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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.

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Montcalm County launches Nixle notification service

When the Howard City Police Department merged with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office earlier this month, it brought with it many of its officers and their experience, but the department also brought its ideas. One of those ideas, the Nixle system, is now being launched countywide.

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Montcalm Conservation District struggling financially

The history of conservation districts dates back to the “Dirty Thirties,” a time in this country’s history when people were fighting to stay financially afloat, as well as battling the destructive dust storms that severely damaged the nation’s agricultural efforts.

The Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school districts are teaming up in launching a food program for students in need. The program will provide a dinner Monday through Friday and a snack for the weekend for students who qualify. Pictured is Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events for both the Montcalm and Ionia ISDs. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

School program will provide meals to ‘food insecure’ children

Between Ionia and Montcalm counties, there are an estimated 8,000 children who are classified as “food insecure” and school officials say that is unacceptable. “When we saw that, we knew we need to do something,” said Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events with both the Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school district (ISD). “Living in the United States of America, we shouldn’t have children going to bed hungry, but we do.”

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Hoisington announces run against Outman

A union man has thrown his hat into the ring in a bid to unseat the State House representative for the 70th District. James Hoisington, D-Stanton, recently announced his intention to run against current State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, in November’s general election.

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GUEST VIEW: Dave Camp looks at how to fix ‘appalling tax code’

There have been so many changes to the tax code over the past decade that it is now 10 times the size of the Bible, but with none of the Good News. That factual statement usually gets a good laugh.

But what isn’t funny is the effect that constant tinkering with the tax code has had on the people who pay them, and on the economy.

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JUST IN: U.S. 131 now open after crash shuts down expressway near Pierson

A crash involving two semi trucks shut down a portion of U.S. 131 near Pierson and Sand Lake this morning.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post responded to the accident around 5:05 a.m. on the southbound expressway south of Pierson Road.

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Montcalm County school officials hope time is right for special ed millage

Twenty-six years.
That’s how much time has gone by since Montcalm County voters last approved an increase in special education funding. In the meantime, Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) officials have made more than $2.5 million in cuts to special education services and reduced their workforce by 22 percent. Programs not required by law have been consolidated or eliminated, including the shutdown of Harold O. Steele Alternative High School in Fenwick in 2006.