Elisabeth Waldon

Former Michigan State University basketball player Anthony Ianni, pictured in back center, met with Tri County High School’s peer to peer group Tuesday before leading an inspirational assembly before the high school student body. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Former MSU basketball player inspires Tri County students

Anthony Ianni stands 6 foot, 9 inches tall in his size 18 shoes.

He says the challenges and obstacles he faced in life were even taller than him, “and I’m pretty sure they wore bigger shoes.”

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Commissioners resolve seating issue, move forward with reducing hours

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners resolved the issue of noncommittee members sitting at the table Monday, and also approved authorizing the controller-administrator to reduce county office hours in light of budget cuts.

The boiler in the basement of Montcalm County’s maintenance building next to the Administrative Building (old courthouse) in Stanton quit working earlier this month after being installed in 1980, meaning county employees are currently working without heat. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County bites the bullet, buys new boiler from contingency fund

Montcalm County’s maintenance director is having a busy October. Scott Wright and his crew are getting county parks ready for the end of season and working on a backflow prevention device dilemma that’s causing problems for the county and the city of Stanton. And then the boiler broke.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to table a proposed annexation of Cato Township into the village of Lakeview, which would have included the M-46 corridor. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County tables Lakeview’s annexation of Cato Township

An annexation proved to be too much of a vexation to move forward.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday tabled a proposed annexation of Cato Township into Lakeview, telling village officials they needed to do a better job communicating with township residents.

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Montcalm County considers ending cardboard recycling in Lakeview

A proposal to eliminate Lakeview’s cardboard recycling service narrowly failed Monday.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 4-5 to eliminate the service per the recommendation of the county’s Solid Waste Management Planning Committee, meaning the motion failed.

A Rockford woman was critically injured in a rollover accident Saturday afternoon in Reynolds Township. — Courtesy photo

2 emergencies in 3 days in Howard City’s Panhandle area

Ambulance, rescue and fire officials and Aeromed responded to two life-threatening incidents within three days in Howard City’s Panhandle area.

Benny Steele

ON THE RECORD: Former Vestaburg coach/teacher going to trial over sex charge

A former Vestaburg coach and teacher is going to trial after a teenage girl alleged he inappropriately touched her while in the school gymnasium.

Benny Keith Steele, 52, is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County to borrow $2,677,000 to fix budget

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved a 2016 borrowing resolution to borrow no more than $2,677,000 for the 2014-2015 delinquent tax revolving fund Monday.

The state of Michigan began withholding 25 percent of revenue sharing from Montcalm County on Oct. 13 after the county was late in submitting a deficit elimination plan.

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Some Montcalm County commissioners decline to file expense reports

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners recently voted to give themselves a pay cut, but some commissioners have been quietly declining to turn in their expense reports for years.

Commissioners voted in September to give themselves a 15 percent salary cut, which will save $14,990, as part of $1.5 million in overall county budget cuts. Commissioners each earn an annual salary of about $9,600.

A former gas station located at 15350 W. Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) sits on two long neglected acres in Winfield Township, better known as Amble. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is currently working to fix contamination from leaks out of underground tanks at the property. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Michigan DEQ cleans up former Amble gas station contamination

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is working to fix contamination from leaking storage tanks underground at a former gas station.

The property at 15350 W. Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) sits on two long neglected acres in Winfield Township, better known as Amble.