S.Slider

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.

loc 0627 ew same sex marriage 7

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.

loc 0625 mt Master Gardener Club Anniversary 01

Montcalm Area Master Gardeners club going strong after 20 years

It was 20 years ago that a handful of gardening enthusiasts gathered at Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) Sidney campus to take part in a newly formed curriculum and to learn more about their chosen passion, growing things in dirt.

The students of the Ombudsman class of 2015 were officially graduates following their commencement on Wednesday night. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Ombudsman Alternative Education celebrates commencement

For many, it was a long hard road, full of twists and turns, with an uncertain ending. But make it to the end they did. As of Wednesday night, eight students from the Ombudsman Alternative Education program can officially call themselves graduates.

Central Montcalm High School Principal Marty James shook hands with every graduating senior as they made their way across the stage to receive diplomas Sunday afternoon. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Central Montcalm High School class of 2015 celebrates graduation

One-hundred-sixteen Central Montcalm High School graduates took their first steps into adulthood Sunday afternoon during the school’s graduation ceremony. Clad in Central Montcalm green and white, the graduates made their way across the podium to receive their diplomas following some sage words of advice from school administrators, as well as the class of 2015 valedictorian, Jesse Kuczynski, and salutatorian, Santiago Alvarado.