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Tri County School Board President Jill Fennessy, right, shakes hands with Montcalm Area Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht after received the Level 4 Master Certification for improving her leadership skills and becoming a more effective school leader March 30 during the countywide school board meeting in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tri County board president elected to MASB Board of Directors

Tri County Area Schools Board President Jill Fennessy approaches her position with an energy and passion that is sometimes lacking in today’s world of public education. And now, Fennessy will take that dedication to public education to the state level, as she has been elected to serve on the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) Board of Directors.


Saranac man dies in Sunday night crash

A Saranac man died following a Sunday evening vehicle crash. At 8:19 p.m., Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post troopers responded to a crash on Parsonage Road, just east of Darby Road, in Boston Township in Ionia County.


Funeral Notices for April 13, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, April 13, 2015

Taekwondo student Bruce Lund works through his moves during a recent class at the Sheridan Community Center. (Courtesy photos)

Martial arts are for more than just self-defense in Sheridan

Like a lot of men with young children, Troy Eckert’s dad was looking for an activity he could share with his son, who then 9 years old. Some hunt, some wrench on cars, others play sports.


Crystal Township approves brine contract

Members of the Crystal Township Board approved a number of contract agreements Wednesday evening for the overall improvement of local roads.

Though their new pub got off to a rough start during its grand opening, Horse’s Mouth owners Jennifer and Troy Palmer are optimistic for the future and are taking steps to improve service. The beautifully transformed bar features only local brews and a full menu. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Rough opening day points to better things ahead for Horse’s Mouth

Folks who once frequented the old Driftway Bar are not going to believe their eyes. The first thought coming through the doors of the recently-opened Horse’s Mouth will likely be, “Look what they’ve done to this place.”

Animal Control Officer Autumn DeVries attends to the needs of one of her canine charges at the Montcalm County Animal Shelter.

Improvements continue at the Montcalm County Animal Shelter

When it comes to animal welfare, the staff and management of the Montcalm County Animal Shelter are barking up the right tree. The facility — several years ago vilified for its inhumane euthanasia practices and unsanitary conditions — now stands as an example of what a shelter should be.


Funeral Notices for Saturday, April 11, 2015

Funeral notices for Saturday, April 11, 2015


Oakfield Township Board declines Kent District Library’s offer

The Oakfield Township Board has declined a request from Kent District Library to partner with township officials to offer library services to the community. The reason? The Kent District Library’s voter-approved “ungodly big millage increase,” according to the Oakfield Township supervisor.

Greg Wing, a field operative with Heritage Ag, tows one of the company’s planes through the parking lot at Anderson and Girls Orchards Thursday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crop-dusting pilot makes successful emergency landing

In a matter of only a few seconds, flying at a speed of nearly 150 mph, pilot Mordecai “Deke” Walker’s routine crop dusting flight was suddenly thrown askew. As he was making his return trip to Lakeview on Tuesday after a morning of dusting crops in Stanton, a “chip detector” alarm light quickly grabbed his attention.