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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.

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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.

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Funeral Notices for March 23, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, 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.

Rebecca Grant, left, and Robin Grant stand with their collection box at Premier Automotive in Belding for RAVE’s “1 Thing Thursday” program. — Courtesy photo

‘1 Thing Thursday’ project collects one item for RAVE

When women and children in Ionia and Montcalm counties fleeing domestic or sexual violence don’t have a safe place to go, they turn to Relief After Violent Encounter — Ionia/Montcalm, Inc. (RAVE), which operates the only shelter for these victims in the two-county area.

Now RAVE is turning to the community to help stock its pantry shelves.

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Central Montcalm looking for football coach, again, as Beach resigns

You know how Mark Beach was going to be the new Central Montcalm varsity football coach after Marty James resigned? Scratch that. Beach resigned as varsity football coach when he accepted a three-year, $36,000 deal with a professional football league in the Detroit area. The deal included an undisclosed signing bonus.

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Funeral Notices for March 21, 2015

Read funeral notices for Saturday, March 21, 2015.

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Kelly Decker named Carson City Citizen of the Year

Years ago, as a kindergarten student, Kelly Decker came upon a fellow student who was often ignored, who no one cared to sit next to. Concerned for her, but unsure at a young age how to address the situation, Decker too refrained from sitting next to her lonely classmate.

In telling the tale to her mother, her mother asked of her, “How would you feel if you were that little girl?”