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Governor’s office accepting applications for Ionia-Montcalm judge appointment

Gov. Rick Snyder’s office is now accepting applications to fill a judge vacancy in Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Judge David Hoort of Portland has accepted a job with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. He will retire as judge on Feb. 26.

Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, at left, listens as Montcalm Community College Vice President of Academic Affairs Rob Spohr explains how the college trains students to prepare for manufacturing jobs, such as using this basic motor control system board. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rep. Moolenaar tours MCC, learns about rapidly changing workforce

Lots of us probably sing along to the Japanese lyrics of “Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto,” by the rock band Styx. But for many Americans, that’s where the knowledge of Asia and technology end.

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Central Montcalm schools considering bond vote

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education learned Monday that some architectural upgrades may be necessary for the district. Steve Hoekzema and Buddy Huyler of Tower Pinkster, a Grand Rapids-based architectural/engineering firm, presented their preliminary findings of their study of school facilities.

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Families Against Narcotics forum is Thursday in Greenville

As a Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy, Charlie Mahar often sees the dark side of human nature.

During his 10 years in law enforcement, Mahar has witnessed a major increase in heroin, methamphetamine and prescription drug use. He has personally dealt with countless addicts, some of whom were former high school athletes that he coached.

Brown bags of ready-to-eat meals were delivered to Walnut Hills Elementary School in Greenville on Friday. The take-home meals are provided by a program called IM KIDS 3rd Meal program, which provides a meal to local children in need of getting a third meal each day of the week. The program is supported by both Montcalm and Ionia's intermediate school districts and involves as many as 450 students in both counties. Pictured are meal bags that were delivered to the classroom of teacher Molly Tarkowski's first grade class. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

IM KIDS program helps up to 450 children in need of meals each week

Thanks to a friendly competition between two intermediate school districts last month, more local children will be enjoying a third meal each day. Speaking at Thursday’s meeting of the Montcalm Intermediate School District (MAISD), Superintendent Ron Simon announced that the MAISD edged Ionia’s ISD in a food fundraiser, collecting 195 food bags to Ionia’s 170 between the span of Dec. 1 and Dec. 18. The bags of food were donated to the IM KIDS 3rd Meal program, which both ISDs partner in supporting.

Firefighters work together to extinguish a barn fire at 1548 Condensery Road in Bushnell Township on Thursday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Sheridan barn destroyed in fire; wood stove was likely cause

Ira Workman had just returned from his storage barn Thursday morning with a few eggs to make himself breakfast.

Moments later, that breakfast was interrupted, as the very barn he had just returned from was suddenly ablaze.

Rick Chapla, left, of The Right Place, fielded questions and concerns Tuesday evening from members of the Sheridan Village Council. Council members were upset over problems with bids let out for demolition of the old Carnation building. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Carnation building demo still on track despite bidding snafus

Montcalm County officials continue to work to strike the right note when it comes to dog kennel regulations. On Monday, the county’s Law Enforcement & Courts Committee approved making changes to the county’s dog law enforcement ordinance and sending it back to committee for review in February before recommending the changes to the full Board of Commissioners.

Dog kennel licenses and individual dog licenses can be purchased at the Montcalm County Treasurer’s Office inside the Montcalm County Administrative Building (old courthouse) in Stanton. Visit montcalm.org online to read the county’s dog ordinance. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Kennel costs still hound Montcalm County officials

Montcalm County officials continue to work to strike the right note when it comes to dog kennel regulations. On Monday, the county’s Law Enforcement & Courts Committee approved making changes to the county’s dog law enforcement ordinance and sending it back to committee for review in February before recommending the changes to the full Board of Commissioners.

8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge David Hoort

Hoort to step down as 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge

A longtime Ionia and Montcalm county judge is planning on stepping down from the bench to accept a new job.

Judge David Hoort, who resides in Portland, said he has accepted a job with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is currently considering several vehicle requests from Montcalm County Emergency Services. Pictured is Emergency Services’ newest vehicle, Rescue 23, a Ford F-150 with a topper and patriotic decorations. Rescue 23 is based out of Stanton. — Courtesy photo

EMS, sheriff pitch requests to Montcalm County board

A slew of vehicle requests were considered by Montcalm County commissioners on Monday.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director Dave Feldpausch made several of the requests during the county’s Finance & Personnel Committee meeting.