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Work on Howard City’s Shaw Street began after Labor Day and will continue through early November. The project will then go on hold until April, when it will be completed. Businesses on Shaw Street remain open to customers. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Shaw Street project on schedule in Howard City

Other than a few literal bumps in the road, a construction project in Howard City is going smoothly and ahead of schedule.

CL Trucking & Excavating of Ionia began working on Shaw Street just after Labor Day. The project extends from the village’s traffic light at Federal Road (old 131) west on Shaw to the village limits, which are located just short of the U.S. 131 expressway north and south ramps.

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Owner of Lakeview’s Alley Cat Bar & Grill pleads to sex crime

A Lakeview businessman has pleaded no contest to one of six counts of criminal sexual conduct (CSC) that are alleged to have taken place at his popular bowling alley, bar and restaurant.

Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead updated Montcalm County commissioners on her department’s status on Monday after Animal Control received a 33 percent budget cut. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Animal Control deals with budget cuts by reducing hours, staff

Reduced hours, reduced staff, reduced services.

Montcalm County Animal Control is running as such after a 33 percent budget cut by the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

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Montcalm County commissioners play musical chairs during meeting

One commissioner’s complaint that too many commissioners were sitting at the table Tuesday morning led to the chairman’s exit.

During the Law Enforcement & Courts Committee meeting, Commissioner John Johansen pointed out that only committee members should be sitting at the table.

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Daily News columnist dies

A former Daily News columnist known for his witty and far-reaching musings has gone to the clouds.

James Stockon died Friday at Spectrum Health Blodgett Campus in East Grand Rapids. He was 81 years old.

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Howard City school receives 82 backpacks from AT&T Pioneers

Kindergarten students through second-graders at MacNaughton Elementary School now have access to 82 new backpacks full of school supplies, thanks to a donation from AT&T Pioneers. The backpacks — in colors of pink, black, light blue and dark blue — were distributed to the Howard City school on Monday morning. Each backpack contains an assortment of notebooks, colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks, scissors and a pencil box.

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Oct. 28 is write-in deadline for November election

Anyone wishing to run for an elected position for county, city, township or village races in November’s general election can still do so as a write-in. The deadline to file as a write-in candidate is 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at your local county clerk’s office. Candidates must file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate, which can be obtained from a county clerk’s office.

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Hubbardston civil trial scheduled for day before Nov. 8 election

A lawsuit and countersuit between the village of Hubbardston and members of the Hubbardston Community Center Board, after repeated postponements, is currently scheduled to go to trial the day before the general election.

A civil bench trial is scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 7 in Ionia County’s 64A District Court.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Levand explains how he’s lost his job twice now due to budget cuts. He was let go in 2012, but was able to return about six months later after another officer retired. Now Levand is being let go again, along with eight other full-time sheriff’s officers, plus two part-time court security officers. Their last day on the job is Friday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Commissioners cut pay; approve new budget, deficit elimination plan

No apologies yet, but commissioners have decided to cut their pay. Another standing room only audience was in attendance Monday afternoon as the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2017 budget and a 2016 deficit elimination plan for the state of Michigan. Included in the new budget was a 15 percent salary cut for commissioners.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will vote to approve the fiscal year 2017 budget on Monday, including $1.7 million in budget cuts. — File photo

Loss of jobs, services hit home hard amid Montcalm County budget cuts

Montcalm County is in the red, and pink slips went out this week as a result.

Last Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to make budget cuts totaling 22.5 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Those cuts, along with other budget adjustments, will equate to more than $1.7 million in cuts.