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This white bridge is a popular draw for photographs and weddings at Artman Park, located on the Tamarack Creek just west of Howard City. The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly has a project underway to stabilize the park’s streambanks, which have been eroding. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Muskegon River Watershed projects in the works for Montcalm County

The Muskegon River travels through 12 counties in Michigan, playing a major role in the Great Lakes State moniker. A group of river-lovers have been working for almost two decades with the mission to preserve, protect and restore the Muskegon River Watershed, which encompasses more than 2,700 miles in west central Michigan.

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Stanton’s financial future looks promising

Financially, Stanton is in even better shape than it really needs to be, according to City Manager Jake Eckholm. At Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Stanton City Commission, commissioners reviewed and approved the budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The outlook is fairly positive.

Proudly wearing red, white and blue, a young group of people at Monday’s Sheridan Springfest show their support for military veterans and awaited candy tossed at them by many of the Grand Parade entries. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Community supports veterans at Sheridan Springfest

Memorial Day is not about politics, it is not about conflicts, it is not about parades and bands. It is about the sacrifices made for freedom, according to Pastor Philip Van Dop of First Congregational Church of Sheridan, who spoke at a Memorial Day service at Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065 in Sheridan on Monday.

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JUST IN: Muskegon River Watershed Assembly projects underway in Montcalm County

The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly (MRWA) is working on some exciting projects in Montcalm County.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard an update today from MRWA Director Terry Stilson. The Muskegon River is the second longest river in Michigan at 217 miles long. The Muskegon River Watershed is situated in west central Michigan and encompasses more than 2,700 miles.

Lindsey, Hailey and Kelly Olger will reign as Sheridan Springfest royalty this weekend after winning the titles of princess, queen and junior princess at the Springfest pageant Thursday. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Sheridan sisters rule over Springfest

When Hailey Olger was 5 years old, she won the Sheridan Springfest junior princess contest. She was also the only contestant. History has a way of repeating itself.

Mindi McKay, Marilyn McDougall, Susan Wyckoff McFarland, Springfest Queen Hailey Olger and court Lindsey Olger and Kelly Olger stand in front of Sheridan's new historic mural. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Mural pays homage to Sheridan’s history

A familiar saying for brides is, “Something old and something new…” The two have become one in this village, just in time for this weekend’s Springfest.

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JUST IN: MAISD officially accepts superintendent’s resignation

Among the announcements of resignations and retirements at Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s (MAISD) regular board meeting this morning was the official resignation of outgoing superintendent, Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht.

The board approved his resignation, which is effective June 30. Koenigsknecht has accepted a position with the Ingham County ISD.

Last year's Miss Sheridan Springfest Alexis Bannister, at left, is pictured with this year's candidates Lindsey Olge, Hailey Olger and Kelly Olger, front. The pageant is 7 p.m. tonight at the Sheridan VFW. — Courtesy photo

Springfest returns to Sheridan for Memorial Day weekend

This village’s annual Springfest is returning with a combination of popular favorites and new events. The Memorial Day festival will kick off with a pageant at 7 p.m. tonight at the VFW Hall. Candidates are Lindsey Olger, Hailey Olger and Kelly Olger.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, outlines the Republican House plan designed to fund Michigan roads during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rep. Outman defends Republican House road funding proposal

On the heels of this month’s failure at the ballot box to approve Proposal 1, lawmakers are now scrambling for a plan B to secure funding for Michigan’s crumbling roads and infrastructure. Just one week after the proposal was voted down — by 80 percent to 20 percent — a Republican plan was announced May 14, designed to fix roads without a tax increase.

Michael Williams of Sidney is the new undersheriff of Montcalm County. He has worked for the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office since 1996, first a road patrol deputy, then as a canine handler and most recently as a sergeant. — Courtesy photo

Canine handler Michael Williams named new Montcalm County undersheriff

Montcalm County’s star canine handler is taking on a new challenge as second-in-command at the Sheriff’s Office. Michael Williams was recently promoted to undersheriff in the wake of the most recent undersheriff’s retirement. He will earn an annual salary of $65,000, which was approved by the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners in March.