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Montcalm County commissioners discuss how to fund Montcalm Alliance

The Montcalm Alliance and the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are still trying to get on the same page when it comes to funding local economic development. Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer updated the county’s Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee on Monday about the Alliance’s most recent meeting.

Counties, cities and villages across Michigan will receive $60.9 million to help make up ballooned costs from a rough winter. The funding, which is divvied up across the state, won’t mean large repairs for the construction season, but instead maintaining typical services like roadside mowing, line painting and gravel road repair. Pictured is a series of patched potholes along S. Derby Road in Sidney Township in Montcalm County. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Money from state not enough for local road fixes

With $60.9 million funneling down from the state for road maintenance across Michigan following a long and treacherous winter, one might think massive repair projects are on this spring’s agenda.

Montcalm Community College Vice President for Administrative Services James D. Lantz, left, explains the rationale behind raising the college’s 2014-2015 tuition by 5 percent Tuesday as Trustee Patricia Hinrichs listens during the monthly Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees meeting at the Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Community College to raise 2014-2015 tuition 5%

Students attending Montcalm Community College (MCC) will notice a hike in their tuition as they enroll for their next semester of classes. During Tuesday evening’s MCC Board of Trustees meeting at the MCC’s Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center on the college’s Greenville campus, board members voted unanimously to increase the 2014-2015 tuition by approximately 5 percent.

A group of Montcalm Area Intermediate School District special education adults pose after completing a work project at the Road Commission for Montcalm County in Stanton. — Courtesy photo

MAISD helps special education adults plan for life after school

Have you heard the term “transition”?

Actually, we experience “transition” throughout our lives — babies to toddlers, toddlers to school-age children, adults into retirement. One of our most important transitions is going from high school to the adult world.

Students eligible for special education support services face many barriers during this critical “transition” time. The Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 requires that an individual education plan team address the area of transition for students age 16 or older in order to be successful in adult-life roles.

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2 Tri County teachers resign amid computer investigation

Two Tri County High School teachers resigned in the midst of a school investigation regarding alleged inappropriate computer usage.

Tri County Area Schools Superintendent Al Cumings confirmed Maureen Baker and Jeff Ells resigned in January. School officials had been investigating Baker and Ells since last October.

Renee Suchil is pictured with one of her dogs in a photograph obtained from her website. Her home-based dog breeding business Pixie Puppies was shut down by Montcalm County Animal Control last week. — Courtesy photo

Montcalm County Animal Control shuts down dog breeder

Renee Suchil’s home-based dog breeding business has been shut down — again. Suchil started her business, advertised on her website as “Pixie Puppies: Unique Designer Hybrid Puppies just for YOU!!!,” in Kent County’s Solon Township. She was shut down there in 2012 after her neighbors alleged she was running a “puppy mill,” according to a WZZM TV 13 report that year.

Teachers and aides at the Seiter Education Service Center take a moment during snack time to help feed several special education students on a recent afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County has wide variety of services for students with special needs

Assisting students to make progress in the general curriculum is the role of every school educator, including special education staff. In Montcalm County, the local school districts, as well as the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD), employ many staff who provide programs and services to children beginning at birth and ending at 26 years of age. Throughout Montcalm County schools, more than 1,700 students are receiving special education services.

Legislators such as Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, believe that electronic cigarettes can act as a “gateway drug” for minors, leading up to the use of standard cigarettes. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman seeks to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors in Michigan

Should the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors in Michigan be banned? It’s a question that is not generating any disagreement in Lansing, but the method of regulation of the controversial and increasingly popular product is creating mixed opinions amongst legislators.

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JUST IN: Newaygo woman injured in two-car crash near Howard City

A 20-year-old Newaygo woman was hospitalized after a two-car crash on West County Line Road near Gates Road on Saturday afternoon.

Members of the Coalition of Greater Greenville toured the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s (MAISD) Seiter Education Service Center in Greenville as the May 6 vote on a millage increase for special education draws near. MAISD Associate Superintendent of Special Education Kathleen Flynn, right, shows the gymnasium to the group as Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen, at left, listens. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

COGG group learns about Montcalm County’s special ed services

Representatives of the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) toured the Seiter Education Service Center on Thursday to get an inside look at what a proposed millage increase would help fund. The Seiter Center, located on East Van Deinse Street in Greenville, serves students ages 2 to 26 who have special needs.