News
Michael Williams of Sidney is the new undersheriff of Montcalm County. He has worked for the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office since 1996, first a road patrol deputy, then as a canine handler and most recently as a sergeant. — Courtesy photo

Montcalm County’s star canine handler is taking on a new challenge as second-in-command at the Sheriff’s Office. Michael Williams was recently promoted to undersheriff in the wake of the most recent undersheriff’s retirement. He will earn an annual salary of $65,000, which was approved by the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners in March.

Muskegon River Watershed projects in the works for Montcalm County

Posted in: Local, Local, News Top Story, PH.Slider Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The Muskegon River travels through 12 counties in Michigan, playing a major role in the Great Lakes State moniker. A group of river-lovers have been working for almost two decades with the mission to preserve, protect and restore the Muskegon River Watershed, which encompasses more than 2,700 miles in west central Michigan.

Stanton’s financial future looks promising

Posted in: Local Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Financially, Stanton is in even better shape than it really needs to be, according to City Manager Jake Eckholm. At Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Stanton City Commission, commissioners reviewed and approved the budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The outlook is fairly positive.

Community supports veterans at Sheridan Springfest

Posted in: Local Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Memorial Day is not about politics, it is not about conflicts, it is not about parades and bands. It is about the sacrifices made for freedom, according to Pastor Philip Van Dop of First Congregational Church of Sheridan, who spoke at a Memorial Day service at Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065 in Sheridan on Monday.

Sports
Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman delivers a pitch in game one of a doubleheader against Carson City-Crystal on Monday. The Hornets won the game 2-1 and went on to win game two 11-0. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Strong pitching and defense in baseball should be good enough for a team to win more times than not. On an extremely windy Monday afternoon, both the Central Montcalm Hornets and Carson City-Crystal Eagles displayed strong pitching and defense. One team, though, had to lose.

Central Montcalm edges CC-Crystal in pitchers duel

Posted in: High School, High School, Sports Top Story, Sports Top Story Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Strong pitching and defense in baseball should be good enough for a team to win more times than not. On an extremely windy Monday afternoon, both the Central Montcalm Hornets and Carson City-Crystal Eagles displayed strong pitching and defense. One team, though, had to lose.

34 area athletes qualify for track state finals

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) track and field regional meets were good to area athletes on Friday and Saturday. In all, 34 athletes from area schools qualified in their respective divisions for the MHSAA state finals on May 30.

ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, May 15

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School Monday, May 18th, 2015

Central hammers Cardinals twice: The Green Hornets outscored Big Rapids 35-1 in winning a CSAA-Golf doubleheader Friday, winning 16-0 in four innings and 19-1 in three innings. Scylar Blaisdell won the opener on the mound, throwing a complete-game one-hitter and striking out three…

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  • JUST IN: MAISD officially accepts superintendent’s resignation

    Thursday, May 21st, 2015
    Posted in: Local

    Among the announcements of resignations and retirements at Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s (MAISD) regular board meeting this morning was the official resignation of outgoing superintendent, Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht.

    The board approved his resignation, which is effective June 30. Koenigsknecht has accepted a position with the Ingham County ISD.

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  • Springfest returns to Sheridan for Memorial Day weekend

    Thursday, May 21st, 2015
    Posted in: Local

    This village’s annual Springfest is returning with a combination of popular favorites and new events. The Memorial Day festival will kick off with a pageant at 7 p.m. tonight at the VFW Hall. Candidates are Lindsey Olger, Hailey Olger and Kelly Olger.

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  • Central Montcalm school board considers certificates for CI students

    Thursday, May 21st, 2015
    Posted in: Stanton

    One day after graduating its class of 2015, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education turned its focus on to the next school year. On Monday night, the school board discussed issuance of certificates of completion and next school year’s budget. Rather than receiving a diploma for graduating, students who have severe cognitive learning impairments often receive a certificate of completion, Superintendent Amy Meinhardt explained.

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  • Rep. Outman defends Republican House road funding proposal

    Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
    Posted in: Local

    On the heels of this month’s failure at the ballot box to approve Proposal 1, lawmakers are now scrambling for a plan B to secure funding for Michigan’s crumbling roads and infrastructure. Just one week after the proposal was voted down — by 80 percent to 20 percent — a Republican plan was announced May 14, designed to fix roads without a tax increase.

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