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Ionia/Montcalm county auction proves fruitful for prospective property owners

Andy and Molly Brown had never attended a county land auction, but that didn’t stop them from being the first two in line at the Sheridan Community Center on Friday morning.

The husband and wife from Grand Rapids traveled to Sheridan for the annual Ionia/Montcalm County minimum bid land auction. They were joined by more than 100 individuals seeking to purchase foreclosed properties.

Former Sheridan Village Council member Don Nassif was one of several residents to receive citations under a new blight ordinance that, technically, had not yet been officially adopted by the village council. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Confusion reigns in Sheridan over new junk ordinance

Although it has been in the works for some time and has been reported in The Daily News, some village residents were still surprised to receive warning letters regarding blight ordinance violations.

The ordinance in question was officially adopted at Tuesday evening’s council meeting. However, citations went out to some residents as early as last month, before the ordinance was official.

Stanton, a great horned owl found injured one year ago on M-66, was successful returned to its natural habitat Wednesday by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office after a year of rehabilitation at Michigan State University. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Deputy releases Stanton the owl, back into wild one year after injury

Carefully, with slight hesitation but plenty of excitement, Deputy Mike LeVand slowly cut away at the cardboard box he had set on the edge of the open woods. After a few cuts with his blade, LeVand slowly opened the flaps of the box, and made eye contact with an owl named Stanton.

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BREAKING: Man with lengthy criminal record arraigned for Nevins Lake murder

Alan Lee Morse, 48, of Sidney Township, was arraigned this morning in Montcalm County 64B District Court, on the charge of the murder of Alan “Dale” Nelson, a charge with a penalty of life in prison.

Montcalm Community Trustee Robert Marston speaks to fellow board members Tuesday on the topic of submitting a grant for a new trail extension from the college to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC seeking MDOT grant to link Sidney campus to Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

The day this county’s community college is connected to its vast bicycle trailway system has been long been desired, but always out of reach. But now, that desire to connect Montcalm Community College (MCC) to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail is officially in reach, as was stated during Tuesday morning’s MCC Board of Trustees meeting.

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CM gets organized, plans goal-setting workshop

It took the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education only 29 minutes to conduct two meetings Monday evening. The first meeting — the annual organizational meeting — named school district attorneys, Title IX coordinators, a homeless liaison and established a regular monthly meeting schedule.

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JUST IN: Sheridan residents’ opinions vary on junk ordinance

Village residents had their chance to sound off tonight regarding a new junk ordinance. While some were hopping mad, others praised council members for adopting it.

A look at the Michigan Vietnam Veteran Traveling Memorial which will be coming to Stanton American Legion Post 452 on July 24-25. — Courtesy photo

Vietnam Veteran Traveling Memorial coming to Stanton Legion on July 24-25

There is not a combat veteran who would argue the fact that war is hell.

Although all of the conflicts the United States has been involved in have been trying on both the soldiers and their loved ones at home, one in particular brought out the best and the worst in this country: Vietnam.

Junior Searles walked the bass line while Jerry Waldorf picks his guitar during the Christmas in July Jamboree at Charlie’s Wag-N-Train Opry on Friday. At top left, Marie Wagner took her turn on the mic during the Christmas in July Jamboree at Charlie’s Wag-N-Train Opry on Friday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Charlie’s Wag-N-Train Opry hosts Christmas in July Jamboree

Boots were thumping, hands were clapping and barn walls were shaking over the weekend in Sheridan. Anyone looking for a good, old fashioned jamboree would not have been disappointed on Friday. Charlie’s Wag-N-Train Opry hosted its Christmas in July Jamboree at its secluded pine woods location in backwoods Sheridan.

Two vehicles slid into a Kenworth semi-truck as a result of a man running a red light at M-57 and M-66 on Friday. — Courtesy photo

JUST IN: Truck runs red light, causes 3-car crash at M-57 and M-66

On Friday afternoon, a truck ran a red light at the intersection of M-57 and M-66, causing a three-car accident which sent one person to the hospital.