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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.

The Central Montcalm class of 2014 let their caps fly at the end of Sunday’s graduation ceremony before they proceed to exit the of the gymnasium one last time. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

108 graduate from Central Montcalm High School on Sunday (PHOTOS)

Central Montcalm High School principal Tony Petersen told the 108 graduating seniors that they would always be Green Hornets, but it was the district’s superintendent that advised them to be “be ready.”

Jenna Raymond, 18, was diagnosed with aggressive multiple sclerosis last year, but fought to stay in school so she could graduate this Sunday with her classmates at Central Montcalm High School. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Central Montcalm senior doesn’t let MS diagnosis keep her down

For most Central Montcalm High School seniors, walking across the stage and being handed their diploma at Sunday’s commencement ceremony will be an achievement. Just walking across the stage will be an accomplishment for Jenna Raymond, who just last year didn’t know if she’d be walking at all, much less graduating.

A firefighter sprays a stream of water on a roof fire at a home on Derby Lake. The fire is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Lightning strike sparks Derby Lake house fire; 2 firefighters injured

It started with a loud boom and then a plume of smoke drifting out over Derby Lake. According to neighbors, it was the loudest lightning strike they had ever heard and it was enough to spark flames on the roof of a home occupied by Woody and Mary Ely, an elderly couple who were sitting down having breakfast Monday morning when the strike hit.

Montcalm Township husband and wife Ralph and Irene Palmer fill out voter identification cards at Montcalm Township Hall before voting on several ballot proposals during a special election Tuesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MAISD special education millage ‘will support all students’

Montcalm Area Intermediate School District staff gathered at their Central Office in Stanton on Tuesday evening to learn the outcome of the special education millage ballot proposal. As voting results trickled in, votes on both sides seemed to compete in a dead heat for hours. But as the night wore on, the affirmative votes pulled ahead.

Students in Montcalm Community College’s class of 2014 took a minute to say thank you to those who helped them achieve their goals at Friday’s commencement at Central Montcalm High School. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Montcalm Community College graduates told to ‘remember to say thank you’

This year’s class of graduates at Montcalm Community College were reminded of the importance of two things as they enter the job market: a firm handshake and a willingness to thank those who have helped get them where they are today.

The Montcalm County Central Dispatch Center in Stanton, pictured, will be asking voters Tuesday to renew a 911 surcharge which will collect up to $2.85 per phone line in the county. The surcharge, which is a renewal from that approved by voters in 2010, is charged monthly to each phone registered in the county, both landlines and cell phones. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

911 surcharge renewal would help purchase new technology

Tuesday’s election ballot will include several proposals up for vote, including a 911 surcharge renewal, which would collect up to $2.85 a month per phone line in Montcalm County. The surcharge, which is a renewal from that approved by voters in 2010, is charged monthly to each phone registered in the county — both landlines and cell phones.

Dozens of different types of herbs, grown by Montcalm Area Career Center students, were available for purchase at the center’s All Things Green expo Monday evening. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

‘All Things Green’ draws in large crowd to Montcalm Area Career Center

Teachers, students and many vendors were on hand Monday afternoon at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC), where things were “greener” than St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Green technology and its application to everything from gardening to bio-fuels was the topic of the day at the “All Things Green” expo. The event, held annually at the center, was open to the public and drew a very respectable crowd anxious to see the latest advances in green technology, hear from master gardeners and maybe pick up a couple freebies in the process.

Legislators such as Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, believe that electronic cigarettes can act as a “gateway drug” for minors, leading up to the use of standard cigarettes. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman seeks to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors in Michigan

Should the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors in Michigan be banned? It’s a question that is not generating any disagreement in Lansing, but the method of regulation of the controversial and increasingly popular product is creating mixed opinions amongst legislators.

Hallways were filled with spectators, and artwork, at Thursday’s annual Central Montcalm Education Showcase. Daily News/Lori Hansen

Student talent on display at Central Montcalm Education Showcase

Spectators think nothing of it when they wait in line to get into a basketball arena or a football stadium to watch their favorite team. They are excited to see what their team can do. That same excitement was visible last Thursday ight at the 40th annual Education Showcase at the Central Montcalm Middle School-High School complex.