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Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks on the subject of a proposal to reform Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance policy during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lansing pushing for no-fault insurance reform

Michigan stands alone as the only state to provide the benefit of unlimited personal injury protection coverage, but a resurgent effort to overhaul the current no-fault auto insurance system and implement a cap is beginning to gain ground in Lansing.

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Central Montcalm voters OK operating millage renewal

Central Montcalm Public School voters passed an operating millage renewal on Tuesday. Voters passed the measure with 245 voting yes and 71 voting no.

Mindy Train, a parent liaison with Great Start Collaborative of Montcalm County, was recently elected as the board chairwoman of the YOUTHINK Montcalm Coalition (formerly Drug Free Montcalm). Train has served on the YOUTHINK Board since 2012, the same year she joined Great Start. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Great Start Collaborative parent liaison adds YOUTHINK Montcalm to plate

As a parent liaison for the Great Start Collaborative of Montcalm County, Mindy Train has a passion for advocating for children 5 and younger. It is that same drive she hopes to bring to the table for youngsters of all ages as the newly elected chairwoman of YOUTHINK Montcalm.

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Kids ‘grow and blossom’ in Central Montcalm’s multi-age class

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education heard a presentation Wednesday concerning the first semester of a new multi-age classroom at Central Montcalm Elementary School. The board also agreed to begin a search for a full-time principal for that building.

Temperatures in the mid 40s have lead to melting snow, which may cause minor flooding with tomorrow's storm, which is calling for nearly an inch of freezing rain. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Rising temperatures, rain may lead to minor local flooding

Thursday’s forecast calls for nearly an inch of freezing rain to fall on top of already melting piles of snow due to temperatures in the mid 40s, so water will be flowing. Just how much is yet to be seen.

Franz Mogdis has been executive director of the Montcalm Alliance since 1997. He works out of the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District office in Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm Alliance looking to move forward after setbacks

The Montcalm Alliance may have been in the news lately regarding a failed millage proposal that never even went to a vote, but in the meantime, the Alliance’s executive director has been staying busy working to assist local businesses.

Cliff Copeland had been mostly paralyzed from the neck down for more than a year when he met Denise Chambers, the woman who would eventually become his wife. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton couple shares unique love story

Most love stories don’t begin with an accident that leaves one of the lovers paralyzed from the neck down. This one does. And against all odds, it ends with a happily ever after.

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Montcalm County’s recycling coordinator resigns

Jacob Rytlewski is exchanging a job in an often cold climate for a new adventure in a warmer atmosphere. Rytlewski, the resource recovery coordinator for Montcalm County, has resigned to take a job in Florida. His last day working for Montcalm County will be Feb. 21 and he plans to head south in early March.

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Greenville-based group independently pursuing economic development

An economic development millage proposal may have died at the county level, but Greenville officials are continuing to pursue the idea on their own. Late last year, members of the Montcalm Alliance, a local economic development group, asked the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to approve a property tax increase to fund the Alliance’s effort to join forces with The Right Place, a West Michigan economic development organization. Certain Alliance members wanted commissioners to approve a special millage via Michigan’s Public Act 88, which would bypass a vote of the people. The proposal moved forward in committee meetings, but the idea died last month after commissioners declined to vote on the proposal, effectively killing it.

Mid-Michigan District Health Department Health Officer Dr. Marcus Cheatham presents countywide statistics on health, income and economic status during Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting. Cheatham said there is a direct correlation between income levels and general health. — Daily News/Curtis WIldfong

Health & Income: Montcalm County “doing better than it should” in overall health statistics

Statistical data over the past several years has shown a direct correlation between socioeconomic status and general health and the same is true for Montcalm County, which ranks in the bottom third in median household income. But despite serious health concerns in the county, Mid-Michigan District Health Department Director Dr. Marcus Cheatham said Montcalm County is “doing better than it should looking at the data” in overall health, where it ranks in the top half (27th) of Michigan counties in 2013, according to data collected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who conducts a national study