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The first 10 weeks: Rep. John Moolenaar talks budget, nuclear arms

Three committees, 30+ bills, 130+ votes … and the hope for a budget that balances in 10 years.

Those are just a few numbers that represent John Moolenaar’s first 10 weeks in office as representative for Michigan’s 4th District, which covers multiple counties in the state’s northern and central region, including Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta and Montcalm counties.

Family and friends comfort Darlene Dickinson, second from left, as she watches her Evergreen Township home burn Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Memories Lost: Sheridan area home destroyed by fire

When Charles Dickinson stepped outside his home Wednesday afternoon to the sight of thick black smoke rising not far in the distance, his heart immediately sank. A nearby house was on fire and he had a gut feeling he may know the homeowner.

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Spring cleanup stops in Sheridan

Village residents hoping to unload junk during a spring cleanup event should make other plans this year. Although the village has sponsored cleanup days in past years, poor turnout last year has prompted Sheridan Village Council members to forego the event this year.

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Dog owners speak out against Montcalm County kennel ordinance

Any topic involving animals is a historically proven way to attract the masses to county board meetings. Monday was no exception, as Montcalm County’s Law Enforcement & Courts committee heard half an hour of public comments from concerned and tearful residents about proposed changes to the county’s dog kennel ordinance.

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JUST IN: Music in Park plans underway in Sheridan

Roots music and art is alive and well in Sheridan. Though the snow has yet to figure out that winter is over, the Music in the Park organization is gearing up for the 2015 summer season by offering performances and classes at the Sheridan Community Center every Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Central Montcalm Public School’s new superintendent, Amy Meinhardt, hopes her lifetime of experience with the school district will help her meet the challenges of the job. Meinhardt was hired to the position in January. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Central Montcalm superintendent brings lifetime of district experience

On a blustery September morning in 1978, a subdued, wide-eyed 5-year-old girl named Amy made her way up the steps of Central Montcalm Elementary School. Lunchbox and notebook in hand, she was swept through the doors and into halls teeming with friends, strangers, teachers and innumerable “big kids.”

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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.

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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.