Elisabeth Waldon

Six finalists for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator were chosen Monday by Commissioner Patrick Q. Carr, at left, and his colleagues. The finalists include Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, at right. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

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 Monday to fill the vacancy left by Chris Hyzer, whose last day was March 31.

Walter Johnson

ON THE RECORD: Children, parents & police foil sex offender’s attempt to accost 13-year-old

A Lakeview father countered a stranger’s attempt to harm his daughter by setting up a police sting.

Walter Johnson, 33, of Lakeview, was charged with three felonies regarding an incident last summer in Cato Township.

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.

Arlene Culver of ABC Longarm Quilting in Howard City, pictured at center, sewed this quilt along with Leona Bennett and Sharon Kelley as part of a Lakeview/Howard City USBC WBA fundraiser for Brightening Veterans Lives. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview, Howard City bowlers donate $5,000+ to veterans

A local group of bowlers has donated more than $5,000 for veterans after hosting multiple fundraisers over the past two years.
The Lakeview/Howard City USBC WBA is comprised of bowlers from both communities who decided to merge their associations in 1948, according to member Kathy Homrich of Howard City. The combined association currently has almost 200 members.