News

dnlogo

UPDATE: Montcalm County child dies from meningitis

The Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD) has been informed of the death of a 1-year-old Montcalm County child. The death is believed to be caused from complications of haemophilus influenza type b meningitis.

Judge Charles Simon, center, poses with recently-sworn in children’s advocates Tuesday at the Montcalm County Court Complex; from left, Jeffrey Bennett, Ronald Massanari, Rhonda Massanari, Simons, Brigitte Aggas and Michael Kattreh. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates help courts with at-risk kids

By the time the courts become involved in a domestic situation, things are complicated. Wives, husbands, sons, daughters … all can be victims. But too often, those most hurt are those least able to speak for themselves: The children.

Scott Koenigsknecht has been Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s superintendent since 2007. His last day with the MAISD is today. He was hired as superintendent for Ingham Intermediate School District. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Dr. K reflects on his time with MAISD

As he readies for a new challenge, Scott Koenigsknecht is reflecting on his past eight years with the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) during his last week on the job. When he arrived in 2007, “Dr. K,” as he’s known, brought the knowledge and experience of a teacher, a principal and a high school superintendent. The advancement of his career to the head of MAISD was the pinnacle of his career at that point.

dnlogo

JUST IN: Dirt biker seriously injured by car in Pine Township

A man was seriously injured Sunday afternoon after being struck by a car while walking his dirt bike down a road. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident around 12:08 p.m. on Lake Road south of Stanton Road.

Kai Loni Redner, 26, at left, and Rebecca Rowe, 23, both of Lakeview, proudly display their marriage license in front of the Montcalm County Administrative Building (old courthouse) in Stanton on Friday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview women first same-sex couple to marry in Montcalm County

Like many Americans, the two women learned the news from a Facebook post. Kai Loni Redner, 26, and Rebecca Rowe, 23, both of Lakeview, were helping a family member move Friday morning when they heard about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the United States.

loc 0627 ew same sex marriage 7

JUST IN: Montcalm County has first same-sex marriage

Bursting into the Montcalm County Clerk’s Office just before the noon lunch hour today, the two women were breathless and smiling.

“We’re here to get married!” they exclaimed.

loc 0625 mt Master Gardener Club Anniversary 01

Montcalm Area Master Gardeners club going strong after 20 years

It was 20 years ago that a handful of gardening enthusiasts gathered at Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) Sidney campus to take part in a newly formed curriculum and to learn more about their chosen passion, growing things in dirt.

Scott Wright

Montcalm County hires new maintenance director

Montcalm County has a new director of maintenance and grounds. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 5-4 on Monday to hire Scott Wright of Evergreen Township.

dnlogo

JUST IN: Montcalm County approves ambulance bids

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved multiple Emergency Medical Services vehicle requests at today’s meeting.

dnlogo

Central Montcalm school board approves next year’s budget

As the empty halls reflect the fact that school has been out for nearly 10 days, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education still had business to finish before it could wrap up its school year. The board, meeting in the high school media center Monday night, approved by a 7-0 vote final amendments to the 2014-2015 general fund and food service budgets before moving on to approve the proposed 2015-2016 budget.