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Central Montcalm High School Principal Marty James shook hands with every graduating senior as they made their way across the stage to receive diplomas Sunday afternoon. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Central Montcalm High School class of 2015 celebrates graduation

One-hundred-sixteen Central Montcalm High School graduates took their first steps into adulthood Sunday afternoon during the school’s graduation ceremony. Clad in Central Montcalm green and white, the graduates made their way across the podium to receive their diplomas following some sage words of advice from school administrators, as well as the class of 2015 valedictorian, Jesse Kuczynski, and salutatorian, Santiago Alvarado.

Central Montcalm High School Valedictorian Jesse Kuczynski’s years of hard work on academics will pay off this fall in the form of several scholarships to Eastern Michigan University. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Years of hard work pay off for Central Montcalm valedictorian

Hard work. That’s what it takes to graduate high school with an overall grade point average of 3.99. It helps to be born with some serious smarts, but in the final reel, the hard work is what it’s really all about. Just ask graduating Central Montcalm senior and class valedictorian Jesse Kuczynski. He’s been working hard his entire academic career, as the results clearly indicate.

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Ionia County fires its IT director

Ionia County officials are tightlipped about why they fired their information and technology (IT) services director. Walter Barnes, 43, of Stanton, was let go from his job on April 27 by Ionia County Administrator Stephanie Fox.

Montcalm Community College Trustee Mike Williams, right discusses the issue of raising tuition at the college during Tuesday evening’s board meeting as Secretary Carol Deuling-Ravell listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC increases tuition 4%

In keeping with statewide averages, tuition at Montcalm Community College (MCC) will be rising once again. Members of the MCC Board of Trustees voted 7-0 Tuesday evening to increase tuition for the 2015-2016 school year.

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JUST IN: Montcalm Community College to raise tuition by 4 percent

In keeping with statewide averages, tuition at Montcalm Community College (MCC) will be rising once again. Members of the MCC Board of Trustees voted 7-0 this evening to increase tuition at the college for the 2015-2016 school year.

Josh Moomey, a paramedic with Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services, prepares the rear area of an ambulance Monday afternoon before departing for his shift from headquarters in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County Emergency Services receives $22,273 federal grant

Montcalm County Emergency Services has been awarded a $22,273 federal grant, which will be used for a new community paramedic training program. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which awards grants to fire departments and emergency medical services organizations to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first responder personnel. Grants are awarded through a competitive process to applicants whose requests best address the priorities of the grant program.

Dr. Dorothy Berg of North Kent Guidance Services asks a question about survey results regarding the health of Montcalm County residents Wednesday in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Data shows more action needed to improve health of area residents

The Healthy Montcalm Initiative created a goal three years ago to continue to improve the overall health and wellbeing of residents in Montcalm County. That goal continues, as was evident Wednesday at the Montcalm Human Services Coalition meeting when Marcus Cheatham of the Mid-Michigan District Health Department presented data for coalition members to evaluate.

A volunteer for Anderson & Girls Orchard was seriously injured after falling and being struck by a tractor this morning. — Courtesy photo

JUST IN: Anderson & Girls Orchards volunteer injured by tractor

A volunteer for Anderson & Girls Orchards was seriously injured after falling and being struck by a tractor this morning. Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies responded to the Stanton-area orchard at 2985 N. Sheridan Road (M-66) at 11:38 a.m.

On Tuesday, Eureka Township resident Frank DePue gets ready to do his civic duty and vote on Proposal 1. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Michigan voters overwhelmingly shoot Proposal 1 down

Michigan voters on Tuesday resoundingly defeated tax increases that would have pumped $1.2 billion more a year into roads, a setback for Gov. Rick Snyder and others who warn that the state’s infrastructure is falling into disrepair because of inadequate funding. In early returns, Proposal 1 was down 77 percent to 23 percent in Oakland and Kent counties, two of the state’s largest counties.

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Montcalm County to leave elected official pay issue alone

An ongoing elected official wage debate that’s been in discussions since last summer has finally come to a close — for now. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 on April 27 to approve the Finance & Personnel Committee’s recommendation from a subcommittee that stated wages for elected officials are within the averages of similar counties and recommended no additional changes should take place this year. There was no discussion during the April 27 vote.