Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen applauds Montcalm Care Network Executive Director Tammy Quillan for the work she’s done over the past 11 years. (Daily News | Elisabeth Waldon)

Montcalm Care Network celebrates 50 years of service

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners looked a lot different half a century ago.

Levi Kinsey, 18, has overcome an array of tough circumstances — including abuse and neglect, multiple foster care homes and stints as a homeless youth — and will graduate with Tri County’s class of 2016 tonight. (Daily News | Elisabeth Waldon)

Tri County senior looks back on eventful 18 years

Levi Kinsey got a tattoo on April 6 to celebrate his 18th birthday. He went to the Creation Station Tattoo Studio in Newaygo to get Philippians 4:13 inked permanently on his arm: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
“It’s my life motto,” he said. “It always has been and always will be. It’s gotten me through a lot of tough times and challenges.”

A standing room only audience packed the room on the third floor of the Montcalm County Administrative Building (old courthouse) in Stanton on Monday to voice their concerns about closing Animal Control and county parks. — Daily News/Cory Smith

County Animal Control elimination vote fails, parks decision postponed

Montcalm County didn’t go into debt overnight … and neither are elected officials going to be able to fix the problem in one day. This was Helen Hamler’s theory when she stood before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday to ask them not to shut down Animal Control.

Audience members applaud the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners' vote not to eliminate Animal Control and the animal shelter. — Daily News/Cory Smith

IN BRIEF: Montcalm County BOC votes against eliminating Animal Control

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted today against their own proposal to eliminate Animal Control and the animal shelter.

Health Officer Marcus Cheatham, left, listens as Orlando Todd of Local Public Health Services at the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services presents the Mid-Michigan District Health Department with a plaque congratulating the health department on 50 years of public health service. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Health department celebrates 50 years

Jane Keon grew up in St. Louis, a small town devastated by a toxic chemical mix-up that continues to result in elevated poison levels in people’s blood throughout Michigan today. When Keon grew up, she mobilized her community to protect water and fight toxic pollution, taking the fight all the way to the EPA in Washington, D.C. When John Switzer learned there was high levels of fecal matter in the Upper Maple River, he obtained grant funding to implement a watershed management plan, then leveraged a grant to assist other watersheds developing plans for the Flat River and the Pine River.

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Howard City Village Council votes to stay with current employee health insurance

The Howard City Village Council voted 6-1 on Monday night to leave employee health insurance as is, even though it will cost the village an extra $10,000 per year.

The village’s health insurance needed to be renewed by June 1. The village council had the option of staying with its current Priority Health plan at a cost of $74,000 per year or switching to a new Priority Health plan at a cost of $64,600 per year.

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IN BRIEF: Howard City remains unsure about blighted property

For the second month in a row, the Howard City Village Council discussed but took no action tonight on a blighted property.

The property at 121 Godfrey St. is one of 53 parcels that went into foreclosure this year in Montcalm County due to delinquent taxes from 2013.

An original Amble Fire Department helmet is on display in a glass case at Winfield Township Hall. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Amble Fire Department may soon be history

A black helmet with “Amble Fire Dept.” written in white across the brim is behind glass in a display case at Winfield Township Hall. The helmet is a relic from the early days of the fire department. The present day fire department is about to become a piece of history too.

Robert Clingenpeel of Stanton was offered the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator on Monday after his secondary interview. If he accepts, he proposes to do the job in addition to his current position of director of the Montcalm County Commission on Aging. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County’s top job offered to Clingenpeel

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

Clingenpeel, the director of the Commission on Aging, was one of four internal candidates for the job. Clerk Kristen Millard and accountant Brenda Taeter were also in the running while Deputy Register of Deeds Catrina Woodruff recently withdrew as a candidate.

Montcalm County Animal Control could be closed in the near future after a budget recommendation by the Montcalm County’s Finance & Personnel Committee. — File photo

County officials recommend shutting down Animal Control, closing 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. Committee members made the recommendations Monday morning at the request of Commissioner Ron Retzloff. He recommended shutting down Animal Control, the animal shelter and all its employees, and having the Humane Society take over local animal services. Retzloff estimates this will save at least $100,000.