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Central Montcalm High School junior Colin Kohn uses an iPhone Tuesday to film a scene for a bus driver training video students are producing for the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm students produce bus driver training video for MAISD

Lights, camera, action! That may be an outdated cliché from the Hollywood film industry, but its original intent to begin shooting a scene held true Tuesday as video production students at Central Montcalm High School pooled their videography and story-telling talents to produce an instructional training video for the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District.

Members of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meet Monday afternoon during the monthly Board of Commissioners meeting at the Montcalm County Administration Building. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Board of Commissioners OKs purchase of new courtroom sound system

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to allow the purchase of a new sound system for the Montcalm Juvenile/Probate Courtroom.

Laura Thompson of Sidney is preparing to ride her bicycle 700 miles around Lake Michigan in the coming week to raise $5,000 for Alpha Family Center in Greenville. — Courtesy photo

Sidney woman to bicycle around Lake Michigan for Alpha Family Center

Laura Thompson is the executive director of the Alpha Family Center, as well as a wife and a mother of four. When it comes to making time for exercise, she’s not exactly a bicycle enthusiast.

Stanton Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws discusses ongoing city infrastructure projects with City Clerk Janet Davis. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton adopts junk ordinance

Slumlords in Stanton are about to get a big surprise. A set of ordinances unanimously adopted at the Stanton City Commission’s Tuesday night meeting sets aside $150,000 of city funds to be used for the prosecution of owners of dilapidated or abandoned housing and the subsequent demolition and removal of same.

Hayrides were one of the attractions at the Breakfast on the Farm event at Black Locust Farm in Stanton Saturday. More than 2,000 adults and children came through, despite a brief thunderstorm passing through during the day. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

More than 2,000 people attend Breakfast on the Farm in Stanton

It takes more than a little rain to put a damper on Breakfast on the Farm. The annual event came off without a hitch Saturday despite a thunderstorm that squalled through early in the day. According to Jack Jeppesen, whose family owns Black Locust Farm in Stanton, where the breakfast was held, turnout was considerably better than organizers anticipated.

Black Locust Farms LLC in Stanton is a third-generation family farm owned and operated by, from left, Jack and Kellie Jeppesen, and Pam and Tom Jeppesen. — Courtesy photo

Breakfast on the Farm event set for Saturday

You wouldn’t think making breakfast would be such a big deal. But when you’re doing it for well over 1,000 people, that can change in a hurry. Volunteers for this year’s Breakfast on the Farm, slated for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, have already distributed 1,389 tickets, and that number is expected to grow by the day of the event.

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Rep. Rick Outman tours local energy and technology businesses

State Rep. Rick Outman and House Energy and Technology Committee Chair Aric Nesbitt recently spent a day in the 70th House District, touring energy and Internet provider workplaces to better understand the needs of residents in the communities. Outman, R-Six Lakes, who serves on the Energy and Technology Committee, said he was happy that Nesbitt, R-Lawton, spent a day meeting with local job creators to find out how state government can better serve Montcalm and Gratiot counties.

The 2013 Stanton Old Fashioned Days royalty include, front row from left, Duke Gage Almas, Prince Carter Denman, Miss Stanton LaShae Wright, Princess Emma Simpson and Duchess Grace Dennis; back row from left, Miss Stanton Second Runner-up Mackenna Myers, Miss Stanton First Runner-up Christa DePue, Miss Stanton court member Erica Wyatt, Junior Miss Stanton Regan Western, Junior Miss First Runner-up Kae-Leigh Basney, Junior Miss court member Hannah Salliote and Junior Miss Second Runner-up Faith Smith. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Recent Central Montcalm grad reigns as Miss Stanton

LaShae Wright had wanted to compete in the Miss Stanton Scholarship Pageant in previous years, but hesitated as “I don’t like talking in front of people.” The 17-year-old Stanton resident didn’t show that fear last night as she competed — and then won — the queen’s title, edging out three other contestants.

The village of Sheridan Facebook page’s pleasant mix of facts, news and wildly inaccurate rumors has resulted in more than 1,500 “likes” for the page.

‘Labor of love’ makes for popular Facebook page for Sheridan

With just 730 residents, the village of Sheridan is never going to be mistaken for a bustling metropolis. Like a lot of small, mid-Michigan towns, the addition of a new traffic light on Main Street is considered big news. Yet somehow the village’s recent Facebook page activity shows more than 1,500 likes.

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Children, adults, take in history during annual Heritage Festival

When Larry Beard was a child he was told countless tales by his grandfather, a train engineer in Ohio, of the workings of the railroad industry in the late 19th century. Today, Beard shares those the stories and knowledge he obtained long ago from his grandfather with the young children who attend the annual Heritage Festival on the campus of Montcalm Community College.