News
The city of Stanton owned the lot at 111 S. Grove St., but recently received and approved an offer from the owners of the adjacent lot to purchase the property for $5,000. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

This city has one less parcel for sale. Stanton previously had four city-owned properties for sale. Former City Manager Jake Eckholm planned on using the properties as part of the Stanton Housing Investment Program (SHIP), which would build homes on the property to be resold for the city’s profit and benefit. However, Eckholm left Stanton for another job, leaving the project to fizzle out.

MAISD to benefit from 3-year sex ed grant

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Saturday, January 14th, 2017

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District has been awarded a grant that was given to only 19 other districts nationwide.

The Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Grant provides sexual risk avoidance education for special education students in self-contained classrooms, which have smaller groups of students.

MCC Board appoints new trustee

Posted in: Local Thursday, January 12th, 2017

A new trustee has been appointed to the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees. Esther Combs of Crystal was unanimously appointed to the board during Tuesday evening’s regular meeting. Combs fills the spot vacated by Montcalm County Sheriff Michael Williams in December 2016. Statute does not allow Williams to serve as a trustee in his new role as sheriff. Combs’ term will expire in December 2018.

Stanton sells lot once tabbed for city investment to next-door residents

Posted in: Local, News Top Story, S.Slider Thursday, January 12th, 2017

This city has one less parcel for sale. Stanton previously had four city-owned properties for sale. Former City Manager Jake Eckholm planned on using the properties as part of the Stanton Housing Investment Program (SHIP), which would build homes on the property to be resold for the city’s profit and benefit. However, Eckholm left Stanton for another job, leaving the project to fizzle out.

Sports
Central Montcalm’s Shalie Shank bumps during a practice at the alumni-JV camp Tuesday.

STANTON — While the Central Montcalm varsity volleyball team was away at a camp this week, the JV team had a camp of their own at the high school. The camp had some very special teachers. The more than 20 campers were taught by former varsity volleyball coach Amy Tasker, and she brought in some [...]

Central Montcalm wrestler Hunter Hansen being groomed for greater things

Posted in: High School Friday, January 13th, 2017

In a high school student-athlete’s life, there comes a time when one must step through the threshold from follower to leader. For Central Montcalm sophomore wrestler Hunter Hansen, the expectation of that threshold has come a little sooner.

Central Montcalm’s wrestling team working through season undermanned but determined

Posted in: High School Thursday, January 12th, 2017

  STANTON — It’s been a season of several battles, on and off the mat, for Greg Pilkinton and his Central Montcalm wrestling team, playing short-handed and with little experience. At Wednesday’s home triangular with Fremont and Grant, Central Montcalm fell 54-21 and 66-18, respectively. But, despite not having enough players to fill all the [...]

Free program offers hockey lessons to youths

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

James Hodge has loved the sport of hockey since he was 7 years old. Now he’s getting the chance to love the sport through his two sons.

Hodge, of Greenville, has played many levels of hockey during his life, including collegiate. And now that his sons, Zander, 5, and Conner, 4, are old enough to strap on a pair of ice skates, Hodge has introduced them to the sport he loves through a free program called “Try Hockey for FREE,” offered at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex.

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  • Montcalm County Parks & Rec Committee fails to have quorum

    Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    The Montcalm County Parks & Recreation Committee was scheduled to discuss and vote on the topics of park closure and adopt-a-park applications Tuesday morning.

    However, the committee was unable to meet due to the lack of a quorum.

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  • IN BRIEF: MCC Board appoints new trustee

    Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
    Posted in: Local, News, Stanton

    A new trustee has been appointed to the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees.

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  • IN BRIEF: Stanton city commissioners say goodbye to clerk/treasurer

    Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
    Posted in: Local, News, Stanton

    After 29 years of service to the city, City Clerk/Treasurer Janet Davis attended her final meeting in Stanton before she retires on Tuesday.

    Her departure left the city commission to discuss replacement options.

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  • Commissioners hear about animals, jail visits, emergency services

    Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
    Posted in: Local, News Top Story, S.Slider

    New Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams gave his first report to county commissioners during Monday’s Law Enforcement & Courts Committee meeting. Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead and Central Dispatch Director Tim Scott also presented reports to commissioners Monday as part of Controller-Director Robert Clingenpeel’s goal of having more people participate and communicate at monthly meetings.

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