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Sheridan family loses dog for 3 weeks, catches him with help from community

Not everyone could survive for three weeks alone in the wilderness. Yet, that is exactly what 4-year-old Charlie did through the waning days of October and the waxing days of November. Although young, Charlie has a slight advantage to his human counterparts which allowed him to survive in the wild. Charlie is a dog. A sheltie to be exact but that certainly did not stop his “parents” from worrying about him while he was gone.

Brooke Stoutjesdyk, 18, of Greenville, is the first of Montcalm Community College’s Early College enrollees to graduate with a college degree from the program since it was created in the 2013-2014 school year. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

MCC’s Early College to graduate first student

Brooke Stoutjesdyk is in a class of her own — quite literally. She may have not gotten to walk with her class during Greenville High School’s graduation this past spring, but come Dec. 11, Brooke Stoutjesdyk will be graduated from high school and will have earned an associate’s degree from college.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, left, and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, speak together at a Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education meeting on Nov. 9. Both legislators voted in support of the new road funding legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Nov. 10. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons defend new road funding legislation

With a final signing by the pen of Gov. Rick Snyder, an official long-term road funding plan became law Nov. 10 after years of consternation and debate among lawmakers in Lansing. Eventually the plan will implement $1.2 billion per year to repair the state’s roads and bridges, as well as place a focus on sustaining the quality of those infrastructure items.

Montcalm County Jail Administrator Mark Sabin will be retiring Dec. 11 after three decades of working at the jail. He was hired as a corrections officer at the Stanton jail by Sheriff Don Godell in 1985. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County Jail admin retiring; jail may contract for Wayne County inmates

Changes are coming to the Montcalm County Jail. On Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners learned the longtime jail administrator will soon be retiring, along with another corrections officer.

Five members of the Leaf It To Us volunteer group include, from left, Sydney Bucholz and Madilyn Barron of Belding, Jordan Powelson and Ian Millard of Greenville, and Mitchell Nichols of Stanton. The group came up with a volunteer service job for a class assignment through a Montcalm Community College’s Early College course raking leaves for local home owners. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Early College students take English course outside, learn life lessons

What started out as a class assignment has turned into a fulfilling life lesson for a few young students. Five students enrolled in Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) Early College program have created a free service for local residents as part of a year-long project. The group, creatively called “Leaf It To Us,” have been randomly choosing homes that need leaves raked and offering to do the raking for them for free.

Miss Heartland and her court include, from left, third runner-up Molly Smith, first runner-up Kayla Pingel, Miss Heartland Charlotte Squires, second runner-up Allison Adams and fourth runner-up Hannah Haynes. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Local women compete for Miss Heartland crown

Some of Michigan’s most beautiful and talented young women were at Central Montcalm Middle School on Saturday evening for the Miss Heartland Scholarship Pageant and the crowning of the Miss Heartland and Miss Heartland Outstanding Teen.


JUST IN: Motorcycle driver injured in Thursday evening two-vehicle collision

A motorcycle driver was injured Thursday evening in a two-vehicle collision, and alcohol is believed to be a factor.

Cosmetology first-year instructor Rosa Waite delivers information to students and parents during an orientation session for first-year students and their parents Monday at the Montcalm Area Career Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Students begin cosmetology program with confidence, uncertainty

Though cosmetology will soon no longer be an option for students to pursue locally, a final wave of students at the Montcalm Area Career Technical Center is moving forward with high hopes. After the announcement this summer from Montcalm Community College (MCC) that the cosmetology program offered through the Montcalm Area Intermediate Schools (MAISD) Career Technical Education (CTE) Center would be discontinued after this year, students met Monday for what will likely be the final orientation day.

Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, met with some of his 4th District constituents, including Everett Ray Holloway of Stanton, at right, to hear questions and concerns at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Moolenaar talks social issues with constituents

The Iran deal, Planned Parenthood videos and gay marriage … these were the primary interests of Montcalm County residents who met with Rep. John Moolenaar this week. A handful of 4th District constituents attended Wednesday’s meeting at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton to hear from their Congressman before Congress goes back into session next week.

Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, met with some of his 4th District constituents, including Ray Holloway of Stanton, at right, to hear their questions and concerns at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Constituent concerns include small businesses, farmers, homeschooling

Other topics discussed at Wednesday’s meeting with Rep. John Moolenaar included the following.