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Stanton aims for manager interviews within 30 days

The search is on for a new city manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of both the city of Stanton and the village of Lakeview. James Freed, who previously held those positions, left recently to take a job in Port Huron.

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Commissioners continue to grapple over economic development plans

The city of Greenville is moving forward with hiring an economic development service. The question is whether the rest of Montcalm County will follow.

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Central Montcalm names interim superintendent

Amy Meinhardt may be starting a fashion trend for the Central Montcalm Public School district. Meinhardt currently wears three hats in her roles as special education coordinator, technology coordinator and half-time Central Montcalm Elementary School principal.

A fourth hat was added at a special meeting Wednesday night as the school board voted unanimously to name Meinhardt as interim superintendent.

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Central Montcalm Public School votes against privatizing noninstructional services

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education voted against outsourcing noninstructional services at their May 28 meeting.

In a 6-0 vote, with Trustee Mike Barnwell absent, the board voted against privatization and discussed other options for the delivery of non-instructional services.

The 2014 graduating class of the West Michigan Virtual School consisted of 46 students from area school districts who received their high school diplomas. — Daily News/Cory Smith

46 students graduate from West Michigan Virtual School

The West Michigan Virtual School continues to grow in its second year, which was made evident Wednesday evening by the successes of 46 students who earned their high school diplomas through the educational institution. The virtual school, which began its local roots in Greenville in September 2012, launched with 17 students, 10 of them graduating last year.

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Ionia-Montcalm 4-H coordinator moving on

Rebecca McCafferty may be resigning as 4-H coordinator for Ionia and Montcalm counties, but she is going to continue her career with 4-H … albeit in the deep south.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic discusses how to fund economic development in Montcalm County at community forum Monday night at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

PA 88 discussed again as economic development solution

Local officials are still trying to figure out how to make Montcalm County “the right place” for progressive marketing. An economic development discussion took place Monday evening at Montcalm Community College, hosted by MCC President Bob Ferrentino and Vice President of Academic Affairs Rob Spohr. About three dozen local business and government officials attended the gathering to talk about the growth and advancement of commerce in Montcalm County.

Central Montcalm High School graduate Robert Wilson, right, shares a hug while giving the “peace” sign with his teacher, Brenda Buc, left, Friday at the Seiter Education Center graduation ceremony. — Daily News/Cory Smith

7 students earn high school diplomas from Seiter Education Center

After many years of hard work and unmatched determination, seven students are walking away from the Seiter Education Center ready to embark on the next phases of their lives.

Coming together from three high schools, the special education students earned their high school diplomas in front of friends, family, teachers and fellow students Friday afternoon.

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Freed’s last meeting in Stanton a lively one

This city’s manager went out with a bang, not a whimper, at his last meeting of the Stanton City Commission on Tuesday evening. James Freed will soon be leaving for a new position as city manager of his former hometown of Port Huron.

Members of Sheridan’s VFW were honored with a standing ovation as they marched the parade route down main street at Monday’s Sheridan Springfest Grand Parade. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Sheridan Springfest celebrates ‘peace and freedom’ of Memorial Day

Under a warm sun and beautiful blue sky, near a park where people picnicked and children played, a group gathered in a park on Monday and remembered. Members of Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065 led a memorial service at Pearl Lake beach area where they paid tribute to fallen soldiers. The Central Montcalm High School band, under the direction of Matt Reed, provided patriotic music.