Kai Loni Redner, 26, at left, and Rebecca Rowe, 23, both of Lakeview, proudly display their marriage license in front of the Montcalm County Administrative Building (old courthouse) in Stanton on Friday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview women first same-sex couple to marry in Montcalm County

Like many Americans, the two women learned the news from a Facebook post. Kai Loni Redner, 26, and Rebecca Rowe, 23, both of Lakeview, were helping a family member move Friday morning when they heard about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the United States.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County has first same-sex marriage

Bursting into the Montcalm County Clerk’s Office just before the noon lunch hour today, the two women were breathless and smiling.

“We’re here to get married!” they exclaimed.

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Montcalm Area Master Gardeners club going strong after 20 years

It was 20 years ago that a handful of gardening enthusiasts gathered at Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) Sidney campus to take part in a newly formed curriculum and to learn more about their chosen passion, growing things in dirt.

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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?

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UPDATE: Police investigating murder of 80-year-old Sidney Township man

An 80-year-old Sidney Township man who was found dead in his home was the victim of homicide, police say.

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Central Montcalm Public School showcases student achievements

The arts are alive and well at Central Montcalm Public School. So are athletics and academics, if Thursday evening’s event — held at the high and middle schools — is any indication.

Well over 1,000 parents, grandparents and other interested parties packed the schools for this year’s Central Montcalm Educational Showcase. Though the event highlights all aspects of school life, it is definitely “art-centric.”

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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.

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JUST IN: MCC Board discusses President Obama’s free community college plan

If two years of community college tuition ultimately became free for students as President Barack Obama proposed last week, the effect would have lasting consequences for schools such as Montcalm Community College (MCC).

Firefighters from 16 fire departments worked together Wednesday to extinguish a blaze at Crooks Potato Farms, located at 5450 N. Musson Road near Stanton, where six storage facilities were destroyed resulting in millions of dollars in damages. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New Year’s Eve fire leaves millions in damages at Crooks Potato Farms

This new year will be one of rebuilding and attempting to move forward for the employees and owners of one of the largest potato farms in Montcalm County.

Members of the Montcalm Economic Alliance, and several non members, discuss the group's bylaws Wednesday afternoon. —Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Montcalm Economic Alliance approves bylaws

Members of the Montcalm Economic Alliance officially took a step forward to shape the organizations image and establish an identity by accepting the entity’s bylaws Wednesday.