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It may not look like much now, but if a deal currently underway between the city of Stanton and PromoQuip goes through as planned, this vacant lot, located at 1126 East Main St., could be home to a new light industrial facility within one year. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

New light industrial facility may be coming to Stanton

This city may soon see an influx of light industrial expansion, assuming a deal between Stanton and a company currently located in Cedar Springs goes through as expected. PromoQuip, which builds and markets promotional equipment — like “money blowing booths,” Plinko games and prize wheels — is in negotiations with the city for a piece of property located at 1126 East Main St. According to City Manager Jake Eckholm and PromoQuip owner David Sanderson, the purchase is close to being a “done deal.”

Central Montcalm Middle School math teacher Jennifer Thrush expresses her less-than-enthusiastic attitude toward kissing a pig. The entire middle school math department puckered up to reward students for a recent big win the North American Challenge, an online mathematics contest. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Central Montcalm Middle School math teachers pucker up for pig

Students at Central Montcalm Middle School were squealing with delight Thursday when several of their teachers and principal swallowed their pride, held their noses and kissed a pig. The porcine canoodling was the students’ reward for rising to the top of the North American leader board on the Manga High online math website. According to teacher Shannon Powell, several math teachers promised to kiss a live pig if the students achieved this goal.

Montcalm Community College student Brittany McCreery, 19, takes time to study one of her subjects Tuesday evening on the college’s main campus in Sidney. McCreery currently receives financial aid while studying to become a medical assistant, as well as working part-time. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Obama’s free community college proposal potentially ‘super’ for MCC

Speaking aboard Air Force One, flying thousands of feet in the air across the country from Detroit to Phoenix, President Barack Obama made an announcement last week that caught the attention of students nationwide.

Firefighters from 16 fire departments worked together Wednesday to extinguish a blaze at Crooks Potato Farms, located at 5450 N. Musson Road near Stanton, where six storage facilities were destroyed resulting in millions of dollars in damages. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New Year’s Eve fire leaves millions in damages at Crooks Potato Farms

This new year will be one of rebuilding and attempting to move forward for the employees and owners of one of the largest potato farms in Montcalm County.

Robert McConnell, center, poses with a group of 4-H members who recently stopped by the Trinity Food Pantry to drop off donations and volunteer their time. 4-H leader Dianne Hansen is pictured at left. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Many hands make Trinity Food Pantry work

It sometimes takes a village to feed a city. Or maybe it only seems like an entire village putting in the hours at Trinity Evangelical Free Church Food Pantry. Located at 400 N. Lincoln St. in Stanton, the pantry is one of only a few in the area that maintains regular hours. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, city residents and members of the church in need may stop by the pantry for emergency food assistance.

Stanton city officials hope to have a new downtown clock, similar to one installed this past year in the village of Sheridan, by next fall. Fundraising efforts are currently underway. About 1/4 of the $20,000 needed for the project has already been raised. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton’s clock project a symbol of community involvement

Does anyone really know what time it is? Come next October or shortly thereafter, in this city, they will. That’s assuming a current effort to raise funding for the installation of a new downtown clock is successful. And according to Stanton City Manager Jake Eckholm, there’s no reason to believe it won’t be.

Trevor Wright points to a veteran he knows on a framed collage of local military personnel at the Montcalm County Commission on Aging in Stanton, where Wright works as chef and site host. Wright, who lives in Sheridan, is also an active duty senior food operation sergeant with the Michigan National Guard 1073rd Support Maintenance Company based in Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Local officials want to create Montcalm County Department of Military and Veteran Services

Montcalm County is one of the heaviest populated locations for veterans in Michigan, but also one of the lowest funded counties for veterans resources and medical care. Armed with that knowledge, along with the fact that suicide is the number one cause of death for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, local officials are creating a plan to make sure no solider gets left behind.

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.

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 Clifford Lake Inn near Stanton is reopening next spring. Thomas and Mary Stuit of Grand Rapids recently purchased the 133-year-old landmark and plan to restore it to its former glory. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Clifford Lake Inn to reopen next spring with new owners

A historic landmark for local dining is coming back to life. The 133-year-old Clifford Lake Inn abruptly closed in November 2013. Connie McKeown, who had owned the business since 2010, declined to say why.