Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Ron Retzloff of Crystal, left, reviews appointments as Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer discusses the annual meeting schedule and committee assignments during an organizational meeting Monday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners OK bylaws, procedures and appointments

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners held a 12-minute meeting Monday to organize for the new year.

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JUST IN: Edmore village manager announces 70th District candidacy

Jim Lower formally announced his Republican candidacy for the Michigan House of Representatives in the 70th District today.

Lower also announced via press release that current state Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, is endorsing him in the race.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County Board of Commissioners organize for new year

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners held a brief meeting Monday to organize for the new year.

District 6 Commissioner Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview remains chairman, while District 5 Commissioner Ron Retzloff of Crystal remains vice chairman.

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Montcalm County commissioners hash out Headlee override

What will county residents get for their money if they approve a Headlee override? On Monday, Montcalm County Board of Commissioners discussed how to present the upcoming ballot proposal to the public. Voters will be asked to decide a five-year Headlee override millage proposal on the March 8 ballot. Michigan’s presidential primary election will also take place that day.

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Howard City aiming to spruce up community with new VFW sign

The Howard City Village Council approved an entertainment tent for Winterfest and discussed how to improve Christmas decorations during its last meeting of the year Monday night.

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JUST IN: Howard City to purchase new fire truck

The Howard City Village Council unanimously voted tonight to purchase a new pumper fire truck at a cost of about $350,000.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County IT specialist promoted to director

Montcalm County’s information technology (IT) specialist has been promoted to IT director, along with a salary increase.

Pictured at Tuesday’s ceremonial signing repealing Public Act 88 and enacting Public Act 138 are, from left, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes; Gov. Rick Snyder; Rep. Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt; and Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac. (Courtesy photo)

Rep. Outman gets Public Act 88 amended

The state representative for Gratiot and Montcalm counties has overturned a century-old law that many constituents saw as forced taxation without representation.

Tom Aldridge II of Lakeview uses a radial drill press to prep a custom-made mold. Aldridge started as a cleaner for Steeplechase in Lakeview in 2009 and is now in the company’s apprenticeship program through Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Made in Our Own Backyard: Steeplechase Tool & Die

A portrait of Michael “Mick” Baird hangs in the lobby of Steeplechase Tool & Die. Baird died this past March at the age of 68, but his legacy lives on through the company he founded 16 years ago. He gifted much of his stocks to his colleagues and employees, including Vice President Michael Garvey and President Tim Caverley.

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Grattan Academy Board of Directors moves forward

The Grattan Academy Board of Directors held a special meeting last week to discuss how to move forward after their high school principal was removed from his position. President Ruthie Blackgrove, Secretary Kim Ricards, Treasurer Aaron Antcliff and board members Mary Rittersdorf and Dan Worden were all present at the Dec. 1 meeting. Vice President Beth Ryan was absent.