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After all 103 Central Montcalm graduating seniors walked across the stage and received their diplomas, they waited to be able to turn their tassels from right to left and officially become alumni. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

‘Once a Hornet, always a Hornet’

Two by two, Central Montcalm High School seniors walked into the high school gymnasium anxiously awaiting the moment they could switch their tassels and officially become graduates. On Sunday, 103 seniors closed the high school chapter of their life as they stepped into the world of adulthood.

Front from left, Mayla Morgan from Oregon, Lea Rolfes from Germany, Lillian Blaisdell from Stanton and Nina Ahnfeldt-Mollerup from Denmark were part of a group of exchange students who studied in Ecuador for the 2016-2017 school year. — Courtesy photo

Knack for Spanish prompted exchange trip to Ecuador

Last August, Central Montcalm High School senior Lillian Blaisdell left her hometown of Stanton to study for nine months in Ecuador. Prompted by her “knack and passion” for Spanish and her Spanish teacher’s experiences as an exchange student, Blaisdell decided she wanted to study abroad.

During Tuesday’s Stanton City Commission meeting, Mayor Ken Burris and City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert review some of the changes — outlined in green — to the proposed 2017-2018 budget.

Stanton city manager continues budget work

This city’s fiscal year will end June 31 and a new budget laid out by City Manager ElizabethPyneart will begin. During Tuesday’s Stanton City Commission meeting, Pyneart presented an updated 2017-2018 budget.

The Stanton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was reinstated in 2014 to help improve downtown Stanton. For the first time since 2014, the DDA is expected to earn revenue through the Taste of Montcalm festival on June 24. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton DDA expects revenue through Taste of Montcalm

For the first time since being re-established in 2014, Stanton’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is expected to bring in revenue. “I’m just ecstatic about that (making revenue) and what they’re going to do for the city,” City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert said while going over the city’s budget on April 25.

Montcalm Community College President Bob Ferrentino welcomes graduates and family members of graduates to the college’s 50th commencement ceremony on the Sidney campus Friday evening. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Community College celebrates 50th commencement ceremony

Fifty classes of Montcalm Community College (MCC) students have walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. Those students came from all walks of life and worked toward receiving their associate’s degrees for myriad reasons.

Stanton City Commissioner Karl Yoder, right, discusses the confusion for filing to run in the city’s election this year. Yoder’s position, along with two other commissioners and the mayor are up for election this year. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton mayor, 2 commissioners miss state election filing deadline

Between turnover on the Stanton City Commission and regular term limits, four out of six commissioner positions and the mayor’s seat will be on November’s ballot.
However, only Commissioner Charles “Chuck” Miel filed for re-election before the 4 p.m. April 25 deadline.

Heather Simon is graduating from the early college program at Montcalm Community College tonight, along with her classmates. Simon came to the program from Ionia High School and has worked over the last few years not only to meet academic demands but extracurricular demands as well. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Early college participant to speak at MCC graduation

Heather Simon is a busy woman. She’s the president of the Culture and Travel Club at Montcalm Community College (MCC), the president of Alpha Tau Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa and a tutor.

Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, speak about the state’s 2017-2018 fiscal year budget during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local legislators talk about unfunded pension liabilities

In making their trips to Lansing in recent weeks, Rep. Jim Lower and Sen. Judy Emmons have found their time occupied by the looming state budget. During Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College, Lower, R-Cedar Lake, and Emmons, R-Sheridan, discussed their focus on the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget, with a goal to have it passed through the Legislature by Gov. Rick Snyder’s deadline of June 1.

Greenville High School seniors Kenna Allen and Kameron Carnes, along with junior Jacob Visser, learn to put on turnout gear and air packs from Greenville Department of Public Safety firefighter Mike Bunce. Students were given the opportunity to learn about fire, fire rescue and other components of firefighting from local firefighters at the Montcalm Area Career Center. — Courtesy photo

Montcalm Area Career Center students work with local firefighters

In the event of a fire, students are taught at a young age to stop, drop and roll. Students at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) recently got some fire training a bit more in-depth than that.

A “Community Grand Opening Week” begins at Bookwalter Chevrolet-Buick in Stanton Monday as the dealership welcomes new ownership with the dealership president Brandon Stowell and vice president and NBA veteran Chris Kaman. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Stanton man, NBA vet, team up as new owners of Bookwalter Chevrolet-Buick

After 40 years of ownership and ready to welcome retirement, John Bookwalter didn’t have to look far in finding the right person to hand the keys of his car dealership to. Having owned Bookwalter Chevrolet-Buick since acquiring it in 1977, Bookwalter has employed numerous people, from high school students to longtime community residents, and in looking toward the future he chose one of his dedicated staff members in Brandon Stowell.