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Mandy Branderhorst, a school nurse at the Seiter Education Center, left, works with special education students Shane Durfee, center, and Rylee Hoover, right, Friday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MAISD special education proposal in the hands of voters

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District millage vote on Tuesday may say “special education” on the ballot, but the issue affects all children in Montcalm County. Tuesday’s proposal will ask voters whether to restore the MAISD’s special ed millage — currently 2.1878 mills — to 2.50, as well as add another mill for a total of 3.50 mills.


Funeral Notices for May 3, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, May 3, 2014

Ellis Elementary School second grade students Kysa Johnson, 8, left, and Lauren Antcliff, 8, work together to plant a tree on the school grounds Wednesday morning in Belding. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Going green at Ellis Elementary School

In association with Arbor Day, and achieving Ellis Elementary School’s goal of achieving “Green School” status, students at the school planted trees and flowers throughout the school grounds Wednesday morning.

Students exit the Carson City-Crystal Upper Elementary, Middle School and High School complex after school ends Wednesday afternoon. A vote for a millage extension on Tuesday would give nearly $11 million to Carson City-Crystal Area Schools, allowing for upgrades and renovations to buildings, technology and transportation.

Carson City-Crystal school bond vote set for Tuesday

On Tuesday, voters within the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools district will decide whether the district will receive a major overhaul to the tune of nearly $11 million in the form of a bond proposal.


Funeral Notices — Friday, May 2, 2014

Funeral notices for Friday, May 2, 2014

Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Summer is coming, how will we use it?

It hardly seems possible that it is May already and another school year is winding down. Although parents and the community have been very understanding and supportive of the added days needed before school recesses due to the many snow days, you do hear an occasional lament about summer starting so late.


OUR VIEW: Vote ‘yes’ to seniors’ agency millage renewal

On Tuesday, voters will be asked to continue funding a service for some of our most worthy citizens. The Montcalm County Commission on Aging serves our local senior citizens, many of whom live below the poverty level.


Weekend benefit set in honor of Greenville cancer patient

Inspiration can sometimes come from a complete stranger. Karen Mays had never met Bree Town, who was diagnosed in 2012 with acute myeloid leukemia, but Mays, who lives in Belding, couldn’t help but want to do something for the Greenville girl.

The Montcalm County Central Dispatch Center in Stanton, pictured, will be asking voters Tuesday to renew a 911 surcharge which will collect up to $2.85 per phone line in the county. The surcharge, which is a renewal from that approved by voters in 2010, is charged monthly to each phone registered in the county, both landlines and cell phones. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

911 surcharge renewal would help purchase new technology

Tuesday’s election ballot will include several proposals up for vote, including a 911 surcharge renewal, which would collect up to $2.85 a month per phone line in Montcalm County. The surcharge, which is a renewal from that approved by voters in 2010, is charged monthly to each phone registered in the county — both landlines and cell phones.


OUR VIEW: Michigan needs roads scholars

Welcome to Michigan! You’ve undoubtedly seen the message on the signs welcoming highway travelers entering our state’s borders.