Five members of the Leaf It To Us volunteer group include, from left, Sydney Bucholz and Madilyn Barron of Belding, Jordan Powelson and Ian Millard of Greenville, and Mitchell Nichols of Stanton. The group came up with a volunteer service job for a class assignment through a Montcalm Community College’s Early College course raking leaves for local home owners. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Early College students take English course outside, learn life lessons

What started out as a class assignment has turned into a fulfilling life lesson for a few young students. Five students enrolled in Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) Early College program have created a free service for local residents as part of a year-long project. The group, creatively called “Leaf It To Us,” have been randomly choosing homes that need leaves raked and offering to do the raking for them for free.

Stanton’s new downtown clock is modeled after a similar timepiece installed last year in the village of Sheridan. — Courtesy photo

Stanton holds clock installation ceremony

The idea of an ornate, old-fashioned downtown clock struck such a chord with residents and businesses that it was installed Thursday, months ahead of schedule. When organizers began the fundraising arm of the project, they anticipated it would run through October or later. Instead, donors contributed well over $16,000, exceeding the clock’s $14,731 price tag. The extra funds are being used for landscaping improvements around the clock.


CM school board hears audit report

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education accepted their financial audit report Oct. 19 and met the foreign exchange students who are attending the school this year.

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MACC students using robotics to prepare for ‘real world’ industry

On the surface, the building of small robots in Art Ward’s engineering and technology class looks like an opportunity for students to flaunt the excitement of their inner child.

But buried beneath the assembly of erector pieces, the smiles and laughter that bubble to the surface from students during successful robot demonstrations, are lessons and skills that will guide them into becoming successful future engineers and technicians.


Halvorsen promotes veterans resources

Eric Halvorsen is continuing to spread the word about the Soldiers and Sailors Relief Commission, one of the lesser known charitable organizations in Montcalm County. Halvorsen, the chairman of the commission and a member of the Sheridan VFW, reported on the group’s annual activities during Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Miss Heartland and her court include, from left, third runner-up Molly Smith, first runner-up Kayla Pingel, Miss Heartland Charlotte Squires, second runner-up Allison Adams and fourth runner-up Hannah Haynes. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Local women compete for Miss Heartland crown

Some of Michigan’s most beautiful and talented young women were at Central Montcalm Middle School on Saturday evening for the Miss Heartland Scholarship Pageant and the crowning of the Miss Heartland and Miss Heartland Outstanding Teen.


JUST IN: Deputy Kotenko released from hospital, recovering from home

Nearly three weeks since being shot with a crossbow bolt, Deputy Michael Kotenko of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is now recovering from the comfort of his home.

A $415,000 Community Development Block Grant for the village of Sheridan was awarded Tuesday. The grant will fund demolition and remediation of the 85-year-old Carnation building at 600 S. Main St. (M-66) in downtown Sheridan. — File photo

Grant comes through for demo of Carnation building in Sheridan

It’s been a long time coming, but funds have finally been approved for demolition of the old Carnation building

On Tuesday, the Montcalm Economic Alliance and The Right Place announced approval of a $415,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the village of Sheridan. The grant will fund demolition and remediation of the 85-year-old factory at 600 S. Main St. (M-66) in downtown Sheridan.

Road Commission for Montcalm County Superintendent Mark Christensen, left, explains his thoughts on newly proposed legislation to fund Michigan’s roads during Monday afternoon’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Sen. Emmons anticipates road funding vote by Thanksgiving

With election season right around the corner, if a vote on road funding in Michigan doesn’t happen now, it’s probably not happening at all.

Those were sentiments expressed by Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College, as she spoke toward the proposed Michigan House bill package that would fund $1.2 billion toward improving the state’s roads.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department officials were honored Monday for their efforts to maintain a medication drop-box in Stanton; from left to right, Undersheriff Mike Williams, Sheriff Bill Barnwell, Lt. Brian Waber and Medical Disposal Coalition of Montcalm County members Mary Thomas, Leslie Kinnee and Ron Finegood. — Courtesy photo/Kathleen Dunne

Montcalm County med disposal program collects 3,000 pounds … and counting

Three thousand pounds in three years.

That’s how much unwanted medication has been disposed of at Montcalm County drop boxes since autumn 2012.