At least 15 vehicles and one building were damaged between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. early Sunday morning, including the back window of this Chevy Blazer. — Courtesy photo

15 cars, building vandalized by gun in Stanton

Multiple vehicles and at least one building were vandalized in this city over the weekend. According to Stanton City Manager Jake Eckholm, at least 15 vehicles and one building were damaged between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. early Sunday morning.


IN BRIEF: Montcalm County approves EMS, sheriff vehicle purchases

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved multiple vehicle requests today, all but one of them unanimously.


IN BRIEF: Outman, Emmons defend PA 269

Facing pushback from a number of their constituents, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, are defending their votes on legislation that recently became law.

Susan Koster

Longtime Central Montcalm school principal to retire

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education accepted the resignations of a longtime principal and central office business specialist and discussed how to look for their replacements Monday.

The board, in a 6-0 vote with Vice President Todd Giles absent, accepted the resignation of Upper Elementary School Principal Susan Koster, who has worked 17 years in that position, and the resignation of Business Specialist Pamela Rogers. Both resignations are effective June 30.


Road Commission wants to borrow $4 million for Montcalm County road work

On Monday, the Road Commission for Montcalm County will ask the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners for permission to borrow $4 million for local road work in reaction to Michigan’s road funding legislative package.


Governor’s office accepting applications for Ionia-Montcalm judge appointment

Gov. Rick Snyder’s office is now accepting applications to fill a judge vacancy in Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Judge David Hoort of Portland has accepted a job with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. He will retire as judge on Feb. 26.

Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, at left, listens as Montcalm Community College Vice President of Academic Affairs Rob Spohr explains how the college trains students to prepare for manufacturing jobs, such as using this basic motor control system board. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rep. Moolenaar tours MCC, learns about rapidly changing workforce

Lots of us probably sing along to the Japanese lyrics of “Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto,” by the rock band Styx. But for many Americans, that’s where the knowledge of Asia and technology end.


Central Montcalm schools considering bond vote

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education learned Monday that some architectural upgrades may be necessary for the district. Steve Hoekzema and Buddy Huyler of Tower Pinkster, a Grand Rapids-based architectural/engineering firm, presented their preliminary findings of their study of school facilities.


Families Against Narcotics forum is Thursday in Greenville

As a Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy, Charlie Mahar often sees the dark side of human nature.

During his 10 years in law enforcement, Mahar has witnessed a major increase in heroin, methamphetamine and prescription drug use. He has personally dealt with countless addicts, some of whom were former high school athletes that he coached.

Brown bags of ready-to-eat meals were delivered to Walnut Hills Elementary School in Greenville on Friday. The take-home meals are provided by a program called IM KIDS 3rd Meal program, which provides a meal to local children in need of getting a third meal each day of the week. The program is supported by both Montcalm and Ionia's intermediate school districts and involves as many as 450 students in both counties. Pictured are meal bags that were delivered to the classroom of teacher Molly Tarkowski's first grade class. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

IM KIDS program helps up to 450 children in need of meals each week

Thanks to a friendly competition between two intermediate school districts last month, more local children will be enjoying a third meal each day. Speaking at Thursday’s meeting of the Montcalm Intermediate School District (MAISD), Superintendent Ron Simon announced that the MAISD edged Ionia’s ISD in a food fundraiser, collecting 195 food bags to Ionia’s 170 between the span of Dec. 1 and Dec. 18. The bags of food were donated to the IM KIDS 3rd Meal program, which both ISDs partner in supporting.