Elisabeth Waldon

Bricks from the former Carnation building will be sold for $5 each starting Feb. 22 with funds going toward a community mural to be painted on the north side of Chemical Bank in Sheridan, as well as other community improvements. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Demolition is underway on Sheridan’s old Carnation building

Carol Brand has lived in this village all her life — more than 70 years now — and the old milk condensery has always been a part of the landscape. Her grandfather, Jay Flennery, was a dairy farmer and sold his milk to “the can,” as locals called the cannery. Brand recalls as a girl going on a school field trip of the facility and seeing the “great, big, huge evaporator.”

A sign directs motorists to the Montcalm County Animal Shelter at 154 Quarterline St. in Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County Animal Control wants more explanatory moniker

Is Montcalm County in the business of controlling or caring for animals? Angie Hollinshead thinks it’s both. That’s why the director of Montcalm County Animal Control wants to change her department’s name. Hollinshead presented her idea at Monday’s Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee.

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Michigan Court of Appeals reverses portion of dismissal of Carson City hospital lawsuit

The Michigan Court of Appeals has reversed a portion of a Montcalm County court’s dismissal of a nurse’s lawsuit against Carson City Hospital alleging defamation and liability.
Marcia Duma, a registered nurse, was fired from Carson City Hospital — now known as Sparrow Carson Health — based on allegations that she violated various hospital procedures in order to misappropriate prescription pain killers.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County committees hear requests from hospital, prosecutor, EMS

Montcalm County committees considered and recommended multiple requests to the full board today.

The county’s Health & Human Services Committee recommended the full board approve a request from Sheridan Community Hospital Administrator Randy Flechsig to create a resolution supporting the hospital’s application for the 340B Drug Pricing Program for Michigan.

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Grattan Academy hires marketing firm

The Grattan Academy Board of Directors is committing nearly $10,000 toward marketing its school to attract new students, while retaining current ones. During a special meeting Jan.16, the Grattan school board unanimously approved hiring Piper & Gold Public Relations firm for the purpose of building a compelling marketing communications plan at a cost not to exceed $9,750.

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Howard City Winterfest revival a success, despite warm weather

Although “Frozen In Time” was the theme of this year’s Winterfest, there was more thawing than freezing Saturday in Howard City.

However, despite sunshine and temps in the 40s, the village’s effort to revive the celebration of winter proved to be a moderate success.

Michael Young.

‘An all-around good guy’: Rockford city manager remembered

The career of Michael Young, which started in Greenville and flourished in Rockford, came to an unexpected end this week.

Young died Wednesday after suffering a stroke a Monday. He was 48 years old and had just marked his 20th year as Rockford city manager. He is survived by his wife, Melissa, and their children, Michaela, Mackenzie and Jake.

Howard City will host Winterfest on Saturday with the theme “Frozen In Time.” The daylong festival will feature ice skating and broom ball at Ensley Park, plus a chili cook-off and a showing of the movie “Frozen” at the Howard City Fire Department. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City to be ‘Frozen In Time’ on Saturday

After a two-year absence, Winterfest is making a comeback in this village.

A full day of winter fun with the theme “Frozen In Time” is planned from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The festival committee is comprised of Paula Hagstrom, Dawn Johansen, Mary Overbeek and Howard City Village Manager-President Randy Heckman.

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Former Montcalm County mental health leader imprisoned for felonies

A well respected Montcalm County mental health leader has ended his career in disgrace and a prison term in another county.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a request for the Road Commission for Montcalm County to borrow $4 million for local road work. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Road Commission to borrow $4 million for Montcalm County roads

The Road Commission for Montcalm County will be borrowing $4 million to get a jump start on road work based on Michigan’s legislative road funding package. Road Commission Superintendent-Manager Mark Christensen appeared before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday to request permission for the Road Commission to begin the process of borrowing $4 million. The board unanimously approved the request.