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JUST IN: Greenville man found dead along road, foul play not expected

A Greenville man was found along the side of the road Monday afternoon, but foul play is not expected.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 3000 block of West County Farm Road around 4 p.m. after a body was reported lying in the ditch alongside the road.

Audience members applaud the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners' vote not to eliminate Animal Control and the animal shelter. — Daily News/Cory Smith

IN BRIEF: Montcalm County BOC votes against eliminating Animal Control

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted today against their own proposal to eliminate Animal Control and the animal shelter.

Dakota Shaffer, 15, shares a moment with her mother, Amanda, right, Thursday afternoon at their home in Vestaburg. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Care Network offers outpatient and home-based therapy

Montcalm County residents, like anywhere else, face barriers when it comes to receiving comprehensive mental health care. The rural landscape of the county can mean isolation for some families in need. Financial stability can be another issue.

The Montcalm Care Network, based in Stanton, is focused on helping children and families conquer those barriers in order to receive mental health care services.

Laura McCallum and Sydney Stauffer served as valedictorian and salutatorian for Central Montcalm High School. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Central Montcalm High School graduates 98 seniors

Laura McCallum and Sydney Stauffer ranked as the top two academic scholars in the Central Montcalm High School Class of 2016, earning the roles of valedictorian and salutatorian.

Throughout their four years of high school, the two have both been in National Honor Society, served as president and vice-president of their senior class and have been leaders in various clubs and organizations.

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The Daily News named best in Michigan

The Daily News was named the best in the state Sunday in the annual Michigan Associated Press (AP) Media Editors newspaper competition.

The Daily News won for general excellence in Division 1 and was honored with 10 other awards during Sunday’s AP banquet in Lansing.

Health Officer Marcus Cheatham, left, listens as Orlando Todd of Local Public Health Services at the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services presents the Mid-Michigan District Health Department with a plaque congratulating the health department on 50 years of public health service. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Health department celebrates 50 years

Jane Keon grew up in St. Louis, a small town devastated by a toxic chemical mix-up that continues to result in elevated poison levels in people’s blood throughout Michigan today. When Keon grew up, she mobilized her community to protect water and fight toxic pollution, taking the fight all the way to the EPA in Washington, D.C. When John Switzer learned there was high levels of fecal matter in the Upper Maple River, he obtained grant funding to implement a watershed management plan, then leveraged a grant to assist other watersheds developing plans for the Flat River and the Pine River.

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Central Montcalm school board hears about band and robotics

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education recognized both band and robotics students during Monday evening’s meeting. Members of the high school band, under the direction of Matt Reed, earlier this year earned a Division I rating at the state Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) festival.

Board members Brian Corwin and Bud Longnecker and Board President Stephen Foster listen as Superintendent Ron Simon gives his report. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MAISD board approves retirements, resignations

Four staff members in the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) will be departing during the course of this year. The MAISD Board of Education approved the retirements of special education teacher Annegret Paas, bus driver Betty Sleight and administrative assistant Dawn Lantz and the resignation of plant and animal science teacher Abby Schofield during Thursday morning’s meeting. Paas’ retirement will be effective July 1 and Sleight’s retirement will be effective Sept. 1.

One Book One County kickoff is set for Thursday at 6 p.m.

One Book One County kick-off set for Thursday

Although this year’s One Book One County initiative will likely seem familiar to many, organizers say there have been many changes happening on the “back end.” Chief among these is that many of the program’s activities are now being organized on a local level by libraries on a community by community basis.

The streets of Stanton are considerably cleaner than previously, thanks to the efforts of two city residents who volunteered their time and equipment to help their neighbors comply with a new blight ordinance. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton men help clean up city

He’s the man who cleaned up the city, with the help of one faithful companion. No, not the Lone Ranger.

Retiree Ron Blum didn’t carry a shootin’ iron and his buddy, Frank Sawdy, doesn’t ride a horse named Scout. But together they made Stanton a nicer place to live.