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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.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County committees hear requests from hospital, prosecutor, EMS

Montcalm County committees considered and recommended multiple requests to the full board today.

The county’s Health & Human Services Committee recommended the full board approve a request from Sheridan Community Hospital Administrator Randy Flechsig to create a resolution supporting the hospital’s application for the 340B Drug Pricing Program for Michigan.

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.”

A Fenwick man was injured this morning, driving a 2003 Ford Taurus, traveling north on Vickeryville road when he lost control on icy roads, left the road to the right, and struck a tree. — Courtesy photo

JUST IN: Fenwick man injured after car leaves roadway, strikes tree

A Fenwick man was seriously injured in a one-car crash early this morning when his car left the roadway and struck a tree.

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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Stanton to reappraise all city parcels

A study showing a significant sway of assessed values of randomly selected commercial lots has prompted the city of Stanton to reappraise all of its parcels.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Stanton City Commission voted 5-1 to solicit bids from at least three firms to have all of its parcels — both residential and commercial — reappraised to bring assessments up to date. Commissioner Karl Yoder was the lone vote against the motion.

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Central Montcalm school, community brainstorm building needs

Nearly two dozen school personnel and community members were on hand Monday to hear about possible site and facility improvements, and provide input on what should be priorities of the Central Montcalm Public School district.

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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.

Ervin Brinker's mugshot.

Former Montcalm County mental health leader imprisoned for felonies

A well respected Montcalm County mental health leader has ended his career in disgrace and a prison term in another county.

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.