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Ionia/Montcalm county auction proves fruitful for prospective property owners

Andy and Molly Brown had never attended a county land auction, but that didn’t stop them from being the first two in line at the Sheridan Community Center on Friday morning.

The husband and wife from Grand Rapids traveled to Sheridan for the annual Ionia/Montcalm County minimum bid land auction. They were joined by more than 100 individuals seeking to purchase foreclosed properties.

Stanton, a great horned owl found injured one year ago on M-66, was successful returned to its natural habitat Wednesday by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office after a year of rehabilitation at Michigan State University. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Deputy releases Stanton the owl, back into wild one year after injury

Carefully, with slight hesitation but plenty of excitement, Deputy Mike LeVand slowly cut away at the cardboard box he had set on the edge of the open woods. After a few cuts with his blade, LeVand slowly opened the flaps of the box, and made eye contact with an owl named Stanton.

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BREAKING: Man with lengthy criminal record arraigned for Nevins Lake murder

Alan Lee Morse, 48, of Sidney Township, was arraigned this morning in Montcalm County 64B District Court, on the charge of the murder of Alan “Dale” Nelson, a charge with a penalty of life in prison.

Montcalm Community Trustee Robert Marston speaks to fellow board members Tuesday on the topic of submitting a grant for a new trail extension from the college to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC seeking MDOT grant to link Sidney campus to Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

The day this county’s community college is connected to its vast bicycle trailway system has been long been desired, but always out of reach. But now, that desire to connect Montcalm Community College (MCC) to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail is officially in reach, as was stated during Tuesday morning’s MCC Board of Trustees meeting.

Junior Searles walked the bass line while Jerry Waldorf picks his guitar during the Christmas in July Jamboree at Charlie’s Wag-N-Train Opry on Friday. At top left, Marie Wagner took her turn on the mic during the Christmas in July Jamboree at Charlie’s Wag-N-Train Opry on Friday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Charlie’s Wag-N-Train Opry hosts Christmas in July Jamboree

Boots were thumping, hands were clapping and barn walls were shaking over the weekend in Sheridan. Anyone looking for a good, old fashioned jamboree would not have been disappointed on Friday. Charlie’s Wag-N-Train Opry hosted its Christmas in July Jamboree at its secluded pine woods location in backwoods Sheridan.

Commissioners in Stanton recently decided to have the Department of Public Works take on the responsibility of sidewalk repair and maintenance citywide. City Manager Jake Eckholm said he expects it will take about two years to get all the sidewalks up to code. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

City Commission takes on repairing and maintaining Stanton’s sidewalks

City residents fond of traveling on foot are soon going to have things a little easier, thanks to a recent decision on the part of the Stanton City Commission. According to Stanton City Manager Jake Eckholm, commissioners decided last week to take on the responsibility of repairing and maintaining the city’s sidewalks. The topic had come up at previous commission meetings and had been discussed by concerned citizens as well as commissioners.

Judge Charles Simon, center, poses with recently-sworn in children’s advocates Tuesday at the Montcalm County Court Complex; from left, Jeffrey Bennett, Ronald Massanari, Rhonda Massanari, Simons, Brigitte Aggas and Michael Kattreh. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates help courts with at-risk kids

By the time the courts become involved in a domestic situation, things are complicated. Wives, husbands, sons, daughters … all can be victims. But too often, those most hurt are those least able to speak for themselves: The children.

Scott Koenigsknecht has been Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s superintendent since 2007. His last day with the MAISD is today. He was hired as superintendent for Ingham Intermediate School District. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Dr. K reflects on his time with MAISD

As he readies for a new challenge, Scott Koenigsknecht is reflecting on his past eight years with the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) during his last week on the job. When he arrived in 2007, “Dr. K,” as he’s known, brought the knowledge and experience of a teacher, a principal and a high school superintendent. The advancement of his career to the head of MAISD was the pinnacle of his career at that point.

Kai Loni Redner, 26, at left, and Rebecca Rowe, 23, both of Lakeview, proudly display their marriage license in front of the Montcalm County Administrative Building (old courthouse) in Stanton on Friday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview women first same-sex couple to marry in Montcalm County

Like many Americans, the two women learned the news from a Facebook post. Kai Loni Redner, 26, and Rebecca Rowe, 23, both of Lakeview, were helping a family member move Friday morning when they heard about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the United States.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County has first same-sex marriage

Bursting into the Montcalm County Clerk’s Office just before the noon lunch hour today, the two women were breathless and smiling.

“We’re here to get married!” they exclaimed.