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Members of the Stanton City Commission, from left to right, Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws, City Manager Jake Eckholm, Lewis Corwin, Karl Yoder and John Kroneck discuss the proposed creation of a downtown development authority at Tuesday's city commission meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Andrews

Stanton hears feedback about proposed DDA

Residents had a chance to ask questions earlier this week about the creation of a downtown development authority (DDA) in Stanton.

The Stanton City Commission held a public hearing during Tuesday’s regular meeting night to field feedback about City Manager Jake Eckholm’s proposal to create a DDA.

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Montcalm County officials considering creating PACE district

Installing energy-efficient heating and cooling systems saves lots of green in the long run, but the initial investment cost leaves many people seeing red.

Some Michigan business owners are considering whether Michigan’s Public Act 270 of 2010, the property assessed clean energy (PACE) act, can help them upgrade their facilities in a high efficiency manner while spreading the cost over a longer, more affordable timeframe.

Members of the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees discuss Tuesday evening the possibility of extending a bike trail from the college to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC Board supports proposed campus bike trail

A new path is being sought to bring visitors to the campus of Montcalm Community College (MCC), one pedal at a time.

The Fred Meijer Heartland Trail stretches 40 miles from Alma to Greenville and plans are now in the works to add an important stop along the way.

Members of the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees discuss Tuesday evening the possibility of extending a bike trail from the college to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: MCC Board of Trustees shows support for campus bike trail

The Fred Meijer Heartland Trail stretches 40 miles from Alma to Greenville and plans are now in the works to add an important stop along the way.

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Stanton looks to future with Montcalm Economic Alliance

This city took another step toward improving its economic condition last week when members of the Stanton City Commission voted to extend their affiliation with the Montcalm Economic Alliance.

Already contracted with the organization for one year, commissioners opted to continue the contract for three years at a cost of $2,500 per year.

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CM superintendent’s review not yet complete

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education conducted a three-hour meeting Wednesday night with two hours, and 55 minutes of the meeting in closed session, regarding the superintendent’s evaluation. The board, with education consultant Mike Washburn mediating, first approved an evaluation form, and then went into the closed session.

Stanton city officials hope to have a new downtown clock, similar to one installed this past year in the village of Sheridan, by next fall. Fundraising efforts are currently underway. About 1/4 of the $20,000 needed for the project has already been raised. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton’s clock project a symbol of community involvement

Does anyone really know what time it is? Come next October or shortly thereafter, in this city, they will. That’s assuming a current effort to raise funding for the installation of a new downtown clock is successful. And according to Stanton City Manager Jake Eckholm, there’s no reason to believe it won’t be.

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JUST IN: Sheridan man’s hand damaged after getting caught in corn-picker

A Sheridan man sustained serious damage to his right hand after it got caught in a corn picker Tuesday afternoon.

Shirley Edwards said her grandson, Chad Edwards, 34, was harvesting corn on the family’s 80 acres at 6305 S. Holland Road when his hand got caught in the machine.

Trevor Wright points to a veteran he knows on a framed collage of local military personnel at the Montcalm County Commission on Aging in Stanton, where Wright works as chef and site host. Wright, who lives in Sheridan, is also an active duty senior food operation sergeant with the Michigan National Guard 1073rd Support Maintenance Company based in Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Local officials want to create Montcalm County Department of Military and Veteran Services

Montcalm County is one of the heaviest populated locations for veterans in Michigan, but also one of the lowest funded counties for veterans resources and medical care. Armed with that knowledge, along with the fact that suicide is the number one cause of death for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, local officials are creating a plan to make sure no solider gets left behind.

Hundreds of shoppers flocked to Wal-Mart in Greenville Thursday evening, creating a difficult-to-navigate sea of customers, to take advantage of discounted Black Friday deals offered throughout the store. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local shoppers show up big for Gray Thursday; Black Friday remains popular

When it comes to shopping on Thanksgiving Day, for some, it doesn’t matter how good the leftovers from dinner are or what football game is on TV. When the doors of a shopping center open to reveal a plethora of discounted goodies, shoppers will come in droves.