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Volunteers and employees with the Mid-Michigan District Health Department work together during a preparedness exercise at Central Montcalm High School on Wednesday as officials gather in the center of the gymnasium to evaluate the exercise. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Be it a medical epidemic or a release of harmful chemicals by terrorists, preparing for the worst of outcomes is not only important, but required for the Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD). On Wednesday morning, officials with the department did necessary steps to do just that — be prepared — by staging an emergency preparedness exercise.

Montcalm County sues Daily News, sheriff candidates over FOIA requests

Posted in: Politics, Politics Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

The chief judge of Ionia and Montcalm counties has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Montcalm County against The Daily News and two sheriff candidates after The Daily News filed a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain the candidates’ personnel files.

Montcalm County commissioners left in the dark over lawsuit

Posted in: Politics, Politics Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

The entire Montcalm County Board of Commissioners were left in the dark when Montcalm County sued The Daily News, Undersheriff Mike Williams and Deputy Charlie Mahar on Friday. Commissioners were not told about the lawsuit when they met for their regular monthly meeting Monday and they did not know the case went to trial and was dismissed by a judge Tuesday.

IN BRIEF: Montcalm County hears sobering audit report

Posted in: Local Monday, July 25th, 2016

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard a sobering audit report today and unanimously voted to approve the report.

Bill Tucker from Abraham & Gaffney gave the report based on county financial statements from September 2015. He pointed out several weaknesses and failures in the county’s current financial statements, as well as those from years past.

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 [...]

CM alums help out at JV camp

Posted in: High School, Sports, Sports Top Story, Stanton Friday, July 22nd, 2016

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 [...]

SPORTS GALORE: One last column, one last thank you

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School Friday, June 24th, 2016

I’ve been thinking for a few weeks on what and how to write my final column as sports editor of The Daily News. As I write this column, I’m still not exactly sure what to say, so I’m just going to type what comes to mind. After 15 1/2 years, today is my final day working for Stafford Publishing.

Kemp, Jason lead Daily News Track Classic

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, Sports Top News, Sports Top Story Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

In a track meet pitting the area’s best of the best, a pair of juniors stood out among the rest. On a beautiful Tuesday evening, the annual Daily News Track Classic was held at Greenville High School. The meet consists of the best athletes from The Daily News coverage area, minus Montabella (they opt to compete at the Morning Sun Invitational), plus Cedar Springs. Greenville junior Landon Kemp, winner of three events, and Tri County junior Aaron Jason, winner of two events, were named the top male and female athletes of the meet. This was the third time Kemp won the honor and first for Jason.

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  • S.H.E.: Suggestions for the eccentric reader

    Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
    Posted in: Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle

    When people ask me what I am currently reading, I often struggle to answer. Do I give them the solid answer of the latest non-fiction historical book? Or should I mention something a little less safe, more trashy and much more fun?

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  • S.H.E.: Struggling against adulthood

    Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
    Posted in: Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle

    My best friend, Steph, is getting married today.

    She is getting married, I’m married and my other best friends are married. I have friends my age that have kids — on purpose. I look around at my life and can’t help but wonder…whose idea was it to put us in charge?
    It feels like it was only a month ago that I had to depend on direction and care from adults.

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  • Flat River Watershed meetings scheduled for July and August

    Monday, July 18th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    Four meetings will be held throughout the Flat River Watershed to present water quality data and discuss recommendations to restore and protect the watershed.

    Spanning 564 square miles in Kent, Montcalm, Ionia, and Mecosta counties and incorporating three major communities — Belding, Greenville, and Lowell — the Flat River Watershed is home to a lively biotic community and viable small mouth bass fishery. Incorporating 150 miles of stream channel, the Flat River and its tributaries are incredibly scenic and beloved for their recreation possibilities.

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  • Practices in Stanton end as Sheridan Community Hospital refocuses

    Saturday, July 16th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, S.Slider

    Amid ongoing rumors and speculation in this small town, Sheridan Community Hospital Administrator Randy Flechsig got right to the point. He was defiant in his attempt Thursday evening to reassure an audience of more than 80 people, all of whom had questions or concerns about doctors leaving or the hospital closing.

    “We’re not going away,” Flechsig declared. “We’re going to be different, we’re going to retool and that’s going to happen on an ongoing basis. But we’re not going away.”

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