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Scott Koenigsknecht

JUST IN: MAISD superintendent offered job in Ingham County

The longtime superintendent of the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) is being offered the same job in another county.

Montcalm Community College Dean of Instruction and Student Development Gary Hauck, dressed in the outfit of the college mascot, the Centurion, speaks during the 50th anniversary celebration Monday at the college. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC celebrates 50 years of excellence

“In years to come, keep fresh and green, the dream of our Montcalm.” That final lyric of the Montcalm Community College (MCC) alma mater reverberated strongly Monday afternoon as it was sung proudly in harmony on the Sidney campus by faculty, students and friends of the college.

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Montcalm County plagued by weekend fires

Once again, a string of structure fires burned through Montcalm County throughout the weekend. The weekend started with a mobile home fire south of Lakeview Friday. Then Saturday struck with a morning house fire in Howard City followed by a lunchtime structure fire northeast of Howard City. Later on Saturday, a Crystal dumpster fire was called in followed by house that burned southeast of Crystal. On Sunday, a pump house just east of Crystal also went up in flames.

Andy Levin

Montcalm County creates PACE district

Montcalm County has become the 10th county in Michigan to create a property assessed clean energy (PACE) district.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 9-0 Monday to adopt a resolution creating a PACE district.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks on the topic of the May 5 ballot proposal to increase the Michigan sales tax during Monday’s Legislative Update at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

State Rep. Outman undecided on Michigan road funding proposal

Pick a road — any road — in Michigan, and one is bound to find themselves grumbling about the cracks, bumps and potholes they encounter along the way. It’s fact more than argument that the mitten state is ranked as one of the worst in the nation for road quality.

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Kennel ordinance continues to dog Montcalm County Board of Commissioners

That doggone kennel ordinance. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners has been actively discussing updating the county’s dog kennel ordinance for more than a year now.

Farmers, business owners, educators and politicians met Friday at Montcalm Community College to hear about a cooperative agreement now underway between MCC and Michigan State University. Pictured here, MSU Director of the Institute of Agricultural Technology Randy Showerman, standing, addresses the gathering. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

MCC putting the focus on the farm

Area students considering a career in agriculture just got a serious leg up thanks to a cooperative agreement signed Friday between Michigan State University (MSU) and Montcalm Community College (MCC). That agreement brings many new agriculture resources to MCC while at the same time streamlining the degree process and reducing overall tuition costs.

Firefighters work through frigid temperatures Tuesday morning in an effort to extinguish a house fire at 1701 W. Boyer Road in Fairplain Township.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fenwick house destroyed in fire

A Fenwick couple is scrambling to put their life back together after watching their residence and possessions inside go up in flames Tuesday morning.

Lorri Sobie was at her home at 1701 W. Boyer Road near Sheridan when she smelled “something electrical” burning in her home at approximately 7 a.m. She called 911 and her husband, Roman, who rushed home from Greenville.

Roberta Yaw

2 clerks resign post in 2 weeks in Pine Township

Two clerks have resigned in as many weeks in Pine Township due to a variety of issues. Roberta “Bobby” Yaw of Lakeview was elected clerk in November 2012. She submitted a resignation letter to the township board effective Feb. 9.

From left, registered nurses Kathy Raby and Amber Ryan and emergency room physician Mike Cearlock listen as Sheridan Community Hospital Administrator Randy Fleschig takes a moment to check up on the day’s activities Thursday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Sheridan Community Hospital the last independent hospital in county

Sheridan Community Hospital is in the minority, but continues to serve the majority of those who live in the heart of Montcalm County. Carson Health, which has been an affiliate of Lansing-based Sparrow Heath Systems since 1997, officially merged with Sparrow on Feb. 1 and is now known as Sparrow Carson Health.