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Lakeview, Tri County leaders address MCC board

The Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees swung up into the Panhandle on Tuesday evening to meet with educational leaders eager to make a change for the better. Tri County Area Schools Superintendent Al Cumings and Lakeview Community Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin sat before the college board at the Panhandle Community Center to discuss their hopes and dreams for their districts as the two newest superintendents in the county.

Carson City-Crystal girls basketball coach Larry Farmer goes over a play with his team during a timeout against Morley Stanwood in the Class C regional semifinals. Farmer coached his team to an 18-5 overall record and earned AP Class C Coach of the Year special mention this year.

CC-C’s Farmer earns coach of the year honor

The Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team won its first league title since 1983 and then won its first district title since 1984. Their season ended with a loss to top ranked Morley Stanwood — Class C state semifinalist after a 59-44 quarterfinals victory over Saginaw Nouvel on Tuesday — in the regional semifinals.


Montcalm County treasurer hires new deputy treasurer

Montcalm County has a new deputy treasurer. Dorinda Kirshman began deputy treasurer duties on March 5. She replaces former deputy treasurer JoAnne Vukin, who is now treasurer. Vukin was in charge of hiring her own replacement.

Available for $50, a brick can be customized with any name and will be placed on the grounds of the new Belding Veterans Memorial, which will be built along the east and west sides of the Pere Marquette Depot on Gibson Street in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Freedom Wall brick fundraiser under way at Belding Leppink’s

With a goal to construct the Belding Freedom Wall sometime in May, Belding resident and veteran Denny Craycraft will be fundraising throughout the week at Leppink’s Food Center in Belding, offering residents the chance to embed themselves in the grounds of the monument by purchasing a brick which will be placed just outside the monument.


Central Montcalm will interview 2 superintendent hopefuls

Interviews for two superintendent applicants who hope to take over the helm at Central Montcalm Public School are set for March 22. The two candidates — Troy Lindley, a middle school principal at Newaygo Public Schools, and Kristi Teall, curriculum director and assessment director at Central Montcalm — are vying for the position currently held by Jake Helms, who will retire at the end of this school year.


Funeral Notices for March 14, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Greenville City Council OKs Master Plan

The community will now have just over 60 days to review the Greenville Master Plan and give their input. During Tuesday night’s joint Greenville City Council and Greenville Planning Commission meeting, the Greenville Master Plan was presented to the City Council. The council accepted the plan at the conclusion of the meeting.

Court security officer Bruce Schnepp screens a woman’s purse and laptop in the Montcalm County Court Complex in Stanton. The future of court security is unknown after a countywide law enforcement millage failed two weeks ago today. (Daily News/Cory Smith)

Montcalm County commissioners look for ways to save court security

Two weeks after a countywide law enforcement millage vote failed, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is still trying to find a way to retain court security. A 1 mill property tax increase which would have generated $1.564 million over five years for the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office failed on Feb. 28 with 4,205 “no” votes and 4,085 “yes” votes — a difference of 120 votes.

Shelly Westbrook has officially began her position as the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation director. There will be a meet and greet with Westbrook from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Spectrum Health conference room. — Daily News/ Kelli Ameling

Hospital’s new foundation director ready to meet community

A meet and greet is planned for Friday to welcome the new director of the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation. From 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the United Hospital conference room, the community will be able to engage in conversation at a meet and greet with newly named director Shelly Westbrook.


New Ionia-Montcalm 4-H coordinator gone already

Ionia and Montcalm counties hired and then lost a new 4-H coordinator, all in the same week. Pat Dignum, a 4-H educator in the Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Office in Stanton, introduced new 4-H coordinator Justin Selden to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Feb. 27. Selden was set to coordinate 4-H activities part-time in each county.