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Just A Dream Huntz helps out new hunters

With the echo of the shot still ringing through the trees and the rifle still firmly against his shoulder, 14-year-old Raymond Wyman couldn’t believe he’d missed.

It was his first chance to bag a buck, an 8-point he’d spotted from a blind early in the morning Saturday. Raymond, a Grattan resident, was out hunting with instructors of the Just A Dream Huntz program, put on for first-time and beginning hunters.

But even after the buck trotted of unfazed, it luckily wouldn’t be the last chance he had at his first deer.

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JUST IN: Howard City teen critically injured in single-vehicle rollover

Three area teenagers were hurt in a single-vehicle rollover crash Friday evening in Howard City Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to respond to a personal injury accident at approximately 5:37 p.m. Friday. The investigation revealed a 16-year-old female from Howard City was driving a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck west on Washburn Street just east of Sycamore Street. Upon entering the dirt section of Washburn Street, she attempted to fishtail her truck and lost control.

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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Montcalm County 4-H’ers want full-time coordinator

Supporters of Montcalm County’s 4-H program are hoping the currently vacant 4-H coordinator position will be improved to a full-time job. Local 4-H advocates appeared at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to ask the board to consider improving the part-time position to a full-time position for the upcoming fiscal year.

This two-story house and property at 918 Richardston St. in Lakeview will be up for auction Monday at a minimum bid of $5,000. — Courtesy photo

Ionia and Montcalm county land auction set for Monday

Properties will be sold for just a fraction of their value at the annual Ionia and Montcalm county minimum bid land auction Monday.

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Grattan Academy comes out on top in SchoolDigger.com study

It seems every organization out there dedicated to K-12 education has its own formula to track student success. There are report cards, color schemes, annual progress reports, at-risk declarations and top-to-bottom lists.

It’s up to school officials to take in each of these state or independent group studies and try to piece together the puzzle that most accurately depicts student achievement.

Ask any school official which formula works best and they will probably answer none of them … or maybe all of them.