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Dr. Brijender Singh Panwar, a visiting educator, gives a presentation Tuesday to the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees about his quest to bring the U.S. community college model to India in order to make higher education more accessible for students. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

Doctor from India researches Montcalm Community College to improve his country’s educational system

Montcalm Community College (MCC) has a special guest this summer. Dr. Brijender Singh Panwar, one of the founders of M.S. Panwar Community and Technical College in Solan, Shimla Hills, India, is visiting the college, and the Montcalm County area, for the summer.

MCC President Bob Ferrentino met with Panwar last year and “talked about his work coming from India to the states to build his understanding of what a community college does and how it works in the states.”

Montcalm County Commissioners listen as Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead presents a reduced 2016-2017 fiscal year budget during Monday’s Finance and Personnel Committee meeting in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Cuts, new fees and increases part of plan for Animal Control

In an effort to quell the looming $1.5 million budget deficit that is facing Montcalm County, every department head within the county is working to reach a solution. During Monday morning’s Finance and Personnel Committee meeting, Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead presented a reduced 2016-2017 fiscal year budget at the request of the county commissioners.

From left, Secretary Brian Corwin, Superintendent Ron Simon, President Steve Foster, Vice President Mark Christensen and Board Member Kurt Peasley discuss the designation of the liaison for the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MAISD to purchase 3 new school buses

Three new school buses are going to be on their way to the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) in the coming weeks to replace buses that need to be phased out. During an organizational meeting Monday morning, the MAISD board approved the purchase of three buses for the special education program. One of the buses will be equipped with a lift for wheelchair access. This will serve as a replacement for the existing bus with wheelchair access that’s already in the fleet.

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IN BRIEF: MCC celebrates growth on campuses

During a regular meeting Tuesday morning. Bob Ferrentino, the president of Montcalm Community College, gave the board of trustees an update on how several projects are going around the Sidney and Greenville campuses.

Kris Purdy of the Stanton Community Police Department adjusts the helmet of Ezra VanKleeck, 5, during the bicycle safety event put on by the White Pine District Library Saturday morning. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

White Pine District Library hosts helmet giveaway

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 160 children came out in droves to the White Pine District Library in Stanton to take advantage of upgrading their bicycle gear Saturday afternoon.

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IN BRIEF: County Commissioners recommend budget request for Heath and Human services

Montcalm County Commissioners voted Monday morning to recommend a funding request for the Ionia Montcalm District Department of Health and Human Services.

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IN BRIEF: MAISD board elects officers

During a regular meeting Monday morning, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District board of education approved the officer positions for the board during the 2016-2017 academic year.

About 60 people attended a forum Thursday evening for candidates seeking election in the races for 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge and Montcalm County sheriff. The forum was held at Six Lakes VFW Post 5602. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Candidates for sheriff, judge make their pitch

Two of the most important decision-making positions in Montcalm County are up for election this year, and the candidates running for those positions are eager to make their voices heard.

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Four individuals, including three small children, were injured after a woman ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle this weekend.

4 injured after car runs stop sign

Four individuals, including three small children, were injured after a woman ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle this weekend.

Kristina Jones of Burton lost her dog, Sammy, while vacationing in Montcalm County in May. It took hours of searching, but after 32 days the two were reunited. — Courtesy photo

Stanton woman helps rescue lost beloved family pet

The plot unfolds like something out of a Liam Neeson movie: A loved one goes missing, search parties are organized, rescuers scour the area to no avail, the loved one is sited but again disappears, as if she doesn’t want to be rescued. Eventually, our protagonist finds herself deep in the woods, wearing camouflage clothing and makeup, hoping to spot the missing family member.