Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County Commission on Aging Director Robert Clingenpeel has been offered the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

JUST IN: Clingenpeel offered Montcalm County admin job

After two split votes today, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved offering the controller-administrator job to Robert Clingenpeel.


JUST IN: Montcalm County officials recommend closing Animal Control and parks

Montcalm County’s Finance & Personnel Committee is recommending shutting down Animal Control and the animal shelter and closing county parks to help with the county’s budget situation.

Applauding veterans during a Vietnam veteran commemoration ceremony Wednesday at Central Michigan University are, from left, First Lt. Michael Miller, U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, Major Gen. James Jackson and Brigadier Gen. Michael Stone.

Vietnam veterans honored as part of national effort

Tom Porter was drafted into U.S. military service in 1965. He went through officer candidate school and was trained in the artillery before serving as a military policeman at Fort Gordon, Georgia, while many of his classmates were sent to Vietnam. One was killed in action in 1967. Two more remain missing in action to this day.

Brian Smith of Central Asphalt in Mount Pleasant lines up string along Lake Montcalm Road near Vestaburg on Monday, as Matt Toth works nearby. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

$4 million in road repairs underway in Montcalm County (PHOTOS)

Portions of three gravel roads will be restored to asphalt as part of $4 million in road work projects this year. The Road Commission for Montcalm County borrowed $4 million from Chemical Bank (a 10-year loan with a 2.2 interest rate) to get a jump start on repairing roads based on Michigan’s $1.2 billion road funding package approved by legislators last November.

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.


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.