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Rebecca McCafferty

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.

James Freed

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.

Students from kindergarten through fifth grade enthusiastically waved flags and looked for special family members while the high school band played introductory music at the 35th annual We Love America Parade at Central Montcalm High School on Friday. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Kids march in red, white and blue for 35th annual Annual We Love America Parade

“O say can you see by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight …” Those words were penned on an envelope in Francis Scott Key’s pocket as he sat in a prison on an English warship, witnessing a battle for freedom.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, speaks during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College on the topic of changes made to the Michigan Right to Farm Act. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Farm rules causing stir with urban farmers

In Montcalm County, having a neighbor who makes a living raising farm animals or growing crops may seem commonplace, but that is not necessarily the case in the more urban areas in Michigan.

James Freed

James Freed accepts Port Huron city manager job offer

It’s official … James Freed is leaving Montcalm County and taking on a new leadership role in Port Huron.

The Central Montcalm class of 2014 let their caps fly at the end of Sunday’s graduation ceremony before they proceed to exit the of the gymnasium one last time. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

108 graduate from Central Montcalm High School on Sunday (PHOTOS)

Central Montcalm High School principal Tony Petersen told the 108 graduating seniors that they would always be Green Hornets, but it was the district’s superintendent that advised them to be “be ready.”

Jenna Raymond, 18, was diagnosed with aggressive multiple sclerosis last year, but fought to stay in school so she could graduate this Sunday with her classmates at Central Montcalm High School. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Central Montcalm senior doesn’t let MS diagnosis keep her down

For most Central Montcalm High School seniors, walking across the stage and being handed their diploma at Sunday’s commencement ceremony will be an achievement. Just walking across the stage will be an accomplishment for Jenna Raymond, who just last year didn’t know if she’d be walking at all, much less graduating.