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Hopeful bidders filled the Sheridan Community Center on Monday for the Ionia/Montcalm county minimum bid land auction. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Bidders take a leap of faith at Ionia/Montcalm county land auction

Hopeful bidders at Monday’s annual Ionia/Montcalm county land auction ranged from the novice (“I am so scared,” admitted Sue Keift) to the experienced (“You really need to do your homework,” advised Brett Freeman).

Sharon Ritter instructs a classroom of children Friday in the historic Heritage Village schoolhouse on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus during the 28th annual Heritage Village Festival. At top left, Keegan MacDonald, of Greenville and the American Mountain Men Association, fires a rifle as part of a demonstration. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Heritage Village gives people a look at the way things used to be

Mary Dyer attended Montcalm Community College (MCC) in the 1970s and has some great memories of being a student of the Sidney school. Dyer, now of San Diego, remembers hearing talk then of the historical buildings that were going to be located near campus. Dyer was one of the large crowd of guests who visited the Montcalm Heritage Village during the three-day Heritage Village Festival this weekend, celebrating the 28th year a small band of volunteers has faithfully put together the unique, hands-on celebration.

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Montcalm County 4-H’ers want full-time coordinator

Supporters of Montcalm County’s 4-H program are hoping the currently vacant 4-H coordinator position will be improved to a full-time job. Local 4-H advocates appeared at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to ask the board to consider improving the part-time position to a full-time position for the upcoming fiscal year.

White Pine Library Director Patty Rockafellow addresses a group of children Wednesday at the library’s end of summer party. Rockafellow recently accepted the library director position after retiring from teaching 30 years. — Courtesy photo

New director settling in at Stanton’s White Pine Library

The headline could read “Hometown girl makes good,” but Patty Rockafellow, who recently took over the director’s position at White Pine Library, has been making good things happen in the Stanton area for most of her adult life.

This two-story house and property at 918 Richardston St. in Lakeview will be up for auction Monday at a minimum bid of $5,000. — Courtesy photo

Ionia and Montcalm county land auction set for Monday

Properties will be sold for just a fraction of their value at the annual Ionia and Montcalm county minimum bid land auction Monday.

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Central Montcalm makes an offer on its top job

The Central Montcalm Board of Education began a long Wednesday evening by interviewing — for a second time — three men for the position of superintendent.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is extending The Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health’s lease through December 2030. The center in Stanton is a community mental health authority providing services and support for people with serious and persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities and children with severe emotional disturbances. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Commissioners extend lease for Behavioral Health Center

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 Monday to extend The Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health’s lease, despite objections from the commissioners’ own chairman. The Center for Behavioral Health in Stanton is a community mental health authority providing services and support for people with serious and persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities and children with severe emotional disturbances. It also provides emergency services to anyone in the community 24/7.

Central Montcalm band director Matt Reed shows the back of the new Central Montcalm marching band uniform, which will debut during the Grand Parade at Stanton’s Old Fashioned Days on Aug. 9. The Central Montcalm band has also started a Kickstarter fundraising that allows anyone in the world to donate funds to help purchase the new uniforms. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Central Montcalm band director spearheads effort to help marching band shine

When football fans attend Central Montcalm High School games in the autumn of 2015, they’ll have one more thing to be proud of, assuming an upcoming fundraiser to raise money for the purchase of new marching band uniforms goes as band director Matt Reed hopes it will.

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Central Montcalm wraps up first round of interviews

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education continued its quest to find a new superintendent as two more candidates were interviewed at a special meeting Tuesday evening.

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Central Montcalm board picks 3 superintendent finalists

Six candidates for superintendents have been interviewed by the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education within the past five days. After the final interviews Tuesday, school board members discussed how to proceed.