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Central Montcalm school board to interview 6 for superintendent position

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education has recommended six candidates to interview for the superintendent of the district. The top spot is currently being covered by Interim Superintendent Amy Meinhardt, following Kristi Teall’s resignation as superintendent as of June 30.

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Sheridan VFW to host Meet the Candidates event

The Sheridan VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary will host a Meet the Candidates event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in anticipation of the upcoming primary election. The VFW Post is located at 209 W. Washington St. in downtown Sheridan.

Franz Mogdis has been executive director of the Montcalm Alliance since 1997. — File photo

Mogdis resigns after leading the Montcalm Alliance for 17 years

The executive director of the Montcalm Alliance presented his final quarterly economic development report to county officials Monday morning in that capacity. Franz Mogdis is stepping down as executive director of the Montcalm Alliance after 17 years. His resignation is effective July 31.

Cadet firefighters Jesse James, left, and Kristine Bush, center, are ready to accompany Sheridan Fire Chief Ed Lingeman, right, on emergency calls. Lingeman established the cadet program last year and hopes to have six cadets involved in upcoming months. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Sheridan’s Firefighter Cadet program provides valuable experience

If that firefighter hosing down your grass fire looks a little young to be wearing turnout gear, don’t be alarmed; chances are he or she is in training, part of the Firefighter Cadet program instituted last year by the Sheridan Community Fire Department. At present, only three teens are enrolled in the program, but Fire Chief Ed Lingeman would like to see that number double in the near future.

Former Stanton resident Gregory Patten, left, talks with a fellow DNR officer at an awards ceremony held in June in Lansing. Patten was named Shikar-Safari International’s Wildlife Officer of the Year. Each year the organization recognizes the service of natural resources officials in the United States and Canada. — Courtesy photo

Former Stanton man named DNR Officer of the Year

Growing up in Stanton and attending Central Montcalm High School, it was only natural Gregory Patten would develop an affinity for the outdoor life. The bucolic acres of corn and potatoes, the fallow fields, rivers and streams, they all spoke to Patten’s love of nature.

So perhaps it’s only natural that, well over three decades later, he should be named Shikar-Safari International’s Wildlife Officer of the Year.

Franz Mogdis has been executive director of the Montcalm Alliance since 1997. — File photo

JUST IN: Longtime Montcalm Alliance executive director resigns

The longtime leader of Montcalm County’s economic development is stepping down as the organization heads in a new direction.

Franz Mogdis is resigning as executive director of the Montcalm Alliance after 17 years. His resignation is effective July 31.

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‘He lived life by his heart’: 22-year-old man killed in motorcycle accident

The DeBerg family shared a picture perfect day Fourth of July together. Tim and Amy and their children, Tad and Tori, and Tad’s son Emmett went out for dinner to celebrate Tim’s birthday. They went to a park and played with Emmett. They went home and had cake and ice cream.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Stanton’s new water park(ing lot)

Portions of the city of Stanton were hit hard by Sunday night’s rain and thunderstorm, leaving parks and parking lots flooded. Check out this photo gallery by Kyle Wilson.

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From left, having noticed a spot forming on her nose in 2000, Stanton’s Cindy Partlo, at first, thought it was just a sunspot or freckle; laser surgery was used to remove the melanoma from Partlo’s nose and under her eye; Partlo is in the middle of recovering from melanoma cancer. — Courtesy photos

Stanton woman celebrates one-year recovery from cancer with Gran Fondo

It was just a sunspot. Perhaps a new freckle, so she told herself. But even after two dermatologists told Cindy Partlo it was not cancer, a small concern still lingered and grew, as did the spot over the years. Last spring, Partlo, 51, an administrative assistant at Mid-Michigan District Health Department, was strongly encouraged by her eye doctor, Renee Martin of Martin Eye Care in Greenville, to seek a third opinion for the spot on her nose, a spot she first noticed in 2000.

Pastor Kurt Hoffman and wife Brenda.

Pastor’s cause of death was drowning

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office has learned the cause of death of local pastor Kurt Hoffman was drowning. He was found dead Sunday morning after his car was spotted, submerged in a lake, by a passing driver.