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The question of a new addition to the Otisco Township Hall was hotly debated during Tuesday evening’s meeting of the township board. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

Board and citizens debate proposed addition to Otisco Township Hall

Discussions became heated over a construction issue among Otisco Township Board members during Tuesday evening’s meeting.

There is unrest on the board due to a proposed addition for the township hall, and it doesn’t stop there. Some citizens are unhappy with the idea of an addition as well.


Funeral Notices for July 14, 2016

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Dan Thompson Sr. uses his cane to push down his recyclables into a dumpster at Montcalm Township Hall on Wednesday night as his wife Rita watches. The Thompsons are among many who are disappointed to see the free 24/7 recycling site shut down due to years of garbage and recycling abuse. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

IN BRIEF: Montcalm Township Board votes to shut down recycling site

The Montcalm Township Board reluctantly voted tonight to shut down its free 24/7 recycling site after years of garbage and recycling abuse.


Greenville schools discuss standardized testing uncertainty

The results of the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) have yet to be released, but that has not stopped Greenville Public Schools teachers from discussing their student’s successes and futures.

According to Lakeview Middle School teacher Dean Gilbert, students like Isabelle Dillon, left, were anxious to speak with WWII veterans during a recent trip to Lansing. (Courtesy photos)

Lakeview students honor WWII veterans by creating ‘video card’

Washington, D.C., is a city filled with memorials to this country’s heroes, the men and women of the armed services who fought, and sometimes died, to protect our freedoms. Yet, too often those who served — particularly in World War II and Korea — never get to see these memorials in person. Time, circumstance and finances get in the way.

That’s why the Honor Flight Network was formed. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to honoring all American veterans by transporting them to Washington, D.C. where they may visit the various memorials there. The organization gives top priority to older veterans and those who may be terminally ill.


Funeral Notices for July 13, 2016

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IN BRIEF: Ionia County Sheriff’s deputy gives update at township meeting

During Tuesday evening’s regular meeting, the township board heard an update from Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Lovato about the various calls the department took in the township in June.

Montcalm County Commissioners listen as Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead presents a reduced 2016-2017 fiscal year budget during Monday’s Finance and Personnel Committee meeting in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Cuts, new fees and increases part of plan for Animal Control

In an effort to quell the looming $1.5 million budget deficit that is facing Montcalm County, every department head within the county is working to reach a solution. During Monday morning’s Finance and Personnel Committee meeting, Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead presented a reduced 2016-2017 fiscal year budget at the request of the county commissioners.

From left, Secretary Brian Corwin, Superintendent Ron Simon, President Steve Foster, Vice President Mark Christensen and Board Member Kurt Peasley discuss the designation of the liaison for the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MAISD to purchase 3 new school buses

Three new school buses are going to be on their way to the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) in the coming weeks to replace buses that need to be phased out. During an organizational meeting Monday morning, the MAISD board approved the purchase of three buses for the special education program. One of the buses will be equipped with a lift for wheelchair access. This will serve as a replacement for the existing bus with wheelchair access that’s already in the fleet.


IN BRIEF: MCC celebrates growth on campuses

During a regular meeting Tuesday morning. Bob Ferrentino, the president of Montcalm Community College, gave the board of trustees an update on how several projects are going around the Sidney and Greenville campuses.