When Charles Dickinson stepped outside his home Wednesday afternoon to the sight of thick black smoke rising not far in the distance, his heart immediately sank. A nearby house was on fire and he had a gut feeling he may know the homeowner.
“In years to come, keep fresh and green, the dream of our Montcalm.” That final lyric of the Montcalm Community College (MCC) alma mater reverberated strongly Monday afternoon as it was sung proudly in harmony on the Sidney campus by faculty, students and friends of the college.
Pick a road — any road — in Michigan, and one is bound to find themselves grumbling about the cracks, bumps and potholes they encounter along the way. It’s fact more than argument that the mitten state is ranked as one of the worst in the nation for road quality.
Area students considering a career in agriculture just got a serious leg up thanks to a cooperative agreement signed Friday between Michigan State University (MSU) and Montcalm Community College (MCC). That agreement brings many new agriculture resources to MCC while at the same time streamlining the degree process and reducing overall tuition costs.
Sheridan Community Hospital is in the minority, but continues to serve the majority of those who live in the heart of Montcalm County. Carson Health, which has been an affiliate of Lansing-based Sparrow Heath Systems since 1997, officially merged with Sparrow on Feb. 1 and is now known as Sparrow Carson Health.
Homelessness is a powerful word. It conjures a composite of images: A man begging for change under a bridge. A woman holding a sign by a freeway exit. A filthy, bearded man in stained pants sleeping under newspapers on a park bench. A sad-looking woman in a ratty coat pushing a shopping cart full of junk down the street.
Nicole Cooley’s day doesn’t begin with the rest of her high school peers. It starts much earlier, around 1 a.m. when the Vestaburg High School sophomore delivers newspapers. After about several hours of delivering, she returns to her grandparents’ home, knowing her efforts are helping her sick grandfather who can no longer deliver newspapers himself. Then she goes to the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) to begin her school day. As she walks through the door, sometimes yawning, there is not much that can wake or excite the 17-year-old student … until she enters the classroom of Merry Kim Meyers.
Amy Meinhardt began as a kindergarten student at Central Montcalm Public School. After college graduation, she was hired by the district to be a first grade teacher. At a special school board meeting Monday night, Meinhardt was hired once again … this time as the new superintendent.
This city may soon see an influx of light industrial expansion, assuming a deal between Stanton and a company currently located in Cedar Springs goes through as expected. PromoQuip, which builds and markets promotional equipment — like “money blowing booths,” Plinko games and prize wheels — is in negotiations with the city for a piece of property located at 1126 East Main St. According to City Manager Jake Eckholm and PromoQuip owner David Sanderson, the purchase is close to being a “done deal.”
Students at Central Montcalm Middle School were squealing with delight Thursday when several of their teachers and principal swallowed their pride, held their noses and kissed a pig. The porcine canoodling was the students’ reward for rising to the top of the North American leader board on the Manga High online math website. According to teacher Shannon Powell, several math teachers promised to kiss a live pig if the students achieved this goal.