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Jordan Chesney has traveled a long and difficult road through his youth and school. He is looking forward to graduating from Vestaburg High School on Sunday afternoon. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Vestaburg graduate has overcome many challenges

Jordan Chesney was just a boy in kindergarten when he began having persistent headaches. Doctors thought he was being bothered by allergies, but Jordan’s mother Christy suspected something more sinister was causing her son extreme pain to the point of nausea. She pressed the doctor to find the source of the problem. Finally, an answer was found.

Carson City-Crystal’s Andre Collins crosses the finish line of the 200-meter dash during Tuesday’s Daily News Track Invitational. Collins was voted top male athlete. He also won the the 100-meter dash.

Carson City-Crystal’s Collins makes state in first year of track

Carson City-Crystal’s Andre Collins surprised a lot of people when he qualified for the Division 3 state track meet Saturday.


Wyse, Collins lead Daily News track meet

Despite some off-and-on showers throughout the meet, local track teams were able to run in the Daily News Invitational, and do well. None did as well as Audrey Wyse of Greenville and Andre Collins of Carson City-Crystal.

Jeff Beal

Vestaburg superintendent gets high marks

“Highly effective” was the rating the Vestaburg Community Schools Board of Education issued to Superintendent Jeff Beal at the school board retreat April 22 at the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District. With a score of 86.1, the evaluation tool adopted from the Michigan Association of School Boards held that Beal was highly effective.


Adult ed moves from Central Montcalm schools to Carson City-Crystal

A local adult education program is ending in one school district and beginning in another. Carson City-Crystal Area Schools will expand a new alternative education program to include the adult education program, which was previously administrated by Central Montcalm Public School.


Funeral Notices for May 29, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ashley Ervin made a manga (Japanese comic book) for her senior project at Montabella High School. It was her dream since fifth grade to create her own manga, and now she plans to take the next step — earn a college degree in game design and development. She begins classes in the fall at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

GRADUATION: Montabella graduate Ashley Ervin leaving the farm and heading for New York

Born and raised on a dairy farm in rural Blanchard, Ashley Ervin has always dreamed of being immersed in a large city. Luckily for her, this fall she’s venturing off to college at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in a suburb of Rochester, the third-largest city in New York.

Firefighters work together to spray water to extinguish flames Tuesday afternoon while battling a pole barn fire in Maple Valley Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pole barn, farm equipment destroyed in Maple Valley Township fire

A pole barn and items inside, including several tractors and equipment, were destroyed Tuesday afternoon after the barn was consumed and destroyed by fire.

Fraternal twins Noah Tarrant, left, and Jacob Tarrant will graduate from Montabella High School and celebrate their 18th birthday this Sunday. —  Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montabella twins finishing end of journey together

This Sunday will be a day to remember for the Tarrant twins. Jacob and Noah are set to graduate from Montabella High School, as well as celebrate their 18th birthday. They will also have their graduation open house this weekend, as well as a going away party before they head off to college this fall.

Belding resident and veteran Denny Craycraft salutes during the playing of taps during a Memorial Day service at the Belding Freedom Wall. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Hundreds gather in Belding for service, monument dedication

For several veterans and residents in the Belding community, Monday was a step back in time. Several hundred members of the community gathered for the first of what will become many Memorial Day services at the new Freedom Wall and Veterans Park in downtown Belding.