School showcases student achievements

The arts are alive and well at Central Montcalm Public School. So are athletics and academics, if Thursday evening’s event — held at the high and middle schools — is any indication.

Well over 1,000 parents, grandparents and other interested parties packed the schools for this year’s Central Montcalm Educational Showcase. Though the event highlights all aspects of school life, it is definitely “art-centric.”

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Crooks Potato Farms rebuilding after devastating New Year’s Eve fire

The Crooks families may have ended last year on a tragic note, but they are moving forward full of hope and ambition.

A New Year’s Eve fire destroyed six storage buildings and the contents within at one of Montcalm County’s largest potato farms on the last day of last year. Sixteen fire departments responded to the blaze at 5450 N. Musson Road. Smoke could be seen miles away from the farm, which is located about seven miles southwest of Edmore and nine miles northwest of Stanton.