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The Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school districts are teaming up in launching a food program for students in need. The program will provide a dinner Monday through Friday and a snack for the weekend for students who qualify. Pictured is Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events for both the Montcalm and Ionia ISDs. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

School program will provide meals to ‘food insecure’ children

Between Ionia and Montcalm counties, there are an estimated 8,000 children who are classified as “food insecure” and school officials say that is unacceptable. “When we saw that, we knew we need to do something,” said Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events with both the Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school district (ISD). “Living in the United States of America, we shouldn’t have children going to bed hungry, but we do.”

For the fourth straight year, representatives of the Montcalm Community College Business Professionals of America Club have qualified for and will compete in a national event. Pictured, from left, are co-adviser Bill Bishop, Rachel Jacobbson, Dustin Snoap, Elizabeth Jacobbson, Devin Covendish, Katrina Soper and co-adviser Michael Adams. Not pictured but also competing are Michael Ruggles, Carmon Bianchi and Justin Brackenbury.

MCC business club to compete at national event

For the fourth straight year, representatives of the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Business Professionals of America (BPA) Club have qualified for and will compete in a national event.

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Montcalm County school officials hope time is right for special ed millage

Twenty-six years.
That’s how much time has gone by since Montcalm County voters last approved an increase in special education funding. In the meantime, Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) officials have made more than $2.5 million in cuts to special education services and reduced their workforce by 22 percent. Programs not required by law have been consolidated or eliminated, including the shutdown of Harold O. Steele Alternative High School in Fenwick in 2006.

Puzzles with 100 pieces occupied students during Central Montcalm Elementary School’s 100 Days celebration on Monday. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Central Montcalm kindergarten — where 100 is a big deal

How high can you count? A million, a billion? For kindergarten and first grade students at Central Montcalm Elementary School, getting from 1 to 100 is a pretty big deal.

Montcalm Area Career Center engineering instructor Art Ward outlines some of the projects his students have been involved with this school year. Among those projects are trebuchets and electric cars. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Career Center teachers update MAISD

Members of the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education on Wednesday heard from instructors and students representing a few key Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) programs. Some of those programs have shown impressive academic gains during the past school year.

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Montcalm County commissioners consider future of Animal Control

Angela Hollinshead has big dreams for Montcalm County Animal Control.

The Stanton facility’s director appeared before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Economic Development and Physical Resources Committee today to make several requests.

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Daily News staffers haul in 11 awards in AP contest

There are nearly 30 daily newspapers with a circulation of 15,000 or less in Michigan. Only two will win as many awards in the 2013 Michigan Associated Press Media Editors (APME) Contest as The Daily News.mike

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Montcalm County Animal Control goes from ‘bleak’ to exemplary

Just a few years ago, Montcalm County Animal Control was under fire from everyone from animal rights activists to run-of-the-mill pet owners. Management was slipshod, conditions and cleanliness were abysmal and euthanasia practices were archaic and — according to many — inhumane. The shelter actually had a contract with an individual who re-sold former pets and strays alike to animal testing facilities. What a difference three years can make.

A water main 8 inches in diameter froze last week on Henkel Road in Howard City. — Courtesy photo

Winter wreaks havoc on water service

Mike VanWagner has been Howard City’s director of municipal services for 20 years and he’s never seen a village water main freeze … until this winter.

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Stanton considers long term capital improvements

The problem with the financial planning of many municipalities, according to Stanton City Manager James Freed, is that they don’t think far enough into the future. Most communities, he explained to city commissioners at Tuesday’s regular meeting, think no more that 12 months ahead.