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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.

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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.

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Vestaburg Community Schools anticipate higher head count

The Vestaburg Community School Board of Education may not have to make additional budget cuts this year, thanks to better-than-expected student enrollment numbers. In June, the school board approved a budget based on an estimated enrollment population of 650 students, representing a dip into the school’s fund equity of more than $600,000. The school board divided the cuts into Phase 1 ($240,000 in cuts) and a possible Phase 2.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 25, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012


SHORT TAKES: Cooperative spirit a welcome change

Prospects for an orderly transition in Reynolds Township government appear to have improved when that township’s candidate for township clerk agreed to accept an immediate appointment to the position. Robin Sholty, the unopposed candidate for the post in the upcoming Nov. 6 election was sworn in as clerk Friday, after having demurred earlier on the offer by township board members. Controversy and strained relations are no strangers to township politics, but it seems the players in Reynolds Township have taken the high road.


OUR VIEW: Reynolds Township deserves better

We’re not sure what’s going on with politics in Reynolds Township, but we do know the people who live there are getting the short end of the stick. And recent events with the Reynolds Township clerk position seem like high school all over again.


AP prep football rankings

The top 10 teams in the Associated Press high school football poll, with records in parentheses. Totals are based on 10 points for a first-place vote, 9 for second, etc. The Michigan High School Athletic Association has determined playoff qualifiers in eight divisions based on enrollment. The divisions in this poll are unofficial.


Greenville wins O-K Bronze postseason golf tourney

For the first time in 13 seasons, the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls golf team did not win its conference title. What they did do on Monday was tie the 18-hole school record (343), while winning the O-K Bronze postseason tournament. In doing so, the Yellow Jackets got over their final hump and defeated Forest Hills Eastern by one stroke (344), after coming within a just shots of the Hawks a few times this season.