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Eighth-grader Tabor Erskian organizes packages of food. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City-Crystal students load boxes to feed hungry (Photo Gallery)

Despite the many problems and needs teenagers face on a daily basis — both in one’s personal life and in school — students at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools recently devoted one hour of their school day to selflessly give to thousands of families they will never meet. Students participated in an hour-long food packaging effort Friday, April 20, in the gymnasium of Carson City-Crystal High School, where they packaged 10,000 bags of food to feed the hungry.


Funeral Notices for April 30, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, April 30, 2012


Child riding bike OK after accidentally struck by father driving car

An eight-year-old boy is being treated for non-life threatening injuries after he was struck by a vehicle while riding a bike Friday. Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a car-bicycle accident at 6:23 p.m. on South Town Hall Road north of Sidney Road.

One person is confirmed dead and another was flown to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids after crashing in Sheridan. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Alcohol a factor as Iowa man killed in Sheridan crash

An Iowa man is confirmed dead and another was flown to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids after a two-vehicle accident in Sheridan on Sunday evening. Deputies believe a 1995 Chevy Blazer, driven by 34-year-old Timothy Cain of Sheridan, was traveling eastbound on Sessions Road when Cain ran the stop sign at the intersection of Sessions Road and South Sheridan Road at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Rebecca McCafferty is the new 4-H coordinator for Ionia and Montcalm counties. She volunteered for the Peace Corps for two years in Togo, West Africa, where she worked with farmers to improve farming techniques and food security, as well as educated youths through camps and training.

New 4H coordinator Rebecca McCafferty is world traveler

4-H continues to be an important part of Rebecca McCafferty’s life as the new Michigan State University (MSU) Extension 4-H program instructor for youth development in Ionia and Montcalm counties. McCafferty will divide her time between the two counties to recruit, interview and orient new volunteers and leaders, help with the fair and promote 4-H club activities and events.
MSU Montcalm Extension Educator Pat Dignum believes McCafferty is a good fit for the job.
“I am excited about the skills and experiences that Rebecca brings to this position,” Dignum said.


Autism forum at Seiter Center in Greenville April 30

GREENVILLE — A forum on autism will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Seiter Center in Greenville. The event is designed to provide information, resources, tools, support and strategies for parents, educators and agency staff who care for or work with individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Speakers will include Dr. Neera Ghaziuddin [...]


Montcalm County’s EMS, MAISD staging school bus disaster

If motorists see a host of police, fire and emergency officials swarming about Montcalm Township on Monday morning, they need not worry. Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is teaming up with the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) to stage a mock disaster training session for approximately 90 school bus drivers.

Kim Singh, who is retiring from the Mid-Michigan District Health Department health officer position after 25 years of service, is looking forward to her new position as director of community and government affairs with the Michigan Community Dental Clinics.

Kim Singh retires from Mid-Michigan District Health Department after 25 years

After 25-years of working at the Mid-Michigan District Health Department, Health Officer Kim Singh is retiring.
Over the years, Singh has worked up through the ranks in the department and served the counties of Montcalm, Gratiot and Clinton. “She gave the department a good name all over the state while serving the counties,” said Bonnie Havlicek, community health and education division director at Mid-Michigan District Health Department.

Belding’s Mackenzie Sower high jumps over the four-foot bar during the Belding Invitational Friday.

Belding boys, girls win own track invite

The inaugural Belding Invitational Track Meet had only three teams in it, but the host Redskins didn’t mind. Belding won both sides of the invitational Friday, beating both Tri County and Lakeview for the wins.

Just Thinking | Julie Stafford

JULIE STAFFORD: Conscious eating makes a lot of sense

I’ve been debating with myself for years about whether I want to become a vegetarian — again. And news as of late is pushing me in that direction. There’s the whole issue of the pink slime guck that’s added to beef, recent news of mad cow’s arrival in this country and my forever struggle over what animals go through to get from field to table. Not that I have a problem with other folks enjoying meat. It’s just a personal position and preference.