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.

Members of the Sheridan Village Council, from left, Daryl Bush, Derek Wagner, Susan Wyckoff-McFarland and Don Nassif discuss fundraising efforts for a proposed new downtown clock at Tuesday’s council meeting. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Strong start for downtown Sheridan clock fundraising

It may not happen until next spring, but this village is well on its financial way toward the purchase of a new, analog clock for its downtown, currently in the middle of a major streetscape project. At Tuesday evening’s Sheridan Village Council meeting, President Susan Wyckoff-McFarland filled in council members on the results of a recent fundraising effort. Letters were included with last month’s village water bill explaining the clock project and asking for donations.

Central Montcalm High School junior Colin Kohn uses an iPhone Tuesday to film a scene for a bus driver training video students are producing for the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm students produce bus driver training video for MAISD

Lights, camera, action! That may be an outdated cliché from the Hollywood film industry, but its original intent to begin shooting a scene held true Tuesday as video production students at Central Montcalm High School pooled their videography and story-telling talents to produce an instructional training video for the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District.

Members of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meet Monday afternoon during the monthly Board of Commissioners meeting at the Montcalm County Administration Building. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Board of Commissioners OKs purchase of new courtroom sound system

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to allow the purchase of a new sound system for the Montcalm Juvenile/Probate Courtroom.

Stanton Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws discusses ongoing city infrastructure projects with City Clerk Janet Davis. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton adopts junk ordinance

Slumlords in Stanton are about to get a big surprise. A set of ordinances unanimously adopted at the Stanton City Commission’s Tuesday night meeting sets aside $150,000 of city funds to be used for the prosecution of owners of dilapidated or abandoned housing and the subsequent demolition and removal of same.