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GUEST VIEW: Tip your hat for choice in public education

Football players strap on helmets, Jewish men put on yarmulkes, chefs wear tall white hats, cowboys don their Stetsons and hard hats protect construction workers. Hats serve many different purposes including completing specific tasks and cultural symbolism. Most of the time I don’t wear a hat at all during my everyday activities.

Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen of Montcalm Township, left, explains details of the drafted version of the revised Montcalm County General Plan to fellow county commissioners Monday afternoon at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County General Plan draft approved for distribution

Described as a “foundation stone” to help lead to a new future, the Montcalm County General Plan has moved one step closer to being revised and reimplemented with a goal to provide policy that guides decision making for future land and infrastructure development within Montcalm County. Montcalm County Commissioners voted Monday to approve the distribution of the Montcalm County General Plan in draft format to receive comments on the proposed changes.


Summer-blend regulations cited as cause of this week’s gas hike

Motorists noticed an increase at the gas pump this week in Montcalm County, but according to petroleum analysts, the hike was caused by regulations to have cleaner gas during the summer months. According to Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski of, gas prices increase because refineries are getting ready to produce their summer blend, which has to be available by May 1.


Funeral Notices for Feb. 27, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013


Voters say yes to Lakeview Community Schools bond proposal

Voter turnout was heavier than expected — 13.9 percent of voters registered — for a proposal that will allow Lakeview Community Schools to borrow up to $12.25 million against a bond to be paid by taxpayers in the district.


ROUNDUP: Prep basketball scores from Tuesday, Feb. 26

Boys Basketball Vestaburg 58, Central Montcalm 44: The Wolverines won Tuesday’s nonconference game against the Hornets. Vestaburg outscored the Hornets in every quarter, but the final one. Mason Darmody had a huge night with 32 points and 12 rebounds. Dewayne McKinney added 17 points and 17 rebounds. Kyle Johnson had 10 steals and Roy Palmer [...]


Former Belding coach glad to be back on sideline

Sara Holt is back on the sidelines as a coach for girls basketball. But she’s not coaching Belding, where she was a former AP honorable mention coach of the year. Instead, Holt is now an assistant coach at Central Montcalm, helping coach both the JV and varsity Green Hornet girls basketball teams.

Greenville senior Kae Page fires up a shot over a defender from Forest Hills Eastern during their final home game this season. The Yellow Jackets are 17-4 overall.

Greenville ready for host FH Northern

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team has lost just four times this season. One of those losses was at Forest Hills Northern (31-29) on Feb. 5. Greenville will have the chance to avenge that loss tonight in the semifinals on the Class A District No. 7 tournament.

Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction creator Nora Chahbazi gave a quick run-through of her groundbreaking reading system for parents and students at Lakeview Middle School on Monday evening. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

New teaching system discussed in Lakeview

Students from Lakeview Middle and High schools showed up with their parents in tow at the middle school Monday evening for a free meal and demonstration of an innovative teaching technique being implemented in Lakeview classrooms. Though primarily a system for teaching reading, teachers at the middle school and high school have been using the method in math, science and other classes as well.

Members of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will no longer be flipping through hundreds of pages of meeting packets as they make the switch to wireless electronic tablet devices, which will allow the commissioners to read their packets on the devices, saving on the cost of printing on paper. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County Commissioners going paperless, purchasing iPads

The idea of moving forward into the digital age has now officially become a reality for the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners as each member of the board will soon possess a wireless tablet device to use during meetings and on a daily basis. With each commissioner sitting with their 139-page meeting packet before them at the Montcalm County Administration Building Monday afternoon in Stanton, members of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to do away with the paper packets and approved the purchase of wireless electronic tablet devices to use in order to replace the paper packets.