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This year’s Central Montcalm volleyball team, which is competing in today’s Daily News Invitational in Belding, consists of five seniors and seven players with varsity experience, however, head coach John Johnson noted there are superstars on this year’s team. “We are very team-oriented. What we have is a different player stepping up in every game,” he said. (File photo)

Daily News Invitational ‘first measurement’ for Hornets’ team

  STANTON — There are five seniors and seven players with varsity experience on Central Montcalm’s varsity volleyball team this year, however, who leads the team will be a game-by-game outcome. “We are very team-oriented, which is different than past teams,” said head coach John Johnson, who is in his third year as coach of [...]

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Central Montcalm schools move ahead with bond

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education on Monday approved an agreement with a construction company to begin upgrades in site improvements, secure entrances and structural changes to most of the district’s buildings.

Central Montcalm students Lillian Blaisdell, 17, and Anna Williams, 17, with coordinator Sheena Sanders show the flags of Ecuador and Spain, where the students will serve as exchange students for the next nine months. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Central Montcalm students to go abroad for upcoming school year

Each fall, a dozen or so students from foreign countries begin a new school year as part of the Central Montcalm Public School student body, bringing a taste of their home to Montcalm County. For many hometown youths, this is the only experience they have with a different country, a different culture, a different community. It has been 20 years since one of their own has been able to represent Central Montcalm as a student ambassador, to serve as an exchange student.

Children and adults brave the rain Friday evening to enjoy the Stanton Old Fashioned Days fireman’s parade on E. Main Street. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Weather couldn’t stop Old Fashioned Days talent show and firemen’s parade

The rain couldn’t keep Montcalm County residents from coming out to enjoy the Star Quest Talent Show and the Firemen’s Parade Friday night. The talent show was moved to the steamy auditorium at Central Montcalm Middle School to keep performers and the audience dry, but the crowd was still full. Sixteen acts took to the stage. They showcased talents like comedy, dance and singing.

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MAISD considers balanced calendar

A meeting of the minds in the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) is set for Monday at the Montcalm Area Career Center. Each of the superintendents of the seven school districts in Montcalm County and the superintendent of the MAISD Board will meet to discuss the upcoming school year. The meeting will also have a secondary purpose — to talk about what a balanced calendar could look like in Montcalm County.

In the fall, fruit matures into red pomes and drops to the ground from these trees in Stanton. City commissioners are concerned about the hazard they present and the mess they make. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Stanton seeks bids to remove pear trees

A few pear trees are about to become a messy memory in Stanton.

“We’ve had nothing but a problem with these trees from day one. I, for one, am getting sick and tired,” Stanton City Commissioner Ken Burris said during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

From left, Stanton City Commission members Lewis Corwin, Jane Basom and Karl Yoder listen and discuss City Manager Jake Eckholm’s housing proposal Tuesday night. Yoder was the only commissioner to vote against the proposal. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Stanton looking into city housing program

The Stanton City Commission plans to discuss a proposed housing program with the community. The Stanton Housing Investment Program (SHIP) would take vacant, city-owned lots and turn them into houses the city could sell. A public forum on the topic will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 15. The community is invited to attend.

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IN BRIEF: MAISD board approves new hires and resignations

During a regular meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District Board of Education approved several new hires and several resignations.

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IN BRIEF: Stanton schedules housing forum, seeks tree removal bids

At the Stanton City Commission meeting Tuesday night, commissioners voted to hold a public forum on Sept. 15 about a potential housing program.

Judge Charles Simon III appeared on behalf of Montcalm County Juvenile Court on Monday to ask the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to amend the budget by $162,000 to accommodate the court’s child care fund budget, which is projected to go over budget this current fiscal year. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County board approves more expenses as deficit looms

Montcalm County commissioners gave the go-ahead Monday to more expenditures for a Building Department computer server and the Juvenile Court child care fund, all the while wondering where the money is going to come from. Montcalm County is facing a $1.5 million budget deficit. Commissioners will need to vote to approve the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget by the end of September.