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Jackie Gachter

Fatal farm accident leaves family devastated

Nobody could tell Jackie Gachter what to do. She had a mind of her own. She lived hard and loved hard.

Gachter died Sunday in a devastating farming accident near Sheridan. She was 54 years old.

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IN BRIEF: Long meeting for Stanton’s new mayor

New Stanton Mayor Larry Peterson oversaw a contentious nearly three-hour long Stanton City Commission meeting Tuesday night.

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MAISD to be formally accredited

A two-year marathon the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) has been running is coming to an end, the finish line in sight. The MAISD will be formally recognized as being accredited in January by AdvancED, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization headquartered in Arizona and Georgia. The accreditation will be valid for five years.

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JUST IN: Woman killed in farm accident near Sheridan

A woman was killed in a farm accident this afternoon in the 7000 block of South Staines Road near Sheridan.

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JUST IN: Schafer elected 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge

A former prosecutor appointed judge was handily elected to the bench Tuesday.

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JUST IN: Lower elected to 70th District, Albert to 86th District

Jim Lower of Cedar Lake has been elected to his first term as state representative for the 70th District, while Thomas Albert of Grattan Township has been elected to his first term as state representative for the 86th District.

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JUST IN: Millages pass in Home, Montcalm and Sidney townships

A road millage in Home Township and fire millages in Montcalm and Sidney townships were all approved by voters Tuesday.

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Central Montcalm student hosting coat drive for area

Although mid-Michigan has been given a lingering autumn, Erin Fuerstnau knows what season comes next. After seeing children arriving at school last winter without coats and complaining they were cold, Fuerstnau, 17, of Stanton, decided to do something about it through a Central Montcalm Public School class project.

Kenneth Wood of Sheridan reads a plaque the class dedicated to Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Kotenko. The inaugural Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy named Tuesday’s graduating class the Michael Kotenko Family Citizens’ Police Academy. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy graduates first class

A police academy of a different sort celebrated graduation Tuesday at Montcalm Community College.

A group of 25 excited men and women gathered to receive certificates of completion for finishing the inaugural Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy put on through a partnership between the Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department.

Stanton Treasurer-Clerk Janet Davis reviews the 2016 fiscal year audit for accountants at Berthiaume & Co. presented to the Stanton City Commission on Oct. 25. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton City Commission receives positive audit report

Stanton has been the location for bad financial news lately when it comes to the Montcalm County seat, but the Stanton City Commission has received a positive review of its finances.

Ken Berthiaume, a certified public accountant from Berthiaume & Co. based in Saginaw, presented the 53-page audit report at the Oct. 25 commission meeting.