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R&R Research, located at 19256 Kendaville Road just north of Howard City, purchases or accepts dogs and cats to sell to laboratories for research and experimentation. — File photo

USDA alleges wrongdoing by Howard City’s R&R Research

R&R Research was the subject of much local criticism and news coverage about three years ago in Montcalm County. Now the Howard City-area facility may be in trouble at the national level.


Area school leaders meet in Lakeview to discuss technology in the classroom

Administrators and staff from schools throughout the area met Monday evening at Lakeview High School to discuss technology and its roll in education. Nine schools were represented, including Montcalm Community College, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District, Carson City-Crystal, Central Montcalm, Greenville, Lakeview, Montabella, Tri County and Vestaburg. Officials from each district were given 10 minutes to talk about their own technology programs.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 26, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012

Carson City-Crystal’s Tori Christiansen, right, goes for a kill while Montabella’s Allie Ball attempts to block the shot. The Eagles won in straight sets.

Carson City-Crystal rolls past league rival Montabella

The Carson City-Crystal volleyball team used an all-around solid effort to remain undefeated in league play. The Eagles (13-5-8, 3-0) cruised to a 25-11, 25-12, 25-17 Mid-State Athletic Conference win over rival Montabella on Tuesday night at home. They remain perfect in the MSAC more than halfway through league play.


Central Montcalm second at CSAA golf championship

Big Rapids’ girls golf team showed again why they were the best team in the Central State Activities Association. The Cardinals won the league championship by shooting a 395 to win the CSAA Championship meet Tuesday.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Sept. 25

Lakeview 3, Reed City 2: The Wildcats had to even the score twice on the Coyotes during Tuesday’s game, but got a game-winner from Matt Hill off a Tim Reed shot for the victory…

Fairplain Township resident Steve Wyckoff, left, takes a moment to speak to Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, at the Legislative Luncheon at Montcalm Community College on Monday afternoon during public comment and questions.

Emmons, Outman, update public on summer legislative activity

A four-month summer hiatus of monthly legislative luncheon meetings came to an end Monday as many curious minds gathered at Montcalm Community College to listen to what local legislators have been up to since last informing the public in May. Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, took some time to update a crowd of more than 30 people on recent endeavors in Lansing, providing details on bills and other information relevant to District 70.

Guest View | Charlotte Lothian

GUEST VIEW: Musical opportunities abound this fall

What a wonderful summer filled with sunshine, family and lots and lots of music. Music is and always will be a lifelong love. I was lucky enough to be born to parents who were professional musicians. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t listening to their big band, my mother’s church organ music or a group of musical friends just hanging out and playing for fun.

A new medication drop-off box was unveiled Monday in the lobby of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office. From left, local officials who helped make the drop-off location a possibility include Cherry Street Health Promotion Services representative John Kroneck, Montcalm County Resource Recovery Coordinator Jacob Rytlewski, Mid-Michigan District Health Department Public Information Officer Leslie Kinnee, Spectrum Health United Hospital Director of Pharmacy Services Heather Christensen, Lakeview Police Chief Darin Dood, State Rep. Rick Outman, Stanton attorney Ronald Finegood (kneeling), Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mike Pousak, Montcalm County Commission on Aging Director Bob Clingenpeel, Carson City Police Chief Bruce Partridge, State Sen. Judy Emmons, Sheridan Community Hospital Director of Pharmacy Mary Thomas, Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell, Riverhaven Director Joelin Hahn, Riverhaven Prevention Coordinator Jill Worden and Montcalm County Commissioner Tom Lindeman. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County now home to 5 med drop-off boxes

Montcalm County is now home to five new medication drop-off box locations. The fifth box was unveiled Monday in the lobby of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office in Stanton. Additional locations include police departments in Carson City, Greenville, Howard City and Lakeview.


Montcalm County commissioners approve budget, cuts needed to balance deficit

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to approve the proposed 2012-2013 budget, without much discussion or public input. Commissioners voted 8-0 to approve the budget, which included cuts to balance a $733,000 deficit. Commissioner Ron Retzloff of Crystal was the lone commissioner absent from Monday’s meeting.