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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.

Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin explains the county’s delinquent tax revolving fund process to Jeremy Miller of Greenville on Monday morning. Miller, an incoming Montcalm County commissioner for District 1 starting in January, has been visiting all county departments to educate himself about his newly elected responsibilities. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee hears budget update

Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin updated the county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on Monday about a $2.5 million bond aimed at correcting the county’s financial situation. In October, commissioners approved borrowing no more than $2.5 million for the 2014-2015 delinquent tax revolving fund.

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Ionia, Montcalm county clerks prepare for long day recounting presidential ballots

Wednesday is shaping up to be a long day for local clerks. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has requested a hand recount of Michigan’s nearly 4.8 million ballots cast in November’s election, alleging the number of blank presidential votes could possibly signify election fraud — despite no evidence to support these claims.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County commissioners hear budget update

Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin updated the county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on Monday about a $2.5 million bond aimed at correcting the county’s financial situation.

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Montcalm County controller-administrator looks back on 2016

A man walked up to Robert Clingenpeel at a recent community event and declared, “Hello, Mr. Controller!”
Clingenpeel was quick to disabuse the man of the notion of that title.
“No, it’s just Bob,” he said. “I’m a papa, I’m a husband, I’m a father, I’m a taxpayer in Montcalm County. There’s a responsibility with that that supersedes even my job.”

Montcalm County’s new website showcases the county seat via a slideshow of high-resolution photographs. Social media links are easily accessible and a calendar of events previews upcoming county meetings and news.

Montcalm County’s new website is live

Montcalm County’s new website went live this week.

The goal was for montcalm.us to be a more user-friendly website for mobile users, according to IT Director Eric McLaughlin.

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin, left, and newly elected Village President Michael Kotenko are excited to work side by side as the village is experiencing growth, improvements and new businesses. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore community sees growth, improvements

A Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy has succeeded a Montcalm County sheriff’s lieutenant as Edmore’s new leader. Karl Kluwe retired as a sheriff’s patrol lieutenant in 2010. He went to work as Edmore’s manager and police chief from 2010 to 2013, and then again as village president since 2014. He oversaw his final Edmore Village Council meeting in October.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services Supervisor Brandon Mulnix, at right, and Rescue 23 official Steve VanHolstein, at left, show some of the 4,000-plus items collected in a Montcalm County public safety food drive. — Courtesy photo

4,000-plus items collected in Montcalm County food drive

Montcalm County public safety officials were hoping to collect 500 items in a recent food drive. They collected more than 4,000.

Mattson’s Hardware employees are pictured at Howard City’s inaugural buck pole event to celebrate the opening day of hunting season Nov. 15. A total of 18 bucks and more than 300 people participated in the event. Pictured from left to right are Mattson’s employees including Mattson’s owners Ruth and Rick Kilts pictured in center. — Courtesy photo

Buck up: Howard City’s buck pole draws crowd

Opening day of hunting season is practically a holiday in Montcalm County, so it’s no surprise Howard City’s inaugural buck pole event was a smashing success. The buck pole went up in the vacant lot at the corner of Ensley Street and Shaw Street (where the village’s farmers market is held) in the early morning hours of Nov. 15, sponsored by Mattson’s Hardware and Mac’s Rustic Sports. The Howard City Fire Department helped with lighting for the event.

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IN BRIEF: Howard City funeral home faces water shutoff

This village’s funeral home may have its water turned off this morning due to the owner, who is also the village manager-president, allegedly not complying with backflow device testing requirements, according to another village employee.
During Monday night’s Howard City Village Council meeting, Department of Public Works Director Mike Van Wagner informed Manager-President Randy Heckman that Van Wagner would be shutting off the water supply to Heckman Funeral Home at 225 E. Edgerton St. in downtown Howard City at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.