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The Harlem Wizards, a show basketball team that combines talent and comedy, engaged and wowed a crowd of students, parents and community members at Central Montcalm High School during a Monday night game against a group of local adults and student athletes under the team name Hometown Hornets. Proceeds from the game, which sold 871 tickets, will benefit the Central Montcalm Upper Elementary Parent Teacher Organization. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Harlem Wizards take on Hometown Hornets (PHOTO GALLERY)

The Harlem Wizards, a show basketball team that combines talent and comedy, engaged and wowed a crowd of students, parents and community members at Central Montcalm High School during a Monday night game against a group of local adults and student athletes under the team name Hometown Hornets. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Central Montcalm Upper Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.

Clifford Lake Inn was built in Richard’s Point (which later becomes known as Clifford Lake) in 1881. The business has changed hands multiple times over the years and is currently owned by Connie McKeown. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Historic Clifford Lake Inn near Stanton abruptly shuts down

A more than 130-year-old landmark for lakeside dining has closed its doors for good — but the reason why remains a mystery. Early this week, the Clifford Lake Inn abruptly closed. A piece of paper is taped on each entrance door reading, “Closed. Thank you for your patronage.”

At its regular meeting Tuesday evening, members of Sheridan’s Village Council gave the engineering firm of Fleis & Vandenbrink the go-ahead to apply for a state grant of $196,000. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Sheridan to go after $196,000 in grants

If all goes according to plan, this village may find itself the recipient of $196,000 in state grant funds, money that will be used to provide a complete survey and mapping of its water and sewer infrastructure.

The White Pine Library’s new director, Jodi Stockton, comes to the job from Indiana and brings a wealth of experience in creating children’s programs. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton community invited to meet White Pine Library’s new director

The White Pine Library’s new director, Jodi Stockton, brings not only a wealth of library-specific experience to the job, but also a Renaissance woman’s appreciation for art, theater and music. Stockton was recently hired on to replace outgoing part-time director Katie E. Arwood, who left to take a full-time position at Montcalm Community College.

Bill Hardin gestures with a copy of The Daily News to a large audience at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting while conveying his opinion that a proposed secondhand dealer ordinance is “ridiculous.” — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Proposed secondhand dealer ordinance blasted by business owners

Have you heard the story about the wealthy secondhand dealer? His business was doing so well that he willingly decided to use his extra money to purchase electronic equipment and begin putting detailed information about his customers and inventory online so local police officers could return stolen items to their rightful owners.

Members of the Stanton City Commission voted Tuesday evening to institute a 2.1 percent pay raise for all city employees, save City Manager James Freed who works under a separate contract.— Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton to participate in Montcalm County’s cardboard recycling program

Residents of this city will soon have some options when it comes to recycling, thanks to a cooperative effort with Montcalm County.

From left, Montcalm Area Intermediate School District board member Brian Corwin, board member Bud Longnecker, Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht, board member Stephen Foster, board member Mark Christensen, board member Chris Bradshaw and Associate Superintendent of Special Education Kathleen Flynn, discuss a possible robotics class during Wednesday’s meeting in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Area Intermediate School District considers high school robotics class

In the past few years, public schools in Michigan have seen several “noncore” classes go by the wayside, whether it be video production, choir or band, as districts adjust to tighter budgets and curriculum restrictions. But after Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht recently received a random phone call from a parent while standing in a parking lot, the possibilities to introduce a new course funded by government grants suddenly appears to be a real possibility.

Members of the Sheridan Village Council, from left, Daryl Bush, Derek Wagner, Susan Wyckoff-McFarland and Don Nassif discuss fundraising efforts for a proposed new downtown clock at Tuesday’s council meeting. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Strong start for downtown Sheridan clock fundraising

It may not happen until next spring, but this village is well on its financial way toward the purchase of a new, analog clock for its downtown, currently in the middle of a major streetscape project. At Tuesday evening’s Sheridan Village Council meeting, President Susan Wyckoff-McFarland filled in council members on the results of a recent fundraising effort. Letters were included with last month’s village water bill explaining the clock project and asking for donations.

Department of Human Services workers from Ionia and Montcalm counties pose at a recent foster care event. Pictured are, front row from left, caseworker Jennifer Perry, licensing specialist Sarah Gorby, foster care supervisor Whitney Hettinga, licensing specialist Jacqueline Sutton and Ionia-Montcalm DHS licensing supervisor Linda Schrauben; back from from left, Ionia County Probate Court Judge Robert Sykes Jr., caseworker Meagan Mahoney, funding specialist Tyler Armstrong and Ionia-Montcalm DHS Director Michelle Seigo. — Courtesy photo

DHS billboards aimed at raising foster parenting awareness

Raise hope and foster dreams. That’s the slogan sported on new Department of Human Services billboards on M-46 and M-91.

This wheelchair accessible swing, recently added to Maddie’s House Park in Stanton, was purchased with money from fundraisers such as the “Whatever You Want” 5K race slated for this Sunday. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Run event raising funds for special Stanton park

When Jeff and Jane Trimper originally conceived of Maddie’s House Park, it was to be a barrier free playground created as a memorial to their daughter Madeline, who died at age 7 from a rare disease known as Metachromatic Lukodystrophy.