Elisabeth Waldon

Additional handicap entrance signs will be added to the Montcalm County Administrative Building in downtown Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County to add more handicap signs to admin building

Additional handicap entrance signs will be added to the Montcalm County Administrative Building after someone fell on the facility’s front steps. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners recently discussed the incident.

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JUST IN: 6 finalists for Montcalm County administrator job

Four internal candidates and two external candidates are in the running for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners chose the six finalists during a special meeting today to fill the vacancy left by Chris Hyzer, whose last day was March 31.

Fredrika “Freddy” Engstrom, left, from Stockholm, Sweden, and Analice Armbruster from Campinas, Brazil, are foreign exchange students at Montabella High School. Both seniors will now be able to participate in Montabella’s graduation ceremony this spring after the school board made a change in policy. — File photo

Montabella to allow foreign exchange students to participate in graduation

Two foreign exchange students will be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony at Montabella Community Schools this spring. The Montabella school board approved adding new guidelines about foreign exchange students participating in graduation earlier this month after requests from two students.

Kyle Butler

New prosecutor appointed in Ionia County

A new Ionia County prosecutor has been appointed. Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger and Ron Schafer, both of whom are 8th Judicial Circuit Court judges, appointed Ionia County Assistant Prosecutor Kyle Butler as Ionia County’s new prosecutor on Wednesday.

Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler

JUST IN: New Ionia County prosecutor appointed

Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger and Ron Schafer, both of whom are 8th Judicial Circuit Court judges, appointed Ionia County Assistant Prosecutor Kyle Butler as Ionia County’s new prosecutor today.

Jason Bonga of Stanton is pictured with his sons, Brock, 2, and Brayden, 10, and his wife, Breann. A benefit is planned for Monday at BC Pizza in Stanton to help the Bonga family with expenses related to Jason’s rare brain disorder. — Courtesy photo

Benefit planned for Stanton family after rare brain disorder strikes dad

It started with a headache on a Saturday. By that evening, Jason Bonga was nauseous and unable to sit up. His wife, Breann, called an ambulance.

Howard City Village President-Manager Randy Heckman reviews a blueprint of the village’s two ballfields while standing near the pitcher’s mound on field 1. The Howard City Village Council recently voted to invest $35,000 in improvements to the ballfields. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City to make ballfields, trail upgrades (PHOTOS)

Plans are underway for upgrades to two ballfields and a local trail in Howard City. The Howard City Village Council on Monday approved spending $35,000 to redo two baseball fields. The council also learned the late Warren White had donated a piece of property to the village, which Village Manager Randy Heckman hopes to develop into more parking spaces, plus a pavilion.

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Montcalm County officials debate email switch

Montcalm County officials may not be able to Google “how to fix budget deficit,” but they can receive a limited time offer from Google email services. Eric McLaughlin, the county’s IT director, has proposed the county switch email services to Google Apps for Government. The request comes after county departments lost all email capabilities last May due to the old age of the county’s system and software to host and process email.

Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell speaks about pending budget cuts at a special county finance meeting Monday, while county department heads look on and listen. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County Board of Commissioners talk budget cuts

Eliminate Animal Control? Merge the Equalization Department and the Register of Deeds Department? Privatize county services? Give county parks back to local townships? These were a few of the ideas discussed during a special Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee meeting Monday.

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IN BRIEF: Howard City Village Council spends $68,700 on ballfields, DPW truck

The Howard City Village Council voted to spend $68,700 during tonight’s meeting for ballfield improvements, a new DPW truck and a new piece of office equipment.