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An excavator is used to bring down the third story of the former Carnation building in Sheridan on Monday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Sheridan comes together to send off Carnation building (PHOTOS)

With more than 75 pairs of eyes watching from a safe distance Monday morning, a collective gasp suddenly came forth as a portion of the former Carnation milk condensery building came crashing to the ground. With two excavators clawing away at the three-story structure, onlookers were treated to the demolition of the old factory, bringing forth a large portion of the community of less than 700 residents.

According to Sheridan Village Superintendent Doug Lane, a poorly marked center turn lane winds up getting used in ways never intended by MDOT in front of Sheridan Community Hospital at 301 North Main St. Village leaders fear a potential head-on crash scenario without proper markings in place.— Daily News/Cory Smith

New striping on M-66 could prevent accidents in Sheridan

A rash of complaints from village residents have prompted officials here to look at additional striping for portions of M-66.

According to Village Superintendent Doug Lane, there are currently four problem areas, two of which if left unchecked could result in serious head-on collisions.

The lab where machine and tool students will learn to use the tools of their trade at the Montcalm Area Career Center in Sidney. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Machine and tool program coming to career center

The cosmetology program may be coming to an end, but machine and tool programs are coming to Montcalm County. During Thursday’s Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education, Celena Mills, associate superintendent of the Career Technical Education (CTE) center, reported on the progress of the new machine and tool program readying for launch.

Bricks from the former Carnation building will be sold for $5 each starting Feb. 22 with funds going toward a community mural to be painted on the north side of Chemical Bank in Sheridan, as well as other community improvements. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Demolition is underway on Sheridan’s old Carnation building

Carol Brand has lived in this village all her life — more than 70 years now — and the old milk condensery has always been a part of the landscape. Her grandfather, Jay Flennery, was a dairy farmer and sold his milk to “the can,” as locals called the cannery. Brand recalls as a girl going on a school field trip of the facility and seeing the “great, big, huge evaporator.”

A sign directs motorists to the Montcalm County Animal Shelter at 154 Quarterline St. in Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County Animal Control wants more explanatory moniker

Is Montcalm County in the business of controlling or caring for animals? Angie Hollinshead thinks it’s both. That’s why the director of Montcalm County Animal Control wants to change her department’s name. Hollinshead presented her idea at Monday’s Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee.

Randy Scheese, an instructor at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) in Sidney, goes over key vocabulary terms with his students in his automotive maintenance and repair class. Scheese, in his first year as an instructor, sees the benefits in a new teaching methods and evaluation process in the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support framework the MACC is undertaking. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Career center’s new model aims at improving literacy and behavior

In the five years he has been a para-professional at the Montcalm Area Career Center, Randy Scheese has noticed something alarming — several 11th and 12th grade students in the classrooms were struggling to read.

Central Montcalm High School senior Sawyer Bartz, 17, takes a moment to reread the letter from Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, who recommended him for appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm senior aiming to attend U.S. Military Academy

Sawyer Bartz was visibly nervous as he sat in a waiting room, having arrived early for an important interview, when a man dressed in a suit and tie approached him. The man seated himself beside Bartz, and politely asked what it was he was waiting for.

“I’m just sitting here waiting for my nomination interview,” he said. “I’m hoping to be appointed to West Point.”

Stanton residents currently drop off recyclables at collection sites like this one operated by Montcalm County. Curbside recycling pickup is not included in the city’s new solid waste contract with Republic Services, but it is a feature that could be added in the future. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Stanton votes to not include curbside pickup for recyclables in trash contract

Curbside pickup for recyclables won’t be a part of Stanton’s benefits with a new trash service contract with Republic Services, but it’s still an option.

The Stanton City Commission unanimously voted Tuesday night to finalize a five-year contract with Republic Services, which has serviced the city for solid waste pickup for more than 10 years.

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BREAKING NEWS: Morse sentenced for Sidney Township murder

A Sidney Township man was sentenced to up to 75 years in prison today for murdering an elderly man last spring at Nevins Lake.

Alan Morse, 48,was sentenced to from 26 to 75 years in prison for the murder of Alan “Dale” Nelson.

Montcalm County Commissioner Ron Baker, right, takes a moment to speak with Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, after Monday afternoon’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons defend law restricting ballot communication

Facing criticism from local officials, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan are defending legislation they believe is being incorrectly interpreted. During Monday afternoon’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College, Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen addressed Emmons about Public Act 269, a campaign finance law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Jan. 6.