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VFW 5065 Commander Donald Rule delivers a welcome speech to an audience of more than 60 people Thursday evening at the Sheridan VFW Post for the Meet the Candidates forum. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Sheridan candidates forum introduces political hopefuls to Montcalm County

With the Aug. 5 primary election quickly approaching, Thursday evening proved to be an informative event for more than 60 people who attended the “Meet the Candidates” event at the Sheridan VFW Post. Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan representatives from five races introduced themselves and their reasons for running throughout the two-hour event.

Franz Mogdis has been executive director of the Montcalm Alliance since 1997. — File photo

Mogdis resigns after leading the Montcalm Alliance for 17 years

The executive director of the Montcalm Alliance presented his final quarterly economic development report to county officials Monday morning in that capacity. Franz Mogdis is stepping down as executive director of the Montcalm Alliance after 17 years. His resignation is effective July 31.

Cadet firefighters Jesse James, left, and Kristine Bush, center, are ready to accompany Sheridan Fire Chief Ed Lingeman, right, on emergency calls. Lingeman established the cadet program last year and hopes to have six cadets involved in upcoming months. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Sheridan’s Firefighter Cadet program provides valuable experience

If that firefighter hosing down your grass fire looks a little young to be wearing turnout gear, don’t be alarmed; chances are he or she is in training, part of the Firefighter Cadet program instituted last year by the Sheridan Community Fire Department. At present, only three teens are enrolled in the program, but Fire Chief Ed Lingeman would like to see that number double in the near future.

Montcalm Community College Vice President of Academic Affairs Rob Spohr, right, delivers a presentation focused on funding the Montcalm Alliance to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Monday afternoon at the County Administration Building in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Commissioners pledge $25,000 per year to Montcalm Alliance

When it comes to financing an effort to grow and strengthen economic development in Montcalm County, the Montcalm Alliance officially has another ally. In a unanimous vote Monday afternoon, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to contribute $25,000 to the Montcalm Alliance for the next three years “to enhance the effort of economic development within Montcalm County and the region.”

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JUST IN: Local pastor killed in one-car accident, vehicle found submerged in lake

A local pastor was found dead Sunday morning after his car was spotted, submerged in a lake, by a passing driver.

Stanton coach Jake Helms holds the traveling “Red Bull” trophy. Organizers of Central Montcalm High School’s 50th reunion are hoping the bull’s current owner will loan it back to the school, at least temporarily, for display purposes this weekend. — Courtesy photo

Central Montcalm alum hoping to locate ‘Red Bull’ trophy

It has been 50 years since Stanton Union Schools and Sheridan Rural Agricultural Schools consolidated, creating Central Montcalm High School. Before that, on the sports fields, at least, the two were bitter rivals.

Beagles run, jump and climb in excitement at Rick Snow’s kennels in Greenville. Snow says his kennels offer plenty of space and houses for each dog and he is concerned about Montcalm County kennel ordinance updates, which would require him to build a building to house his dogs. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Dog owners say Montcalm County kennel ordinance could do more harm than good

Montcalm County’s kennel ordinance was updated last year with the goal of enacting stricter, more specific requirements. However, a number of dog owners think county officials are barking up the wrong tree.

From left, Trustee Michael Williams, Chairwoman Karen Carbonelli, Vice President for Administrative Services James D. Lantz and President Bob Ferrentino listen to a presentation Tuesday on a public outreach program focusing on a possible millage renewal for Montcalm Community College in the November election. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC Board of Trustees discusses millage renewal

The fate of more than 60 programs and affordable tuition at Montcalm Community College (MCC) will likely come before the eyes of voters at the ballot box this November. During Tuesday’s morning MCC Board of Trustees meeting, board members, accompanied by several task force members, discussed the likely possibility of asking voters to renew the current 10-year millage.

Members of Sheridan’s VFW were honored with a standing ovation as they marched the parade route down main street at Monday’s Sheridan Springfest Grand Parade. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Sheridan Springfest celebrates ‘peace and freedom’ of Memorial Day

Under a warm sun and beautiful blue sky, near a park where people picnicked and children played, a group gathered in a park on Monday and remembered. Members of Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065 led a memorial service at Pearl Lake beach area where they paid tribute to fallen soldiers. The Central Montcalm High School band, under the direction of Matt Reed, provided patriotic music.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, speaks during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College on the topic of changes made to the Michigan Right to Farm Act. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Farm rules causing stir with urban farmers

In Montcalm County, having a neighbor who makes a living raising farm animals or growing crops may seem commonplace, but that is not necessarily the case in the more urban areas in Michigan.