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Montcalm County commissioners working to correct $600,000 deficit

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is tasked with correcting an estimated $600,000 shortfall for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer presented estimated expenditures of $14.8 million and estimated revenue of $14.2 million to the county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on July 27.

Greenville resident Charlotte Kohn, 3, enjoyed the task of running laundry through the wringer washer and hanging it on the clothesline to dry. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Heritage Village gives annual look at the way life used to be

Angela and John Elliott roamed the village street with their five boys, ranging in age from a rambunctious 10-year-old to an 8-week-old baby wrapped in a sling. The boys darted from building to building, enjoying a sample of what life was like back then. The Stanton family was one of many visiting Heritage Village on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus for the 29th annual Montcalm Heritage Festival during a three-day celebration that features historical displays, events and entertainment on the village just west of the Montcalm Community College campus.

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Ionia/Montcalm county auction proves fruitful for prospective property owners

Andy and Molly Brown had never attended a county land auction, but that didn’t stop them from being the first two in line at the Sheridan Community Center on Friday morning.

The husband and wife from Grand Rapids traveled to Sheridan for the annual Ionia/Montcalm County minimum bid land auction. They were joined by more than 100 individuals seeking to purchase foreclosed properties.

Former Sheridan Village Council member Don Nassif was one of several residents to receive citations under a new blight ordinance that, technically, had not yet been officially adopted by the village council. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Confusion reigns in Sheridan over new junk ordinance

Although it has been in the works for some time and has been reported in The Daily News, some village residents were still surprised to receive warning letters regarding blight ordinance violations.

The ordinance in question was officially adopted at Tuesday evening’s council meeting. However, citations went out to some residents as early as last month, before the ordinance was official.

Stanton, a great horned owl found injured one year ago on M-66, was successful returned to its natural habitat Wednesday by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office after a year of rehabilitation at Michigan State University. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Deputy releases Stanton the owl, back into wild one year after injury

Carefully, with slight hesitation but plenty of excitement, Deputy Mike LeVand slowly cut away at the cardboard box he had set on the edge of the open woods. After a few cuts with his blade, LeVand slowly opened the flaps of the box, and made eye contact with an owl named Stanton.

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BREAKING: Man with lengthy criminal record arraigned for Nevins Lake murder

Alan Lee Morse, 48, of Sidney Township, was arraigned this morning in Montcalm County 64B District Court, on the charge of the murder of Alan “Dale” Nelson, a charge with a penalty of life in prison.

Montcalm Community Trustee Robert Marston speaks to fellow board members Tuesday on the topic of submitting a grant for a new trail extension from the college to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC seeking MDOT grant to link Sidney campus to Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

The day this county’s community college is connected to its vast bicycle trailway system has been long been desired, but always out of reach. But now, that desire to connect Montcalm Community College (MCC) to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail is officially in reach, as was stated during Tuesday morning’s MCC Board of Trustees meeting.

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CM gets organized, plans goal-setting workshop

It took the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education only 29 minutes to conduct two meetings Monday evening. The first meeting — the annual organizational meeting — named school district attorneys, Title IX coordinators, a homeless liaison and established a regular monthly meeting schedule.

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JUST IN: Sheridan residents’ opinions vary on junk ordinance

Village residents had their chance to sound off tonight regarding a new junk ordinance. While some were hopping mad, others praised council members for adopting it.

A look at the Michigan Vietnam Veteran Traveling Memorial which will be coming to Stanton American Legion Post 452 on July 24-25. — Courtesy photo

Vietnam Veteran Traveling Memorial coming to Stanton Legion on July 24-25

There is not a combat veteran who would argue the fact that war is hell.

Although all of the conflicts the United States has been involved in have been trying on both the soldiers and their loved ones at home, one in particular brought out the best and the worst in this country: Vietnam.