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Amy Meinhardt, who was offered the position of superintendent of Central Montcalm Public School on Monday, speaks with sixth grade science teacher Bob Luginbuhl, left, on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm’s own Amy Meinhardt to be the next superintendent

Amy Meinhardt began as a kindergarten student at Central Montcalm Public School. After college graduation, she was hired by the district to be a first grade teacher. At a special school board meeting Monday night, Meinhardt was hired once again … this time as the new superintendent.

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Local group wants to ‘Bring Christmas Back To Stanton’

Christmas is coming back to Stanton (even if you didn’t know it ever left).

A local group called Bring Christmas Back To Stanton wants to relight the large pine tree on the lawn of the Montcalm County court complex on the north side of Stanton, something which hasn’t been done for several years.

It may not look like much now, but if a deal currently underway between the city of Stanton and PromoQuip goes through as planned, this vacant lot, located at 1126 East Main St., could be home to a new light industrial facility within one year. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

New light industrial facility may be coming to Stanton

This city may soon see an influx of light industrial expansion, assuming a deal between Stanton and a company currently located in Cedar Springs goes through as expected. PromoQuip, which builds and markets promotional equipment — like “money blowing booths,” Plinko games and prize wheels — is in negotiations with the city for a piece of property located at 1126 East Main St. According to City Manager Jake Eckholm and PromoQuip owner David Sanderson, the purchase is close to being a “done deal.”

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Gov. Snyder’s speech inspires GOP

Gov. Rick Snyder gave another one of his patented “relentlessly positive” speeches Tuesday during his State of the State address. The speech showcased what Snyder saw as highlights of Michigan’s past year, as well as introduced several new proposals, which inspired his own party.

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Rep. Moolenaar: Obama delivers mixed messages

President Barack Obama took a straightforward approach to his State of the Union address Tuesday, declaring the end of a recession and two wars and the start of more jobs and health insurance … and victoriously taking credit for all of the above.

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Central Montcalm’s interim leader to interview for top job

Amy Meinhardt has several titles after her name at Central Montcalm Public School. She is interim superintendent, curriculum director and state and federal programs director. After Monday night’s special school board meeting, she also earned a new moniker: superintendent candidate.

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Stanton clock project draws strong community support

Funds are coming in even faster than anticipated for a planned new downtown clock. The project’s logistics also are on track and planners are confident the clock will be installed according to schedule, sometime this fall or possibly sooner.

Montcalm Community College student Bryce Myers asks a question related to diversity Monday during a presentation by guest speaker Scott T. Ayotte of Spectrum Health.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC guest speaker delivers MLK Day tribute

Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as a civil rights leader will forever stand the test of time. His messages of equality and freedom for all, delivered decades ago, continue to resonate with the young learning minds of the present.

Central Montcalm Middle School math teacher Jennifer Thrush expresses her less-than-enthusiastic attitude toward kissing a pig. The entire middle school math department puckered up to reward students for a recent big win the North American Challenge, an online mathematics contest. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Central Montcalm Middle School math teachers pucker up for pig

Students at Central Montcalm Middle School were squealing with delight Thursday when several of their teachers and principal swallowed their pride, held their noses and kissed a pig. The porcine canoodling was the students’ reward for rising to the top of the North American leader board on the Manga High online math website. According to teacher Shannon Powell, several math teachers promised to kiss a live pig if the students achieved this goal.

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Montcalm County elected official wage debate wages on

Call it payroll pinball.

A proposal to conduct a wage study for elected county officials was put into motion by the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners last summer by referring the issue to the Finance & Personnel Committee. When only two of 11 vendors responded to the county’s request for bids, commissioners referred the issue back to committee. On Monday, the committee decided to send the issue to a sub-committee for further analysis.