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.
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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.
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.
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.
Virginia Hawn can remember the joyful summer days when she was just 5 years old swimming in the various lakes of Michigan with family and friends, splashing and soaking up the sun, as so many children do today. Fast forward 85 years, and you will find that the 90-year-old Sheridan resident continues to swim to this day, though maybe with less splashing, as often as she can near her residence on Pearl Lake.
A man was taken into custody on the lawn of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office Saturday evening after he allegedly demanded that deputies respond to a child custody dispute while carrying a revolver while intoxicated.
Police are investigating the weekend arson of a Stanton home. The Stanton Fire Department was dispatched to 322 McPherson St. at 2:49 a.m. Saturday on a report of a house fire.
The fourth fire within six months at three neighboring homes has left a Fenwick area couple “with nothing” after their residence was completely consumed and destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon. The Sheridan Community Fire Department was dispatched at 1:43 p.m. and arrived on scene at 1:51 p.m. to 1762 W. Boyer Road in Fenwick, the home of Tim and Jessica Vanconant.
Most people on mission trips travel to other cities, states or countries to help those in need through their church. However, a local church held a mission trip last week to help those right in its own backyard.
For many local 4-H’ers, it is often dreamed to one day be selected as the Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year, the highest honor achievable. On Saturday evening, that dream was realized by Heather Russell, 19, of Stanton, and the Mixed Bag of Nuts 4-H group, who out of a field of six other 4-H’ers who contended for the top honor was selected as this year’s 4-H’er of the Year.