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More than 50 people were in attendance for Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College, showing their concern over the issue of section 298 of Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed state budget. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Michigan’s mental health care funding proposal causes concern

A key component of Michigan’s upcoming fiscal year budget is raising some eyebrows among health care administrators. With more than 50 people in attendance at Monday’s legislative update, the primary subject of discussion required double the regularly allocated space to provide enough seating as a number of Montcalm County residents raised issue with Section 298 of Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed 2016-2017 budget.

An excavator is used to bring down the third story of the former Carnation building in Sheridan on Monday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Sheridan comes together to send off Carnation building (PHOTOS)

With more than 75 pairs of eyes watching from a safe distance Monday morning, a collective gasp suddenly came forth as a portion of the former Carnation milk condensery building came crashing to the ground. With two excavators clawing away at the three-story structure, onlookers were treated to the demolition of the old factory, bringing forth a large portion of the community of less than 700 residents.

The lab where machine and tool students will learn to use the tools of their trade at the Montcalm Area Career Center in Sidney. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Machine and tool program coming to career center

The cosmetology program may be coming to an end, but machine and tool programs are coming to Montcalm County. During Thursday’s Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education, Celena Mills, associate superintendent of the Career Technical Education (CTE) center, reported on the progress of the new machine and tool program readying for launch.

Bricks from the former Carnation building will be sold for $5 each starting Feb. 22 with funds going toward a community mural to be painted on the north side of Chemical Bank in Sheridan, as well as other community improvements. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Demolition is underway on Sheridan’s old Carnation building

Carol Brand has lived in this village all her life — more than 70 years now — and the old milk condensery has always been a part of the landscape. Her grandfather, Jay Flennery, was a dairy farmer and sold his milk to “the can,” as locals called the cannery. Brand recalls as a girl going on a school field trip of the facility and seeing the “great, big, huge evaporator.”

A sign directs motorists to the Montcalm County Animal Shelter at 154 Quarterline St. in Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County Animal Control wants more explanatory moniker

Is Montcalm County in the business of controlling or caring for animals? Angie Hollinshead thinks it’s both. That’s why the director of Montcalm County Animal Control wants to change her department’s name. Hollinshead presented her idea at Monday’s Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee.

Randy Scheese, an instructor at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) in Sidney, goes over key vocabulary terms with his students in his automotive maintenance and repair class. Scheese, in his first year as an instructor, sees the benefits in a new teaching methods and evaluation process in the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support framework the MACC is undertaking. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Career center’s new model aims at improving literacy and behavior

In the five years he has been a para-professional at the Montcalm Area Career Center, Randy Scheese has noticed something alarming — several 11th and 12th grade students in the classrooms were struggling to read.

A Fenwick man was injured this morning, driving a 2003 Ford Taurus, traveling north on Vickeryville road when he lost control on icy roads, left the road to the right, and struck a tree. — Courtesy photo

JUST IN: Fenwick man injured after car leaves roadway, strikes tree

A Fenwick man was seriously injured in a one-car crash early this morning when his car left the roadway and struck a tree.

Montcalm County Commissioner Ron Baker, right, takes a moment to speak with Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, after Monday afternoon’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons defend law restricting ballot communication

Facing criticism from local officials, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan are defending legislation they believe is being incorrectly interpreted. During Monday afternoon’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College, Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen addressed Emmons about Public Act 269, a campaign finance law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Jan. 6.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a request for the Road Commission for Montcalm County to borrow $4 million for local road work. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Road Commission to borrow $4 million for Montcalm County roads

The Road Commission for Montcalm County will be borrowing $4 million to get a jump start on road work based on Michigan’s legislative road funding package. Road Commission Superintendent-Manager Mark Christensen appeared before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday to request permission for the Road Commission to begin the process of borrowing $4 million. The board unanimously approved the request.

Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, at left, listens as Montcalm Community College Vice President of Academic Affairs Rob Spohr explains how the college trains students to prepare for manufacturing jobs, such as using this basic motor control system board. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rep. Moolenaar tours MCC, learns about rapidly changing workforce

Lots of us probably sing along to the Japanese lyrics of “Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto,” by the rock band Styx. But for many Americans, that’s where the knowledge of Asia and technology end.