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Elizabeth Pynaert

Stanton hires acting city manager

The Stanton City Commission voted 6-1 during a special meeting Tuesday night to appoint an acting city manager and to re-advertise for a permanent city manager. The City Commission offered a full-time acting city manager job to Elizabeth Pynaert, who works as executive assistant and community liaison for the city. Pynaert accepted the job. She will meet with Mayor Larry Petersen to finalize details regarding duties and salary.

The Howard City Village Council voted Monday for ordinance language stating that no vehicles may be parked on village streets between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. from Nov. 1 to April 15. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City clarifies street parking ordinance rules

Ask any snowplow driver and they will tell you one of their biggest challenges is plowing around illegally parked vehicles. The Howard City Village Council attempted to help with this issue during Monday night’s meeting by unanimously voting for ordinance language stating that no vehicles may be parked on village streets between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. from Nov. 1 to April 15.

John Axe, an attorney with Clark Hill in Detroit, reports on the slow progress of a Montcalm County financial investigation. Axe is pictured next to Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin during Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Firms still investigating Montcalm County’s financial ‘mess’

Deciphering Montcalm County’s pecuniary puzzle is taking longer than expected.

During Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, John Axe, an attorney with Clark Hill in Detroit, reported on the slow progress.Deciphering Montcalm County’s pecuniary puzzle is taking longer than expected.

During Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, John Axe, an attorney with Clark Hill in Detroit, reported on the slow progress.

Elizabeth Pynaert

IN BRIEF: Stanton hires acting city manager

The Stanton City Commission voted 6-1 during a special meeting Tuesday night to appoint an acting city manager and to re-advertise for a permanent city manager.

The Commission offered a full-time acting city manager job to Elizabeth Pynaert, who works as executive assistant and community liaison for the city of Stanton. Pynaert accepted the job. She will meet with Mayor Larry Petersen to finalize details regarding duties and salary.

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IN BRIEF: Howard City Village Council looks to 2017

he Howard City Village Council dealt with the final business of the year in a drama-free 29-minute meeting Monday night.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County BOC hosts final meeting of the year

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners took action on multiple agenda items during their last regular meeting of 2016.

A Montcalm County-operated recycling service in Howard City was shut down Dec. 5 after the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted to eliminate it from Leppink’s Food Center. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

One less recycling location for Montcalm County

A solitary sign is all that remains of Howard City’s recycling site. The Montcalm County-operated service was shut down Dec. 5 after the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted on Nov. 7 to eliminate it due to an increase in county recycling costs, as well as garbage and trash abuse at the site, which was located in the parking lot of Leppink’s Food Center on M-82.

Ryan Griffee

Coral man convicted of extortion

A man was sentenced to jail after using a stolen trailer to blackmail and threaten a longtime friend. Ryan Griffee, 28, of Coral, was in possession of a utility trailer he had stolen, according to the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office. He loaned the stolen trailer to a longtime friend last spring in Howard City. While the trailer was in the friend’s possession, it was stolen.

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JUST IN: 3 injured in Lakeview traffic accident

Three people were injured in a collision at the intersection of Youngman Road and Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) on Friday morning.

Michigan State Police Lakeview Post troopers responded to the accident at 7 a.m.

Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, at left, assists Kay Westergaard and Reynolds Township Clerk Robin Sholty as they try to determine whether a bin containing presidential election ballots was properly sealed. The women were among 30 volunteers assisting in a presidential recount Wednesday at the former Stanton elementary school building. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County completes presidential election ballot recount

Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard oversaw her first presidential election ballot recount in record time. Wednesday’s hand recount of ballots cast in November’s general election started at 9 a.m. and was completed by 3 p.m. for a total of six hours.