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Audience members applaud a comment spoken out against a proposed Montcalm Alliance millage Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Alliance millage request heads to public hearing

With apologies to Malcolm Rebennack Jr., better known as Dr. John, members of the Montcalm Alliance were “in The Right Place … but it must have been the wrong time …” The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners didn’t vote for or against a millage request from the Montcalm Alliance on Monday, deciding instead to send the proposal to a public hearing next month.

James Freed, center, speaks out against a millage proposed by the Montcalm Alliance while the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners, at left, and Montcalm Alliance members, at right, listen. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm Alliance millage request to bypass Montcalm County voters

The Montcalm Alliance’s request for a countywide millage to fund economic development efforts will be voted on without local voters or a ballot. Montcalm Alliance members previously presented an overview of their millage request to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Nov. 12. At that meeting, Montcalm Alliance members said they wanted to pursue voter approval of .1 mills to generate $162,000 to allow the Montcalm Alliance to join forces with The Right Place, a West Michigan business development and economic development agency which offers services to support existing and new businesses.

Practice manager and certified veterinary assistant Brandy Taft, above, says Sheridan Animal Hospital will be ready to accommodate both large and small animal patients within the next two weeks. Meanwhile, veterinarian Sherry Teegardin will continue operating as a mobile vet. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Sheridan Animal Hospital set to care for ‘all creatures great and small’

This week, Dr. Sherry Teegardin will realize the culmination of a dream nearly five years in the making when she officially opens the doors to Sheridan Animal Hospital. From noon to 5 p.m. Friday, the new veterinary clinic will host an open house to introduce area animal lovers to the facility’s many amenities.

The Harlem Wizards, a show basketball team that combines talent and comedy, engaged and wowed a crowd of students, parents and community members at Central Montcalm High School during a Monday night game against a group of local adults and student athletes under the team name Hometown Hornets. Proceeds from the game, which sold 871 tickets, will benefit the Central Montcalm Upper Elementary Parent Teacher Organization. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Harlem Wizards take on Hometown Hornets (PHOTO GALLERY)

The Harlem Wizards, a show basketball team that combines talent and comedy, engaged and wowed a crowd of students, parents and community members at Central Montcalm High School during a Monday night game against a group of local adults and student athletes under the team name Hometown Hornets. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Central Montcalm Upper Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.

Clifford Lake Inn was built in Richard’s Point (which later becomes known as Clifford Lake) in 1881. The business has changed hands multiple times over the years and is currently owned by Connie McKeown. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Historic Clifford Lake Inn near Stanton abruptly shuts down

A more than 130-year-old landmark for lakeside dining has closed its doors for good — but the reason why remains a mystery. Early this week, the Clifford Lake Inn abruptly closed. A piece of paper is taped on each entrance door reading, “Closed. Thank you for your patronage.”

At its regular meeting Tuesday evening, members of Sheridan’s Village Council gave the engineering firm of Fleis & Vandenbrink the go-ahead to apply for a state grant of $196,000. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Sheridan to go after $196,000 in grants

If all goes according to plan, this village may find itself the recipient of $196,000 in state grant funds, money that will be used to provide a complete survey and mapping of its water and sewer infrastructure.

The White Pine Library’s new director, Jodi Stockton, comes to the job from Indiana and brings a wealth of experience in creating children’s programs. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton community invited to meet White Pine Library’s new director

The White Pine Library’s new director, Jodi Stockton, brings not only a wealth of library-specific experience to the job, but also a Renaissance woman’s appreciation for art, theater and music. Stockton was recently hired on to replace outgoing part-time director Katie E. Arwood, who left to take a full-time position at Montcalm Community College.

Bill Hardin gestures with a copy of The Daily News to a large audience at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting while conveying his opinion that a proposed secondhand dealer ordinance is “ridiculous.” — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Proposed secondhand dealer ordinance blasted by business owners

Have you heard the story about the wealthy secondhand dealer? His business was doing so well that he willingly decided to use his extra money to purchase electronic equipment and begin putting detailed information about his customers and inventory online so local police officers could return stolen items to their rightful owners.

Members of the Stanton City Commission voted Tuesday evening to institute a 2.1 percent pay raise for all city employees, save City Manager James Freed who works under a separate contract.— Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton to participate in Montcalm County’s cardboard recycling program

Residents of this city will soon have some options when it comes to recycling, thanks to a cooperative effort with Montcalm County.

From left, Montcalm Area Intermediate School District board member Brian Corwin, board member Bud Longnecker, Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht, board member Stephen Foster, board member Mark Christensen, board member Chris Bradshaw and Associate Superintendent of Special Education Kathleen Flynn, discuss a possible robotics class during Wednesday’s meeting in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Area Intermediate School District considers high school robotics class

In the past few years, public schools in Michigan have seen several “noncore” classes go by the wayside, whether it be video production, choir or band, as districts adjust to tighter budgets and curriculum restrictions. But after Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht recently received a random phone call from a parent while standing in a parking lot, the possibilities to introduce a new course funded by government grants suddenly appears to be a real possibility.