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Montcalm Community College is looking into establishing a differential tuition rate for some of its programs, such as nursing, which includes clinicals and laboratory studies along with its lecture studies. — Courtesy photo

MCC board seeks to keep up in review of tuition, fee increases

In the past six to seven weeks, a small team of Montcalm Community College (MCC) representatives have been working on a budget wish list of perceived needs generated from the rest of the faculty.

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Sheridan considers hiring code enforcement officer

Members of the Village Council are discussing ways to put some teeth in the village’s blight ordinances. At Tuesday’s regular meeting, the council discussed revising the municipality’s current ordinances and possibly hiring a code enforcement officer to issue warnings and citations.

wildfire scorches a large area of wetlands Tuesday afternoon just north of Sheridan in Sidney Township south of Rosa Lake. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fire races through wetlands near Sheridan Tuesday afternoon

Firefighters from Sheridan, Stanton and Montcalm Township spent the better part of Tuesday afternoon fighting an acres-wide grass fire that spread across a wetland area in Sidney Township. Though flames approached several homes on the southeast shore of Rosa Lake, firefighters were able to contain the blaze and no structures were damaged. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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UPDATE: Afternoon fire that consumed wetlands near Sheridan contained

Firefighters from Sheridan, Stanton and Montcalm Township spent the better part of Tuesday afternoon fighting an acres-wide grass fire that spread across a wetland area in Sidney Township.

A flock of turkeys comb through a cornfield in southwestern Montcalm County. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Hunters get ready to bag a bird during spring turkey season

Up until now, the only turkeys in Montcalm County that have been knocked down have been those on the bowling lane. However, that is about to change. Starting next Monday, hunters will be out in the woods trying to bag the wily wild turkey. Spring turkey season opens up at 6:20 a.m. on April 20 and hunters are getting excited to get out in the field.

Greg Wing, a field operative with Heritage Ag, tows one of the company’s planes through the parking lot at Anderson and Girls Orchards Thursday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crop-dusting pilot makes successful emergency landing

In a matter of only a few seconds, flying at a speed of nearly 150 mph, pilot Mordecai “Deke” Walker’s routine crop dusting flight was suddenly thrown askew. As he was making his return trip to Lakeview on Tuesday after a morning of dusting crops in Stanton, a “chip detector” alarm light quickly grabbed his attention.

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Michigan State Police enlists Crime Stoppers in Nevins Lake homicide

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post is adding additional resources in the Nevins Lake homicide investigation.

Happier times: The Nelson family is pictured sometime in the 1960s, from left to right, Mary Lou, Belinda, Dale, Luanne and Betty. — Courtesy photo

‘Dad was and is my hero’: Dale Nelson’s family prepares to lay him to rest

A man of few words, strong opinions and great love for his family. That’s how Alan “Dale” Nelson is being remembered in the days leading up to his funeral after he was killed in his own home during a robbery gone terribly wrong.

Alan “Dale” Nelson’s home is located in a secluded and forested area of Nevins Lake. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Nevins Lake homicide investigation goes on as funeral is planned

Police have officially cleared the scene of a homicide on Nevins Lake, but questions remain in the forested community where neighbors are known for looking out for each other. Alan “Dale” Nelson, 80, was found dead in his home at 591 Nelson Drive on Monday afternoon. His home had been broken into, along with three other cottages on the lake. Those three other cottages were vacant, but Nelson was home and police believe he surprised the intruders who were expecting his house to be empty.

Dave Hornak, principal of Horizon Elementary School in Holt and future executive director of the National Association for Year-Round Education, speaks about the benefits of a balanced calendar for school education during a Montcalm County School Boards Association meeting Monday in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local schools weigh balanced calendar vs. traditional calendar

When reflecting on one’s elementary and secondary education today, most people probably reach the same idea about how and when they attended school. They started in early autumn, finished in late spring, and enjoyed a lengthy summer vacation.