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Veterans of 26th Marine Regiment will gather in Stanton

When U.S. troops returned from Vietnam, many carried memories best forgotten, but impossible to forget. Memories of acts and times beyond the ken of those who were never “in country.”

Unlike their World War II predecessors who were greeted with cheers and parades, these boys returned to American soil vilified, pariahs in the very country they thought they had been fighting for. They were spat upon, labelled “baby killers.”

Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen applauds Montcalm Care Network Executive Director Tammy Quillan for the work she’s done over the past 11 years. (Daily News | Elisabeth Waldon)

Montcalm Care Network celebrates 50 years of service

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners looked a lot different half a century ago.

A standing room only audience packed the room on the third floor of the Montcalm County Administrative Building (old courthouse) in Stanton on Monday to voice their concerns about closing Animal Control and county parks. — Daily News/Cory Smith

County Animal Control elimination vote fails, parks decision postponed

Montcalm County didn’t go into debt overnight … and neither are elected officials going to be able to fix the problem in one day. This was Helen Hamler’s theory when she stood before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday to ask them not to shut down Animal Control.

Annette Enness, a Wellness Peer Specialist at Wellness Works in Stanton, left, and Wellness Team Leader for InShape/Health Mentor, Jim Young, right, converse after having worked with clients at the gym Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Sufferers of mental illnesses find relief at Wellness Works

There was a time when Annette Enness was ashamed of who she was, that a condition that didn’t define, but limited her, was all that friends, family and strangers were thinking about. The Stanton woman suffered from a mental illness, and she struggled to find help that could make a lasting impression and turn her life back around.

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JUST IN: Greenville man found dead along road, foul play not expected

A Greenville man was found along the side of the road Monday afternoon, but foul play is not expected.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 3000 block of West County Farm Road around 4 p.m. after a body was reported lying in the ditch alongside the road.

Audience members applaud the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners' vote not to eliminate Animal Control and the animal shelter. — Daily News/Cory Smith

IN BRIEF: Montcalm County BOC votes against eliminating Animal Control

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted today against their own proposal to eliminate Animal Control and the animal shelter.

Dakota Shaffer, 15, shares a moment with her mother, Amanda, right, Thursday afternoon at their home in Vestaburg. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Care Network offers outpatient and home-based therapy

Montcalm County residents, like anywhere else, face barriers when it comes to receiving comprehensive mental health care. The rural landscape of the county can mean isolation for some families in need. Financial stability can be another issue.

The Montcalm Care Network, based in Stanton, is focused on helping children and families conquer those barriers in order to receive mental health care services.

Laura McCallum and Sydney Stauffer served as valedictorian and salutatorian for Central Montcalm High School. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Central Montcalm High School graduates 98 seniors

Laura McCallum and Sydney Stauffer ranked as the top two academic scholars in the Central Montcalm High School Class of 2016, earning the roles of valedictorian and salutatorian.

Throughout their four years of high school, the two have both been in National Honor Society, served as president and vice-president of their senior class and have been leaders in various clubs and organizations.

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The Daily News named best in Michigan

The Daily News was named the best in the state Sunday in the annual Michigan Associated Press (AP) Media Editors newspaper competition.

The Daily News won for general excellence in Division 1 and was honored with 10 other awards during Sunday’s AP banquet in Lansing.

Health Officer Marcus Cheatham, left, listens as Orlando Todd of Local Public Health Services at the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services presents the Mid-Michigan District Health Department with a plaque congratulating the health department on 50 years of public health service. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Health department celebrates 50 years

Jane Keon grew up in St. Louis, a small town devastated by a toxic chemical mix-up that continues to result in elevated poison levels in people’s blood throughout Michigan today. When Keon grew up, she mobilized her community to protect water and fight toxic pollution, taking the fight all the way to the EPA in Washington, D.C. When John Switzer learned there was high levels of fecal matter in the Upper Maple River, he obtained grant funding to implement a watershed management plan, then leveraged a grant to assist other watersheds developing plans for the Flat River and the Pine River.