Members of the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees discuss Tuesday evening the possibility of extending a bike trail from the college to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: MCC Board of Trustees shows support for campus bike trail

The Fred Meijer Heartland Trail stretches 40 miles from Alma to Greenville and plans are now in the works to add an important stop along the way.


Stanton looks to future with Montcalm Economic Alliance

This city took another step toward improving its economic condition last week when members of the Stanton City Commission voted to extend their affiliation with the Montcalm Economic Alliance.

Already contracted with the organization for one year, commissioners opted to continue the contract for three years at a cost of $2,500 per year.


CM superintendent’s review not yet complete

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education conducted a three-hour meeting Wednesday night with two hours, and 55 minutes of the meeting in closed session, regarding the superintendent’s evaluation. The board, with education consultant Mike Washburn mediating, first approved an evaluation form, and then went into the closed session.

Stanton city officials hope to have a new downtown clock, similar to one installed this past year in the village of Sheridan, by next fall. Fundraising efforts are currently underway. About 1/4 of the $20,000 needed for the project has already been raised. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton’s clock project a symbol of community involvement

Does anyone really know what time it is? Come next October or shortly thereafter, in this city, they will. That’s assuming a current effort to raise funding for the installation of a new downtown clock is successful. And according to Stanton City Manager Jake Eckholm, there’s no reason to believe it won’t be.


JUST IN: Sheridan man’s hand damaged after getting caught in corn-picker

A Sheridan man sustained serious damage to his right hand after it got caught in a corn picker Tuesday afternoon.

Shirley Edwards said her grandson, Chad Edwards, 34, was harvesting corn on the family’s 80 acres at 6305 S. Holland Road when his hand got caught in the machine.

Trevor Wright points to a veteran he knows on a framed collage of local military personnel at the Montcalm County Commission on Aging in Stanton, where Wright works as chef and site host. Wright, who lives in Sheridan, is also an active duty senior food operation sergeant with the Michigan National Guard 1073rd Support Maintenance Company based in Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Local officials want to create Montcalm County Department of Military and Veteran Services

Montcalm County is one of the heaviest populated locations for veterans in Michigan, but also one of the lowest funded counties for veterans resources and medical care. Armed with that knowledge, along with the fact that suicide is the number one cause of death for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, local officials are creating a plan to make sure no solider gets left behind.

Hundreds of shoppers flocked to Wal-Mart in Greenville Thursday evening, creating a difficult-to-navigate sea of customers, to take advantage of discounted Black Friday deals offered throughout the store. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local shoppers show up big for Gray Thursday; Black Friday remains popular

When it comes to shopping on Thanksgiving Day, for some, it doesn’t matter how good the leftovers from dinner are or what football game is on TV. When the doors of a shopping center open to reveal a plethora of discounted goodies, shoppers will come in droves.


Stanton may offer sidewalk snow removal

A proposed master plan and snow removal were the chief topics of Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Stanton City Commission.

Commissioners debated the merits, and related expense, of updating the city’s master plan. According to City Manager Jake Eckholm, a new master plan is long overdue and the cost estimate provided by Rowe Engineering is in line with similar firms.

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Sisters fight hunger and loneliness with community Thanksgiving dinner

There’s more than one kind of hunger. Particularly around the holidays; a time of family and friends, of gathering together with loved ones. For those with none of the above, it can be a lonely time, a time when the hunger for simple human companionship can grow every bit as sharp as the need for a warm holiday meal.


Toys for Tots of Montcalm County to hold fundraisers

Toys for Tots of Montcalm County will be holding several fundraising events in the next few weeks.

There is a fundraiser dinner from 5 to 8 pm. tonight at the Greenville Eagles, located at 11690 SW Greenville Road. There is a requested donation of $10 with all proceeds going to the Toys for Tots program.