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Central Montcalm hires one principal, but loses another

Between rounds of interviews for a new superintendent, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education, at its monthly meeting Wednesday worked on filling two principal posts.

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Central Montcalm starts interviews for leader

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education on Wednesday interviewed two of the six superintendent candidates. Roche LaVictor, currently principal of Discovery Middle School in the Plymouth-Canton District, and Peter W. Bush Jr., currently high school principal for Coopersville Area Public Schools, each fielded a variety of questions in their hour-long interview before the board. The candidates then were given 15 minutes to question the board or present a closing statement.

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WALDON’S PONDERINGS: A dramatic jailhouse escape … and recapture

Three inmates of the Montcalm County Jail engineered a dramatic escape from their cell by fashioning a skeleton key out of a tin tobacco box, only to be captured in a huckleberry swamp several miles away.

That was the big news locally 100 years ago this week in the Greenville Independent.

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Central Montcalm school board to interview 6 for superintendent position

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education has recommended six candidates to interview for the superintendent of the district. The top spot is currently being covered by Interim Superintendent Amy Meinhardt, following Kristi Teall’s resignation as superintendent as of June 30.

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Sheridan VFW to host Meet the Candidates event

The Sheridan VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary will host a Meet the Candidates event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in anticipation of the upcoming primary election. The VFW Post is located at 209 W. Washington St. in downtown Sheridan.

Franz Mogdis has been executive director of the Montcalm Alliance since 1997. — File photo

Mogdis resigns after leading the Montcalm Alliance for 17 years

The executive director of the Montcalm Alliance presented his final quarterly economic development report to county officials Monday morning in that capacity. Franz Mogdis is stepping down as executive director of the Montcalm Alliance after 17 years. His resignation is effective July 31.

Cadet firefighters Jesse James, left, and Kristine Bush, center, are ready to accompany Sheridan Fire Chief Ed Lingeman, right, on emergency calls. Lingeman established the cadet program last year and hopes to have six cadets involved in upcoming months. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Sheridan’s Firefighter Cadet program provides valuable experience

If that firefighter hosing down your grass fire looks a little young to be wearing turnout gear, don’t be alarmed; chances are he or she is in training, part of the Firefighter Cadet program instituted last year by the Sheridan Community Fire Department. At present, only three teens are enrolled in the program, but Fire Chief Ed Lingeman would like to see that number double in the near future.

Former Stanton resident Gregory Patten, left, talks with a fellow DNR officer at an awards ceremony held in June in Lansing. Patten was named Shikar-Safari International’s Wildlife Officer of the Year. Each year the organization recognizes the service of natural resources officials in the United States and Canada. — Courtesy photo

Former Stanton man named DNR Officer of the Year

Growing up in Stanton and attending Central Montcalm High School, it was only natural Gregory Patten would develop an affinity for the outdoor life. The bucolic acres of corn and potatoes, the fallow fields, rivers and streams, they all spoke to Patten’s love of nature.

So perhaps it’s only natural that, well over three decades later, he should be named Shikar-Safari International’s Wildlife Officer of the Year.

Franz Mogdis has been executive director of the Montcalm Alliance since 1997. — File photo

JUST IN: Longtime Montcalm Alliance executive director resigns

The longtime leader of Montcalm County’s economic development is stepping down as the organization heads in a new direction.

Franz Mogdis is resigning as executive director of the Montcalm Alliance after 17 years. His resignation is effective July 31.

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‘He lived life by his heart’: 22-year-old man killed in motorcycle accident

The DeBerg family shared a picture perfect day Fourth of July together. Tim and Amy and their children, Tad and Tori, and Tad’s son Emmett went out for dinner to celebrate Tim’s birthday. They went to a park and played with Emmett. They went home and had cake and ice cream.