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From left, Lakeview Community Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, Tri County Area Schools Superintendent Allen Cumings and MCC President Bob Ferrentino discuss the “hybrid college” arrangement between the two school districts and the college Tuesday evening during the monthly MCC Board of Trustees meeting in Pierson Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

TC, Lakeview start joint ‘hybrid’ early college program with MCC

Montcalm Community College strives to help students from throughout the area, and those efforts wouldn’t be complete without a dedicated reach to the county’s panhandle area. The MCC Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting at the college’s Panhandle Area Center just south of Howard City on Tuesday evening to provide an update on the college’s involvement in the area.

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Ionia, Montcalm counties get new 4-H coordinators

Ionia and Montcalm counties have new 4-H coordinators, but they are no longer sharing. Nicole Grabowski is Ionia County’s new coordinator while Tarin Minkel is Montcalm County’s new coordinator. They both fill the vacancy left by former Ionia-Montcalm coordinator Rebecca McCafferty, who resigned in mid-June to take another 4-H position in Florida. McCafferty had worked as 4-H coordinator for both Ionia and Montcalm counties, part-time in each county.

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BACK TO SCHOOL: What’s new at local districts this year

Staff and students have a lot to be excited about as the 2014-2015 school year gets underway Tuesday.

The rewards of voter-approved bond proposals in Belding, Carson City-Crystal and Lakeview are visible for all to see. A new superintendent is testing the waters at Central Montcalm while incoming freshman are making a “graduation pledge” at Greenville.

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Howard City Village Council now supports Latitudes apartments

After learning more details about a proposal to build high-end apartments above a local restaurant, most of the Howard City Village Council now supports the idea. The council voted 4-2 in favor of the proposal at a special meeting Wednesday night. The move was a reversal of a 6-1 vote against the proposal last month.

Latitudes Restaurant and Steelhead Tavern is housed in a century-old building that previously served as home to the Howard City Hotel. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council unsure about Latitudes apartments

Frank Zamarippa opened Latitudes Roadhouse and Steelhead Tavern in 2003 with the goal of bringing well-crafted regional and seasonal food to a unique dining experience in downtown Howard City. Eleven years later, the gastro pub is going strong, with more than 20 employees working in the historic building which formerly housed the Howard City Hotel more than a century ago.

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Township ballot proposals, renewals all pass

Results from township ballot proposals, renewals and board elections.

Justin Amash

Amash survives Ellis challenge

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, once again earned the Republican nod for congressman for Michigan’s 3rd District by defeating fellow Republican challenger Brian Ellis on Tuesday.

Lisa Posthumus Lyons

Lyons wins easily in 86th District

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, earned her party’s nod in Tuesday’s primary election, topping her opponent Angela Rigas, also a Republican from Alto.

John Moolenaar

Moolenaar claims 4th District GOP primary victory

A state senator is one step closer to representing the 15-county 4th District of Michigan. John Moolenaar, 53, of Midland, bested two other Republicans in one of Tuesday’s hottest primary election races. He came out on top with 34,401 votes. His main opponent Paul Mitchell, of Saginaw, had 23,844 votes. Peter Konetchy, of Roscommon, finished a distant third with 7,408 votes.

James Hoisington

Hoisington to face Outman for 70th District

A Democrat from Stanton will take on the current Republican state representative for the 70th District seat in November. James Hoisington bested Ken Hart in a close race to win the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary election.