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Montcalm County Board of Commissioners organizes

New faces were in new chairs at Wednesday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners annual organizational meeting. Ron Blanding of Greenville, Ron Braman of Vestaburg and Steve DeWitt of Coral are the newest faces on the board, having been elected last year. Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview was re-appointed by his colleagues as longtime chairman of the board, with Ron Retzloff of Crystal appointed vice chairman.

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Stanton Community Fire Department marks facelift with open house Dec. 1

There’s no doubt firefighting can be a dangerous, difficult job. The men and women who put in the time and effort needed to protect the rest of us deserve the best training and equipment possible.

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Stanton water quality rating upgraded from ‘marginal’ to ‘satisfactory’

About 60 percent of your body is water, Your brain is 70 percent water, your lungs 90 percent. Every day, you must replace about 2.4 liters of water through drinking and the foods you eat. That’s something residents of Stanton can do with a little more confidence now, thanks to a host of recent improvements to the water system there.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s officials investigated the scene of a fatal barn fire this morning in Bushnell Township just south of Sheridan. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Body found in aftermath of Sheridan barn fire

A body was located inside a building after a barn fire early this morning just south of the village of Sheridan. The Sheridan Community Fire Department responded to the fire at 2:34 a.m. to 6681 S. Sheridan Road (M-66) north of Sessions Road.

The team that helped put together funding for the Stanton Fire Department expansion includes Stanton Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws, Assistant Fire Chief Dawayne Peterman, Fire Lt. Brandon Stowell, Douglass Township Board Trustee Tom Jeppesen, Sidney Township Board Supervisor Terry Peterman and Evergreen Township Board Supervisor Lyle Braman. — Courtesy photo

Stanton Fire Department expansion a cooperative effort

Three townships and the city of Stanton are pooling their resources to expand and improve the fire department that currently serves the entire area. Located in Stanton, the fire department has for some time been housed in cramped quarters. According to City Manager James Freed, the expansion is long overdue.

This Arctic Blast Sno-Cone machine, worth $900, hasn’t been used once since it arrived in Montcalm County last winter as part of a federal grant. — File photo

Montcalm County Homeland Security snow cone machine remains unused

Temps broke the 100-degree mark this week.
More than 9,000 Montcalm County residents were without power after a Thursday morning windstorm.
The annual Montcalm County 4-H Fair took place amid some of the hottest weather anyone can remember. Special plans had to be made to make sure youths and animals stayed hydrated.
A major Greenville business was destroyed in a fire that took 75 firefighters from 11 fire departments to extinguish — plus a weeklong investigation by a federal agency.

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Second motorist involved in April crash dies from injuries

A second motorist involved in a two-vehicle accent in Sheridan on April 29 died from injuries sustained in that accident. Timothy Cain, 33 of Sheridan, died Friday morning at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids from injuries he received in the accident.

The West Michigan Healing Field at Cannonsburg Ski Area in Cannon Township feature 3,200 flags from Friday through tomorrow in honor of the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in 2001. Thousands of individuals from across the state and the country visited the field to honor the victims over the weekend.

Spectators react to West Michigan Healing Field

If West Michigan communities could take away one sentiment from this weekend’s healing field, it would be that 10 years later, the nation is still united by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As the monumental anniversary approached, the question “How has America changed since 9/11?” has been posed by many. While airport security [...]