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Members of the Stanton City Commission discussed plans Tuesday which are moving forward for a new recreational park near Central Montcalm High School. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Planning continues for Stanton recreational park

For the next 50 years, this city will lease property from Central Montcalm Public School at the rate of $1 per year. That agreement, currently being finalized between the two entities, moves plans for a recreational park one small step closer to fruition.

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Financial help available for local veterans

The Soldiers and Sailors Relief Commission is one of the lesser known charitable organizations in Montcalm County. Chairman Eric Halvorsen of Sheridan reported on the group’s annual activities during Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Nice weather cancels vote on Montcalm County parks

Monday’s weather was so unseasonably warm, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners decided to postpone a vote. Earlier this month, the county’s Parks & Rec Commission had recommended permanently closing the county’s day parks for the season one month early — on Oct. 1 instead of Nov. 1.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, right, answers a question during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College as Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons, address K-12 education funding claims

The current debate of how education funding in Michigan has been handled under Gov. Rick Snyder couldn’t be more polarizing. Depending on which political advertisement is on one’s television or radio, the debate ranges from an increase of more than $1 billion in additional funds to a decrease of the same amount.

Greenville High School advanced placement government students, junior Stephanie Doyle, 16, left, and junior Izzie Matthews, 16, center, use an iPad and cell phone to give 33rd District State Senate candidate Fred Sprague, D-Mount Pleasant, the appropriate 1-minute time frame to speak during Wednesday evening’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Political hopefuls participate in final local candidate forum

With just 12 days remaining until the Nov. 4 general election, there was no mistaking the location of the final candidate forum for political contenders in contested races. Attendees of Wednesday’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville were greeted by an wave of campaign signs, guiding them to the meeting of political rivals.

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CM school board gives support to Veterans Memorial Park plan

It was a good news/bad news evening for the seven members of the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education at its monthly meeting Wednesday. The board voted to endorse a Stanton Veterans Memorial Park project and heard of an increase in projected student enrollment. It also conducted two student disciplinary hearings and agreed to accept the resignation of a support staff member.

Members of the newly established Montcalm Economic Alliance meet Wednesday for goup's first meeting after dissolving the former Montcalm Alliance. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Alliance re-established as Montcalm Economic Alliance

From open to close, the final meeting of the Montcalm Alliance lasted exactly 36 seconds Wednesday. That was enough time for board members to unanimously decide to officially dissolve the group, followed by an adjournment from Vice President Bob Clingenpeel.

Stanton City Manager Jake Eckholm shows a scale model of a downtown clock he would like to see placed on Main Street sometime in the coming year. The clock is just one project the city is considering at this time. Others include an electronic sign and the re-establishment of the Downtown Development Authority. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton moves forward with DDA plans

This city’s plans for the establishment of a new Downtown Development Authority came one step closer to reality at Tuesday’s meeting of the Stanton City Commission.

Members of the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees, along with several of the college’s administrators, work through a three-hour retreat Monday at the Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

President lays out future focus for Montcalm Community College

Montcalm Community College (MCC) may be in the midst of reflecting upon its 50-year history, but that doesn’t mean the school’s gaze is glued to the rear-view mirror. Rather, as showcased at the annual Board of Trustees retreat Monday afternoon at the Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology Center in Greenville, President Bob Ferrentino updated the board on various areas of focus during the three-hour meeting, while providing future goals in the process.

The Greenville High School Marching Band performs as the host band at Legacy Field in Greenville for the MSBOA District 7 Marching Band Festival on Wednesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Marching bands leave it all on the field at MSBOA festival in Greenville

On a crisp, cool and windy autumn evening, Legacy Field was swarmed with students standing at attention, determination and focus in their eyes, who were waiting for the whistle to blow to put forth an entire season’s worth of blood, sweat and tears into motion.