Elisabeth Waldon

Listening to county budget discussions are, from left, Montcalm County accountant Brenda Taeter, who is also interim county controller-administrator; Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview; and Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, who — like Taeter — is a candidate for the controller-administrator job. (Daily News | Elisabeth Waldon)

Montcalm County commissioners updated on budget situation

Montcalm County officials not only need to stop a bleeding budget — they need to perform open heart surgery on the county’s entire business model.

Greg Colley conducts plumbing and mechanical inspections Tuesday morning at the new Hathaway Hills Assisted Living Facility in Greenville. Colley is one of two part-time inspectors for the Montcalm County Building Department who will be receiving a raise of $2 per inspection, bringing the total from $18 to $20 per inspection. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County building inspectors get first raise in more than a decade

Montcalm County’s two building inspectors are getting their first wage increase in more than a decade. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 on Monday to approve a recommendation from the county’s Finance & Personnel committee earlier this month.

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Montcalm County undersheriff continues role as interim jail admin

The Montcalm County Jail will be short an administrator and a corrections officer for at least another month. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners reviewed a request Monday from Sheriff Bill Barnwell to fill the vacant jail administrator position, as well as a vacant corrections officer position.

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Lyons man airlifted to hospital after suspected drunken driving crash

A Lyons man was airlifted to a hospital Friday afternoon after a suspected drunken driving accident.

Ace Moore.

ON THE RECORD: Montcalm County cracking down on recycling site abuse

One man has been convicted and fined after dumping garbage at a Montcalm County recycling site, putting a face to a countywide problem.

Eric Harrington. — Courtesy photo

ON THE RECORD: Belding woman acted in self-defense in fatal shooting

A Belding woman acted in lawful self-defense when she fatally shot her boyfriend eight times after he attacked her while on multiple drugs in front of their child. Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler issued the legal ruling on Friday.

Investigators from the Michigan State Police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting last October in Belding. The shooting was ruled to have been lawfully justified by self defense. — File photo

IN BRIEF: Belding woman acted in self-defense in fatal shooting

A Belding woman acted in lawful self-defense when she fatally shot her boyfriend eight times after he attacked her while on multiple drugs in front of their child.

The Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office issued the ruling this afternoon.

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Local primary election candidates finalized

The hottest races in this year’s primary election include two state representative districts, two county sheriffs, circuit court judge and … Belvidere Township? Quiet little Belvidere Township in Six Lakes has 17 candidates contesting four seats on the township board.

John MacDougall

Free drug recovery symposium set for Saturday

Anyone who is struggling with a drug addiction or has a loved one who is struggling knows how impossible the situation can feel. Montcalm County’s fourth annual Recovery Symposium aims to encourage and inspire these people.

The house and property at 121 Godfrey St. in Howard City has been an ongoing blight problem for years. The Howard City Village Council is considering purchasing and demolishing the foreclosed home. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City considers demolishing blighted, foreclosed property

The Howard City Village Council is considering purchasing and demolishing a blighted house in the village.

The property is one of 53 parcels that went into foreclosure this year in Montcalm County due to delinquent taxes from 2013.