Cory Smith

Montcalm County Commissioners listen as Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead presents a reduced 2016-2017 fiscal year budget during Monday’s Finance and Personnel Committee meeting in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Cuts, new fees and increases part of plan for Animal Control

In an effort to quell the looming $1.5 million budget deficit that is facing Montcalm County, every department head within the county is working to reach a solution. During Monday morning’s Finance and Personnel Committee meeting, Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead presented a reduced 2016-2017 fiscal year budget at the request of the county commissioners.


JUST IN: Pierson man killed in Monday evening two-car accident

A Pierson man was killed late Monday evening when his vehicle was struck in a two-car collision.


IN BRIEF: Carson City-Crystal School Board re-votes, approves bus purchase again

Members of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education voted Monday evening on the same resolution for the second time in two months.


IN BRIEF: County Commissioners recommend budget request for Heath and Human services

Montcalm County Commissioners voted Monday morning to recommend a funding request for the Ionia Montcalm District Department of Health and Human Services.


Off-duty firefighter’s truck struck at scene of accident

An alleged drunken driver struck a firefighter’s pickup truck early Thursday morning as emergency personnel were attending to a crash that had happened about an hour earlier.

At approximately 1:06 a.m., officials were dispatched to a two-car accident at the intersection of 14 Mile (M-57) and Wabasis roads.

Camper Oberon Keck, 7, left, laughs as he paddles a canoe on Baldwin Lake on Wednesday with camp counselor Brad Bowser. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Fundraiser to benefit Greenville Optimist Camp Wah Wah Tay See

Standing on the northern shore of Baldwin Lake, Bob Hemmingsen couldn’t contain his excitement as he glanced out at many smiling faces.

The director of Greenville Optimist Camp Wah Wah Tay See was overseeing fishing and boating activities Wednesday morning, and the participating campers weren’t shy.

Sweepstakes Showmanship Champion Heather Fishburn, 17, of North Central 4-H Club, poses with her sheep, Jack, after winning the sweepstakes competition Saturday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Vestaburg teen defends title, repeats as sweepstakes showmanship champion

Being declared a showmanship champion stands as one of the highest honors in 4-H, and for Heather Fishburn, victory now tastes twice as sweet. On Saturday morning, 11 4-H’ers, each of them a showmanship champion for a separate animal class, walked into the livestock arena at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds with a goal to come out on top amongst their peers.

About 60 people attended a forum Thursday evening for candidates seeking election in the races for 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge and Montcalm County sheriff. The forum was held at Six Lakes VFW Post 5602. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Candidates for sheriff, judge make their pitch

Two of the most important decision-making positions in Montcalm County are up for election this year, and the candidates running for those positions are eager to make their voices heard.

Veterans from the Crystal Township area lead the annual Crystal Lake 4th of July Parade down Lake Street Monday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Families near and far come together for Fourth of July at Crystal Lake

The small downtown of Crystal may not appear in big, bold letters on any published map, but in the hearts of so many who have once called it home, it continues to loom large. A special, small-town lakeside community, there is no time of year where Crystal shines brightest than on the Fourth of July.

About 60 people attended a forum for Republican candidates for the 70th District State House Thursday evening at the Six Lakes VFW Post 5602, where they listened to each candidate speak. — Daily News/Cory Smith

GOP state rep hopefuls square off in Six Lakes

With less than a month remaining before the Aug. 2 primary, candidates for local and state elections are ready to hit the home stretch. On Thursday evening, Republican candidates for the 70th District State House participated in a forum at Six Lakes VFW Post 5602, hosted by ladies auxiliary member Shirley Pool.