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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.

For the fourth straight year, representatives of the Montcalm Community College Business Professionals of America Club have qualified for and will compete in a national event. Pictured, from left, are co-adviser Bill Bishop, Rachel Jacobbson, Dustin Snoap, Elizabeth Jacobbson, Devin Covendish, Katrina Soper and co-adviser Michael Adams. Not pictured but also competing are Michael Ruggles, Carmon Bianchi and Justin Brackenbury.

MCC business club to compete at national event

For the fourth straight year, representatives of the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Business Professionals of America (BPA) Club have qualified for and will compete in a national event.

Puzzles with 100 pieces occupied students during Central Montcalm Elementary School’s 100 Days celebration on Monday. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Central Montcalm kindergarten — where 100 is a big deal

How high can you count? A million, a billion? For kindergarten and first grade students at Central Montcalm Elementary School, getting from 1 to 100 is a pretty big deal.

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Montcalm County Animal Control goes from ‘bleak’ to exemplary

Just a few years ago, Montcalm County Animal Control was under fire from everyone from animal rights activists to run-of-the-mill pet owners. Management was slipshod, conditions and cleanliness were abysmal and euthanasia practices were archaic and — according to many — inhumane. The shelter actually had a contract with an individual who re-sold former pets and strays alike to animal testing facilities. What a difference three years can make.

Those in attendance at Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College listen as Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Montcalm County Road Commission Superintendent-Manager Mark Christensen speak on the topic of emergency road funding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local legislators talk about road repair

An unusually harsh winter has left several county road commissions in Michigan scrambling for funds to continue snow-removal and salting efforts to battle the elements and keep roads safe and passable for commuters.

Mindy Train, a parent liaison with Great Start Collaborative of Montcalm County, was recently elected as the board chairwoman of the YOUTHINK Montcalm Coalition (formerly Drug Free Montcalm). Train has served on the YOUTHINK Board since 2012, the same year she joined Great Start. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Great Start Collaborative parent liaison adds YOUTHINK Montcalm to plate

As a parent liaison for the Great Start Collaborative of Montcalm County, Mindy Train has a passion for advocating for children 5 and younger. It is that same drive she hopes to bring to the table for youngsters of all ages as the newly elected chairwoman of YOUTHINK Montcalm.

Cliff Copeland had been mostly paralyzed from the neck down for more than a year when he met Denise Chambers, the woman who would eventually become his wife. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton couple shares unique love story

Most love stories don’t begin with an accident that leaves one of the lovers paralyzed from the neck down. This one does. And against all odds, it ends with a happily ever after.

Randolph Flechsig has more than one year under his belt as administrator of Sheridan Community Hospital. He was hired in September 2012 and has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare field. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Sheridan Community Hospital’s leader looks back at his first year on the job

Randolph Flechsig gets excited talking about rural healthcare like some people get excited talking about their favorite sports team. Flechsig took on administrative duties at Sheridan Community Hospital just over one year ago. He describes the past year as busy and challenging, but in a good way.

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Central Montcalm High School friends come together years later to help

Growing up in a small town, ties are made that last a lifetime, ties that transcend time and distance and remain strong over countless years and miles. So it is for Paulina (Hurt) Lawton and Danise Garbow, both of whom graduated from Central Montcalm High School more years ago than either woman cares to admit publicly.

On shifts of 12 hours at a time, the highly experienced dispatchers of the Montcalm County Central Dispatch in Stanton take multitasking to the extreme with their daily duties. Dispatcher Karisa Bailey sits in front of the long line of computer screens she oversees as calls come into the 911 center. Each screen has a different program and serves a different purpose. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Dispatchers team up to guide callers through dire circumstances

Illuminated by the bluish glow of a computer screen, the sharp eyes of 30-year veteran dispatcher Jan Jourdan dart from one monitor to the next, locating nearest personnel, directing services and gathering information from the caller, all while keeping an almost eery calm.