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Former Central Montcalm Public School superintendent Jacob Helms of Clifford Lake was one of many residents to address the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday about law enforcement cuts. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Adopt a park, adopt a sheriff’s deputy?

Montcalm County officials have come up with an Adopt-A-Park plan to help keep county parks open amid budget cuts.

But who will adopt a sheriff’s deputy?

Montcalm County 4-H members competing in the Horse/Pony Showmanship event Monday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds wait as judge Marc DeLisle determines their placement. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Horse shows involve months of hard work for 4-H’ers (PHOTOS)

The Montcalm County 4-H Fair is in full swing and that means barns and tents are full to bursting with animals and their caretakers, the smells of fair foods like elephant ears and corn dogs waft through the air and everywhere you turn there are faces of excited participants eager to show off the hard work they’ve put in. What might be surprising to some is how much work that goes into the fair and the events, much of which is done by volunteers. So many people get involved for the love of 4-H and the community that 4-H promotes.

From left to right, Mecosta-Osceola 49th Circuit Court Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy, HOPE Program Chief Probation Supervisor Cheryl Inouye, Hawaii Judge Steven Alm and Ionia-Montcalm 8th Judicial Circuit Court judges Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger and Ronald Schafer met Friday at the Montcalm County Courthouse in Stanton to discuss Alm’s HOPE program. — Courtesy photo

HOPEful new approach to probation, parole

A Hawaii judge came all the way to Montcalm County to meet with local judges who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of a successful approach to a probation program.

Judge Steven Alm, who has been a circuit court judge since 2001, created Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement program (or HOPE). He created the program after witnessing a high failure rate in Hawaii’s probation system; offenders who were up to 20 probation violations with no improvement, and the only options being used were talking to them or sending them to prison.

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Household hazardous waste collection is Saturday

Montcalm County will be holding a household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Montcalm Area Career Center at 1550 W. Sidney Road, Sidney.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education members, from left, Nicki Sucheck, Randy Stearns, Superintendent Kevin Murphy, President Ben Adkins, and Nancy Seals, discuss the purchase of an air conditioner for a new school bus Monday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City-Crystal buys cool bus

It can be tough to beat the heat in Michigan, and for students enrolled in summer school programs, it is a statement that can hold especially true. With most school districts currently implementing three months off for students during the summer months, the majority of those districts forego the often expensive option of providing air conditioning.

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IN BRIEF: Carson City-Crystal renews membership with MHSAA

Sports affiliated with Carson City-Crystal Area Schools will continue to be regulated by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA).

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County commissioners turn over budget cuts to new admin

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners have decided to turn over budget cut decisions to their new controller-administrator.

The board voted 6-3 on Monday to approve Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel’s recommendation that the board authorize him to “make necessary budget reductions” effective that same day on an ongoing basis.

Zaria Wilks, 18 months, of Edmore, enjoys her carseat in the 2017 Chrysler 2017 Pacifica. Her father is one of the sales and leasing staff members at Ed Koehn in Greenville. (Daily News | Amanda Leitch-Lee)

REVVED UP: Safety and style merge in latest family vehicles

Most of us remember the “family truckster” station wagon in the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” It was what we typically thought of as the perfect vehicle for a growing family.

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IN BRIEF: Crystal Township approves 2016-2017 fiscal year budget

Members of the Crystal Township Board voted Wednesday evening to adopt the 2016-2017 fiscal year township budget.

Montcalm County Sheriff's Deputy Charlie Mahar

Montcalm County sheriff’s candidates weigh in on budget

Three law enforcement men are vying to be elected the next sheriff of Montcalm County.

Longtime Sheriff Bill Barnwell is retiring at the end of this year. Whoever voters choose in the Aug. 2 primary election to succeed Barnwell will be tasked with overseeing a department that has been hit with repeated budget cuts over the years.

The Daily News asked the three candidates — all Republicans — for their thoughts about the budget crunch and their plans for the future, if elected.