Darrin Clark

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Montcalm County Brownfield Authority to re-vote on firm

Montcalm County Brownfield Authority members are preparing to meet and review engineering firm documents one week from today after several members failed to properly do so last month. Montcalm County was awarded a $400,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Cooperative Assistance Agreement grant last year to assess local Brownfield sites for hazardous substances and petroleum. Six statements of qualification to administer the assessment were submitted to the county.

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Daily News staffers receive promotions

A pair of Daily News staff members are receiving promotions on Monday.

Elisabeth Waldon has accepted the position of news editor. In her new role, she will manage the reporting staff, scheduling and story assignments. Waldon also has been named editor of the Carson City Gazette — her second stint in that role. Ryan Schlehuber has accepted the new position of features editor, which will include supervising a features writer and providing more support in the production of The Daily News beyond the special section content he currently produces.

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 28, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012

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OUR VIEW: A promise we need to make

On Monday, The Daily News commented on the Michigan Senate Democrats proposal for a new version of the Michigan Promise, a state-of-Michigan version of the Kalamazoo Promise. Kalamazoo’s privately funded program guarantees scholarship grants to graduates of that city’s public schools.

Joseph (Ed Koutz) and Mary (Audra Tyler) take the baby Jesus to the temple, where they meet Simeon (Jim Wilcox) during the Sheridan Assembly of God Church’s drama. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Music takes the lead in Sheridan church’s first Christmas cantata

Sheridan Assembly of God Church is adding a Christmas cantata this year to its long-standing tradition of presenting an Easter drama. “Changed by a Baby Boy” is a two-hour presentation of music and drama telling the story of Christ’s birth and the meaning of his presence.

From left to right, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Snyder, Deputy Jamie Medler, Staff Sgt. Brian Waber and Deputy Kevin Germain convene while investigating a shooting on Briggs Road in Douglass Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Gun fired after Douglass Township domestic dispute

A man fired a gun after a domestic disturbance in Douglass Township on Wednesday. Montcalm County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Waber said a boyfriend and girlfriend were arguing in a mobile home around 10:40 a.m. at 5414 W. Briggs Road when a gun discharged.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 8, 2011

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Montcalm County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Russell investigates a call of shots fired Tuesday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon.

Police believe call of shots fired in Gowen was fake

A man with alleged mental health issues told police an acquaintance fired a shotgun at him before fleeing into the woods. But police are skeptical of the report and have no evidence suggesting a shooting ever took place. Sheriff Bill Barnwell said deputies responded to a call of a possible shooting around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Johnson and Holland Lake roads.

Don Godell retired as Montcalm County Sheriff in 2000. He died Monday morning at his home in Florida. — File photo

A ‘cops cop’: Former Montcalm County Sheriff Godell dies in Florida

Former Sheriff Don Godell worked a 43-year law enforcement career spanning the mean streets of Detroit to the relatively tranquil back country of Montcalm County. Godell, who served 15 years as Montcalm County’s sheriff, died Monday morning at his home in Florida. He was 79.

Construction at Spectrum Health United Hospital is well under way. Patient access has been maintained while various parts of the hospital are relocated.

Hospital construction under way

Signs of construction are all over Spectrum Health United Hospital a month into a $10 million expansion and renovation project. Many items have already been checked off the list already, according to spokeswoman Jennifer DenOuden. Hospital functions have been rearranged to accommodate the work.