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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.

Kenedi Bouck, 11, volunteers as “head elf in training” for Toys for Tots. She stopped by the donation box at Greenville Tractor Supply Co. with her mother and Montcalm County Toys for Tots Coordinator Jennifer Bouck.— Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Toys for Tots drive now underway in Montcalm County

Jennifer Bouck has seen the hardships families face during the holiday season.

The coordinator of Montcalm County’s Toys for Tots is familiar with scenes of homelessness and poverty.

In response, Bouck and her volunteers are working to provide a “magical” Christmas for families in need this year.

From left, firefighters and brothers Dave and Keith Martin, Fire Chief Mark Ravell and Captain Robby Walker were awarded plaques for their 40 years of continuing service and roles in founding the Ronald Township Volunteer Fire Department. — Courtesy photo

4 original Ronald Township Fire Department founders still fight fires

In 1976, MarkRavell, Robby Walker, brothers Dave and Keith Martin and other Ronald Township residents wanted to help the community by establishing a fire department. Forty years later, Ravell, Walker and the Martins are in their 60s, but they still go on fire calls and protect the community.

A pile of trash sits in next to a recycling bin in the parking lot of Leppink’s Food Center in Howard City on Friday, even though the Montcalm County recycling site has signage specifically stating “No Trash.” The recycling site will be permanently closed down by Dec. 23 due to repeated issues of trash abuse, as well as funding problems for the county. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City recycling site to close; county’s recycling future uncertain

Two of Montcalm County’s seven recycling sites will have closed by year’s end, and the future remains uncertain for the remaining five locations.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Nov. 7 to eliminate Howard City’s recycling site due to an increase in county recycling costs.

David Wight, acting chairman of the Crystal Township Downtown Development Authority, gives a presentation to members of the Crystal Township Board on Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township DDA pleads to continue with organization

After 22 years of functioning with a goal to improve its downtown district, members of the Crystal Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) are hoping they still have a future. During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, acting DDA Chairman David Wight presented the board with recommendations going forward after the resignation of three DDA members.

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IN BRIEF: Crystal Township pursuing year-round police coverage

Members of the Crystal Township Board may soon have a proposal in front of them to accept dedicated police coverage through a contract with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office.

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JUST IN: Schafer elected 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge

A former prosecutor appointed judge was handily elected to the bench Tuesday.

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JUST IN: Lower elected to 70th District, Albert to 86th District

Jim Lower of Cedar Lake has been elected to his first term as state representative for the 70th District, while Thomas Albert of Grattan Township has been elected to his first term as state representative for the 86th District.

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Lawsuit against Hubbardston voluntarily dismissed

A long-pending lawsuit between the village of Hubbardston and the former Hubbardston Community Center Board has reached a resolution of sorts.

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UPDATE: Lawsuit against Hubbardston voluntarily dismissed

HUBBARDSTON — A long-pending lawsuit between the village of Hubbardston and the former Hubbardston Community Center Board has reached a resolution of sorts. Members of the community center board filed a lawsuit against the village in December 2015 in a claim and delivery case. The village countersued the board members last March. The lawsuit stems [...]