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Montabella’s girls track team poses with their regional championship trophy after winning the Division 4 regional in Breckenridge on Saturday. - Courtesy photo

Montabella girls win school’s first-ever regional title in track

Montabella’s girls track team is going to the state finals as a team. The Mustangs had a large number of girls qualify for the state meet, and because of that they won the Division 4 regional meet at Breckenridge on Saturday. Montabella scored 117 ½ team points to beat Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart (94) and Beal City (81) for the top spot.

Central Montcalm’s Trenton Braman, middle, celebrates while crossing the finish line — in fifth place — during the preliminary heats of the 100 during the Division 2 regionals at Houseman Field Friday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Tri County boys, Belding girls heading to state track finals

Belding’s girls will be well represented at the state Division 2 track finals in Zeeland. The Redskin girls will be going in eight events after the regionals Friday at Houseman Field. Belding’s 800-meter relay team of Hallee Breimayer, Johanna McCully, Emma Jakeway and Lauren McDowell (1:47.04) finished second to Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills and is headed to the state finals.

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Funeral Notices for May 24, 2016

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Audience members applaud the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners' vote not to eliminate Animal Control and the animal shelter. — Daily News/Cory Smith

IN BRIEF: Montcalm County BOC votes against eliminating Animal Control

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted today against their own proposal to eliminate Animal Control and the animal shelter.

Dakota Shaffer, 15, shares a moment with her mother, Amanda, right, Thursday afternoon at their home in Vestaburg. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Care Network offers outpatient and home-based therapy

Montcalm County residents, like anywhere else, face barriers when it comes to receiving comprehensive mental health care. The rural landscape of the county can mean isolation for some families in need. Financial stability can be another issue.

The Montcalm Care Network, based in Stanton, is focused on helping children and families conquer those barriers in order to receive mental health care services.

Laura McCallum and Sydney Stauffer served as valedictorian and salutatorian for Central Montcalm High School. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Central Montcalm High School graduates 98 seniors

Laura McCallum and Sydney Stauffer ranked as the top two academic scholars in the Central Montcalm High School Class of 2016, earning the roles of valedictorian and salutatorian.

Throughout their four years of high school, the two have both been in National Honor Society, served as president and vice-president of their senior class and have been leaders in various clubs and organizations.

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The Daily News named best in Michigan

The Daily News was named the best in the state Sunday in the annual Michigan Associated Press (AP) Media Editors newspaper competition.

The Daily News won for general excellence in Division 1 and was honored with 10 other awards during Sunday’s AP banquet in Lansing.

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Funeral Notices for May 23, 2016

Funeral Notices for Monday, May 23, 2016

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OUR VIEW: Paying attention in Montcalm County

Montcalm County officials have been trying to alert residents to a county budget predicament for a number of years.

They finally have the people’s attention.

Greenville High School senior Aiden Ramirez-Tatum, 18, left, and fellow transgender student, freshman Alexander Rush, 15, share a conversation in the senior commons at Greenville High School during after-school hours. Top left, members of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance at Greenville High School meet weekly to share both positive and negative experiences in relation to their daily lives, as well as to discuss issues pertaining to acceptance among their peers. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Political battles over transgender issues hit close to home for local teens

High school is a difficult time in life to navigate. Teenagers are faced with a perfect storm of volatile emotions and a struggle toward self-identity that can make even getting through the day a difficult task. For transgender students, this struggle is compounded until it can seem completely out of control.