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Hemingsen easily re-elected 64B District Court judge

The sitting judge of Montcalm County 64B District Court was handily returned to the bench by voters Tuesday.

Judge Donald Hemingsen won the non-partisan election with 9,407 votes, compared to challenger Kathleen Dunne’s 4,568 votes, or 67 percent to 33 percent.

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Linton re-elected to road commissioner post

Voters in Montcalm County threw their support for road commissioner to Republican incumbent and Greenville resident Dale Linton with 10,085 votes for 61 percent of the vote.

Linton beat out Democratic challenger Shane Jacobs who garnered 6,293 votes or 38 percent.

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Moolenaar to fill 4th District seat

Republican John Moolenaar will fill 4th Congressional District seat vacated by retiring Dave Camp, having beaten out Democratic challenger Jeff Holmes by a vote of 123,487 to 85,492 with 385 of 387 precincts reporting in Tuesday’s election.

Camp has held the post since first being elected in 1990.

At left, Montcalm Community College Vice President for Student and Academic Affairs Rob Spohr discusses the college’s enrollment numbers, as Dean of Student & Enrollment Services Debra Alexander, center, and President Bob Ferrentino, right, listen during a MCC Board of Trustees meeting earlier this month. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Enrollment up, financial forecast down at Montcalm Community College

As Michigan’s economic recovery continues, the same cannot be said for its effect on community college enrollment.

Of the 28 community colleges in Michigan, 26 are currently experiencing a drop in enrollment, and Montcalm Community College has not been immune to that decrease.

Community engagement, like what local health facilities are doing, is key to successfully controlling outbreaks like the Ebola virus. Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of interventions, namely case management, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, safe burials and social mobilization. — Courtesy photo

Ebola is minor threat locally, but health officials are ready

An infectious disease outbreak like Ebola usually has three things working in its favor: A lack of remedies, a lack of precautions and an unchecked system to where those infected travel beyond ground zero.

Fortunately, if ever an infectious disease were to threaten the mid-Michigan area, health officials say they are more than ready.

Members of the Stanton City Commission discussed plans Tuesday which are moving forward for a new recreational park near Central Montcalm High School. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Planning continues for Stanton recreational park

For the next 50 years, this city will lease property from Central Montcalm Public School at the rate of $1 per year. That agreement, currently being finalized between the two entities, moves plans for a recreational park one small step closer to fruition.

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Financial help available for local veterans

The Soldiers and Sailors Relief Commission is one of the lesser known charitable organizations in Montcalm County. Chairman Eric Halvorsen of Sheridan reported on the group’s annual activities during Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Nice weather cancels vote on Montcalm County parks

Monday’s weather was so unseasonably warm, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners decided to postpone a vote. Earlier this month, the county’s Parks & Rec Commission had recommended permanently closing the county’s day parks for the season one month early — on Oct. 1 instead of Nov. 1.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, right, answers a question during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College as Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons, address K-12 education funding claims

The current debate of how education funding in Michigan has been handled under Gov. Rick Snyder couldn’t be more polarizing. Depending on which political advertisement is on one’s television or radio, the debate ranges from an increase of more than $1 billion in additional funds to a decrease of the same amount.

Greenville High School advanced placement government students, junior Stephanie Doyle, 16, left, and junior Izzie Matthews, 16, center, use an iPad and cell phone to give 33rd District State Senate candidate Fred Sprague, D-Mount Pleasant, the appropriate 1-minute time frame to speak during Wednesday evening’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Political hopefuls participate in final local candidate forum

With just 12 days remaining until the Nov. 4 general election, there was no mistaking the location of the final candidate forum for political contenders in contested races. Attendees of Wednesday’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville were greeted by an wave of campaign signs, guiding them to the meeting of political rivals.