Elisabeth Waldon

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Montcalm County military department may have its coordinator

The newly established Montcalm County Department of Military and Veteran Services is one step closer to becoming a reality.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County committee members discuss dog kennel ordinance

Committee members representing the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners discussed and vote on multiple county issues Monday, including a kennel ordinance, a newly created military department and whether to fund a wage study of elected officials.

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Helping Hands going strong in Howard City, still needs more helping hands

Helping Hands is in its 24th year of operation, finishing up its first year in a new location, and the Howard City food pantry — and the demand for it — show no signs of slowing down.

The food pantry relocated a year ago from a small building in downtown Howard City to a new, 32,000-square-foot building at 1105 S. Ensley St. just south of town.

The historic Lakeview Inn at 333 S. Lincoln Ave. in downtown Lakeview has been condemned — again. All residents living in the upstairs apartments have been given until Dec. 31 to leave the 120-year-old building. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview Inn condemned again, residents must leave by Dec. 31

A 120-year-old building located in the heart of Lakeview has been condemned for the second time in three and a half years. The Lakeview Inn at 333 S. Lincoln Ave. was built in 1894 and has housed various businesses over the past century.

Randy Heckman is wearing a lot of hats in Howard City these days — business owner, fire chief, village manager and village president. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Randy Heckman juggling multiple village responsibilities

Imagine waking up in the early morning hours and firing up the snowplow to clear local streets, ushering in mourners for an afternoon funeral visitation, researching a possible zoning violation, presiding over an evening village council meeting and then being roused from your sleep well after midnight to rush out and fight a fire.

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How much should elected officials earn? Montcalm County board debating whether to fund wage study

A proposal to conduct a compensation study for elected county officials has stalled … again. The issue originally arose last August when Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard requested an $8,000 salary increase based on how her duties have changed since she first took office in 1998.

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Montcalm County commissioners move PACE district push forward

A push to create a property assessed clean energy (PACE) district in Montcalm County is beginning to move forward. On Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 to obtain public comment about contracting with Lean & Green Michigan to create a PACE district.

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Hubbardston treasurer ‘shell shocked’ after being fired by new president

The new Hubbardston village president was sworn into office on Nov. 20.

Less than three weeks later, Julie Hobart-Reed made her first executive decision. She chose to terminate Carol Fink as village treasurer.

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JUST IN: Howard City Village Council hires new president as manager

HOWARD CITY — The Howard City Village Council unanimously voted to call off an ongoing village manager search in favor of hiring newly elected Village President Randy Heckman as interim village manager.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County BOC votes on clean energy, veterans department

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners discussed and approved a variety of motions today involving clean energy, emergency services, military and veterans and the wages of elected officials.