A request from the Montcalm County drain commissioner continues to get clogged in committee meetings. Last summer, Sandy Raines requested that her two seasonal part-time drain maintenance employees be made permanent and have their hours increased to 35 hours per week.
Student counts and copier equipment are two very different subjects, but both could mean increased revenue for Central Montcalm Public School. Superintendent Kristi Teall explained to the Board of Education at their monthly meeting Wednesday night that the student count taken in February totaled 1,708 students, and administrators estimated a decline of 10 students, or 1,698, going into this school year.
Standing on the sideline, with instruments and flags in hand and a focus that could not be shaken, students from 13 high school bands waited for the same single instruction before playing their first notes on Legacy Field.
A police chief’s proposal for a countywide secondhand dealers ordinance is moving forward. The Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee voted Tuesday to recommend the full board adopt the proposal. The full board will vote on the ordinance at the next regular meeting scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28.
Youngsters in this village now have a few more options when it comes to free time activities, thanks to the efforts of the Sheridan Community Fire Department. Last week, firefighters volunteered their time and effort to erect a new playground near the village offices. Though built on village property, the project cost the town nothing, thanks again to the firefighters.
In the past few years, public schools in Michigan have seen several “noncore” classes go by the wayside, whether it be video production, choir or band, as districts adjust to tighter budgets and curriculum restrictions. But after Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht recently received a random phone call from a parent while standing in a parking lot, the possibilities to introduce a new course funded by government grants suddenly appears to be a real possibility.
It may not happen until next spring, but this village is well on its financial way toward the purchase of a new, analog clock for its downtown, currently in the middle of a major streetscape project. At Tuesday evening’s Sheridan Village Council meeting, President Susan Wyckoff-McFarland filled in council members on the results of a recent fundraising effort. Letters were included with last month’s village water bill explaining the clock project and asking for donations.
The government shutdown came at an inconvenient time for Montcalm County natural resource services.
The Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post would like to notify residents that a new scam has been reported involving persons posing as members of the MSP, claiming you must pay money to clear a warrant.
The Daily News has received four Michigan Press Association (MPA) awards, along with two honorable mentions.