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Montcalm Community College Vice President of Academic Affairs Rob Spohr, right, delivers a presentation focused on funding the Montcalm Alliance to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Monday afternoon at the County Administration Building in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Commissioners pledge $25,000 per year to Montcalm Alliance

When it comes to financing an effort to grow and strengthen economic development in Montcalm County, the Montcalm Alliance officially has another ally. In a unanimous vote Monday afternoon, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to contribute $25,000 to the Montcalm Alliance for the next three years “to enhance the effort of economic development within Montcalm County and the region.”

From left, Trustee Michael Williams, Chairwoman Karen Carbonelli, Vice President for Administrative Services James D. Lantz and President Bob Ferrentino listen to a presentation Tuesday on a public outreach program focusing on a possible millage renewal for Montcalm Community College in the November election. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC Board of Trustees discusses millage renewal

The fate of more than 60 programs and affordable tuition at Montcalm Community College (MCC) will likely come before the eyes of voters at the ballot box this November. During Tuesday’s morning MCC Board of Trustees meeting, board members, accompanied by several task force members, discussed the likely possibility of asking voters to renew the current 10-year millage.

Members of Sheridan’s VFW were honored with a standing ovation as they marched the parade route down main street at Monday’s Sheridan Springfest Grand Parade. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Sheridan Springfest celebrates ‘peace and freedom’ of Memorial Day

Under a warm sun and beautiful blue sky, near a park where people picnicked and children played, a group gathered in a park on Monday and remembered. Members of Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065 led a memorial service at Pearl Lake beach area where they paid tribute to fallen soldiers. The Central Montcalm High School band, under the direction of Matt Reed, provided patriotic music.

The Central Montcalm class of 2014 let their caps fly at the end of Sunday’s graduation ceremony before they proceed to exit the of the gymnasium one last time. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

108 graduate from Central Montcalm High School on Sunday (PHOTOS)

Central Montcalm High School principal Tony Petersen told the 108 graduating seniors that they would always be Green Hornets, but it was the district’s superintendent that advised them to be “be ready.”

Jenna Raymond, 18, was diagnosed with aggressive multiple sclerosis last year, but fought to stay in school so she could graduate this Sunday with her classmates at Central Montcalm High School. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Central Montcalm senior doesn’t let MS diagnosis keep her down

For most Central Montcalm High School seniors, walking across the stage and being handed their diploma at Sunday’s commencement ceremony will be an achievement. Just walking across the stage will be an accomplishment for Jenna Raymond, who just last year didn’t know if she’d be walking at all, much less graduating.

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Deaf Pride Games at MCC celebrate deaf culture, strengthen bonds

William Fay can’t always understand his younger brother Jeremiah Zacharda, but days like Deaf Pride Games remove the stress. Fay, 15, has spent the last seven years with the rest of his family learning sign language, because when Zacharda, now 10, was 3 years old, it was discovered that he was deaf.

The adjustment wasn’t easy for the family, but Fay said the struggles to communicate have only brought him and his brother closer together.

Montcalm Township husband and wife Ralph and Irene Palmer fill out voter identification cards at Montcalm Township Hall before voting on several ballot proposals during a special election Tuesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MAISD special education millage ‘will support all students’

Montcalm Area Intermediate School District staff gathered at their Central Office in Stanton on Tuesday evening to learn the outcome of the special education millage ballot proposal. As voting results trickled in, votes on both sides seemed to compete in a dead heat for hours. But as the night wore on, the affirmative votes pulled ahead.

Students in Montcalm Community College’s class of 2014 took a minute to say thank you to those who helped them achieve their goals at Friday’s commencement at Central Montcalm High School. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Montcalm Community College graduates told to ‘remember to say thank you’

This year’s class of graduates at Montcalm Community College were reminded of the importance of two things as they enter the job market: a firm handshake and a willingness to thank those who have helped get them where they are today.

The Montcalm County Central Dispatch Center in Stanton, pictured, will be asking voters Tuesday to renew a 911 surcharge which will collect up to $2.85 per phone line in the county. The surcharge, which is a renewal from that approved by voters in 2010, is charged monthly to each phone registered in the county, both landlines and cell phones. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

911 surcharge renewal would help purchase new technology

Tuesday’s election ballot will include several proposals up for vote, including a 911 surcharge renewal, which would collect up to $2.85 a month per phone line in Montcalm County. The surcharge, which is a renewal from that approved by voters in 2010, is charged monthly to each phone registered in the county — both landlines and cell phones.

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Making it Cool to be Kind: Students ready to lead culture-changing program

Surrounded by students she has mentored, guided and influenced throughout this past year, Laurie Stewart could only smile while shedding a few tears as she came to a realization Thursday evening.

“They don’t need me anymore,” she said. “They are definitely using their peer influence to help other people and they are making it sustainable.”

That was the goal from the beginning — to create a new, positive culture in Montcalm County.