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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley addresses the Class of 2015 at Montcalm Community College’s 48th annual commencement at Central Montcalm High School Friday. Calley, of Ionia, attended MCC in 1994 and 1995. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

360 graduates celebrate ‘end of journey’ at MCC graduation

For many students at Montcalm Community College, an education isn’t just taking classes. It’s hours of free time spent studying, eating meals on the go, sleeping in a car between classes and relying on others to help with family to get through the day. No one knows that better than Rachel Gilbert, a mother of three from Trufant who wanted more for her life than a minimum wage job. On Friday, she, along with 360-plus other graduates, celebrated the end of a long journey during Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) 48th annual commencement ceremony at Central Montcalm High School.

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JUST IN: Sheriff’s deputy hits car while en-route to crash

On Saturday, three people, including a Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputy, were treated for minor injuries after the deputy struck a vehicle on M-66.

A “Clifford Lake Hotel” sign hangs over the bar at the new Clifford Lake Inn, which also features original wood beams which add a rustic charm to the bar. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Historic Clifford Lake Inn makes grand reopening with new owners

The restored and revived Clifford Lake Inn has something old (floors, beams and ceilings), something new (furniture and kitchen), something borrowed (classic recipes with a twist) and something blue (the lake, of course). The 134-year-old dining gem of Douglass Township is making its grand reopening today. My husband and I enjoyed a sneak peek Friday evening at the invitation of new owners Thomas and Mary Stuit of Grand Rapids.

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Calley gives her opinion about the Central Area Michigan Works Consortium while commissioners Jack Shattuck, left, and Scott Wirtz, center, listen Tuesday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Ionia County leaves four-county Michigan Works for Region 4 agency

Ionia County is leaving a four-county employment service agency for a new 13-county arrangement. In a split vote Tuesday night, the Ionia County Board of Commissioners voted against staying with the Central Area Michigan Works Consortium (CAMWC) — which serves Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm counties — in favor of realigning with a yet-to-be-finalized Michigan Works agency in Region 4, which encompasses 13 counties.

Ronald Simon, at far left, is interviewed for the job of Montcalm Area Intermediate School District superintendent at a special meeting Tuesday night in Stanton. MAISD Board members voted unanimously to offer Simon the position. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Montcalm Area Intermediate School District names new superintendent

The man tapped to fill the role of superintendent for the Montcalm County Intermediate School District (MAISD) said he hopes to bring an “open door” style of leadership to the post. At a special meeting Tuesday night, the MAISD Board of Education voted unanimously to offer the position to Ronald Simon, who has worked as associate superintendent of finance for the MAISD since 2010.

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Central Montcalm Public School removes transportation director

The shaking up of the building and grounds department at Central Montcalm Public School has led to the toppling of the lead position. In a 4-minute meeting Monday, the Central Montcalm Board of Education voted 6-0 against renewing the administrative contract of Transportation Director Valerie Conklin.

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JUST IN: MAISD chooses new superintendent

Members of the Montcalm County Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education have chosen a new superintendent to replace Scott Koenigsknecht who is leaving to accept a position with another ISD.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approves EMS requests

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved multiple requests from the county’s Emergency Medical Services department during their monthly meeting today.

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Sidney Township still waiting on answers after homicide, home invasions

It’s been one month since a Sidney Township man was found slain in his home amidst multiple home invasions in the Nevins Lake neighborhood. Alan “Dale” Nelson, 80, was found in his house at 591 Nelson Drive on March 30. His home had been broken into, along with three other cottages on the lake. Nelson lived alone and was home by himself at the time of the attack. Police have not yet released the cause of Nelson’s death.

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Outman making second attempt to keep e-cigarettes away from kids

As the popularity of electronic cigarettes grows, so too does the amount of questions raised regarding how they should be regulated. Are they dangerous? What’s in them? Are they a legitimate substitute for traditional cigarettes?