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Bricks from the former Carnation building will be sold for $5 each starting Feb. 22 with funds going toward a community mural to be painted on the north side of Chemical Bank in Sheridan, as well as other community improvements. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Demolition is underway on Sheridan’s old Carnation building

Carol Brand has lived in this village all her life — more than 70 years now — and the old milk condensery has always been a part of the landscape. Her grandfather, Jay Flennery, was a dairy farmer and sold his milk to “the can,” as locals called the cannery. Brand recalls as a girl going on a school field trip of the facility and seeing the “great, big, huge evaporator.”

A sign directs motorists to the Montcalm County Animal Shelter at 154 Quarterline St. in Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County Animal Control wants more explanatory moniker

Is Montcalm County in the business of controlling or caring for animals? Angie Hollinshead thinks it’s both. That’s why the director of Montcalm County Animal Control wants to change her department’s name. Hollinshead presented her idea at Monday’s Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee.

Randy Scheese, an instructor at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) in Sidney, goes over key vocabulary terms with his students in his automotive maintenance and repair class. Scheese, in his first year as an instructor, sees the benefits in a new teaching methods and evaluation process in the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support framework the MACC is undertaking. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Career center’s new model aims at improving literacy and behavior

In the five years he has been a para-professional at the Montcalm Area Career Center, Randy Scheese has noticed something alarming — several 11th and 12th grade students in the classrooms were struggling to read.

Central Montcalm High School senior Sawyer Bartz, 17, takes a moment to reread the letter from Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, who recommended him for appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm senior aiming to attend U.S. Military Academy

Sawyer Bartz was visibly nervous as he sat in a waiting room, having arrived early for an important interview, when a man dressed in a suit and tie approached him. The man seated himself beside Bartz, and politely asked what it was he was waiting for.

“I’m just sitting here waiting for my nomination interview,” he said. “I’m hoping to be appointed to West Point.”

Stanton residents currently drop off recyclables at collection sites like this one operated by Montcalm County. Curbside recycling pickup is not included in the city’s new solid waste contract with Republic Services, but it is a feature that could be added in the future. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Stanton votes to not include curbside pickup for recyclables in trash contract

Curbside pickup for recyclables won’t be a part of Stanton’s benefits with a new trash service contract with Republic Services, but it’s still an option.

The Stanton City Commission unanimously voted Tuesday night to finalize a five-year contract with Republic Services, which has serviced the city for solid waste pickup for more than 10 years.

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BREAKING NEWS: Morse sentenced for Sidney Township murder

A Sidney Township man was sentenced to up to 75 years in prison today for murdering an elderly man last spring at Nevins Lake.

Alan Morse, 48,was sentenced to from 26 to 75 years in prison for the murder of Alan “Dale” Nelson.

Montcalm County Commissioner Ron Baker, right, takes a moment to speak with Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, after Monday afternoon’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons defend law restricting ballot communication

Facing criticism from local officials, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan are defending legislation they believe is being incorrectly interpreted. During Monday afternoon’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College, Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen addressed Emmons about Public Act 269, a campaign finance law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Jan. 6.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a request for the Road Commission for Montcalm County to borrow $4 million for local road work. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Road Commission to borrow $4 million for Montcalm County roads

The Road Commission for Montcalm County will be borrowing $4 million to get a jump start on road work based on Michigan’s legislative road funding package. Road Commission Superintendent-Manager Mark Christensen appeared before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday to request permission for the Road Commission to begin the process of borrowing $4 million. The board unanimously approved the request.

Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, at left, listens as Montcalm Community College Vice President of Academic Affairs Rob Spohr explains how the college trains students to prepare for manufacturing jobs, such as using this basic motor control system board. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rep. Moolenaar tours MCC, learns about rapidly changing workforce

Lots of us probably sing along to the Japanese lyrics of “Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto,” by the rock band Styx. But for many Americans, that’s where the knowledge of Asia and technology end.

Brown bags of ready-to-eat meals were delivered to Walnut Hills Elementary School in Greenville on Friday. The take-home meals are provided by a program called IM KIDS 3rd Meal program, which provides a meal to local children in need of getting a third meal each day of the week. The program is supported by both Montcalm and Ionia's intermediate school districts and involves as many as 450 students in both counties. Pictured are meal bags that were delivered to the classroom of teacher Molly Tarkowski's first grade class. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

IM KIDS program helps up to 450 children in need of meals each week

Thanks to a friendly competition between two intermediate school districts last month, more local children will be enjoying a third meal each day. Speaking at Thursday’s meeting of the Montcalm Intermediate School District (MAISD), Superintendent Ron Simon announced that the MAISD edged Ionia’s ISD in a food fundraiser, collecting 195 food bags to Ionia’s 170 between the span of Dec. 1 and Dec. 18. The bags of food were donated to the IM KIDS 3rd Meal program, which both ISDs partner in supporting.