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Montcalm County commissioners challenge conservation district officials

Last month, Montcalm Conservation District officials requested $15,000 from the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to help the conservation district’s looming budget deficit.

This month, commissioners agreed to help conservation district officials — and to issue them a challenge.

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JUST IN: Crystal man rescued after near-drowning

A 61-year old Crystal man was briefly hospitalized Wednesday after flipping his aluminum boat on Loon Lake.

The man was more than 100 yards from shore when his boat tipped and he fell into the water.

Six Montcalm County roads are currently partially flooded.

JUST IN: List of flooded roads in Montcalm County

Here’s a list of Montcalm County roads that are currently partially flooded as of this afternoon.

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Montcalm County commissioners discuss how to fund Montcalm Alliance

The Montcalm Alliance and the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are still trying to get on the same page when it comes to funding local economic development. Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer updated the county’s Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee on Monday about the Alliance’s most recent meeting.

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WALDON’S PONDERINGS: Estonians never look back

Instead of writing a local history column this week, I’d like to dedicate this column to a local man who lived through some fascinating world history.

I was just a rookie reporter when I met Thomas and Beverly Hain in May 2003. I was warmly welcomed at their Carson City home where I sat down with them to hear the story of Tom’s life.

It was the first time I had heard of Estonia, a state in northern Europe bordered by the Gulf of Finland, the Baltic Sea, Latvia and Russia.

Carson City Police Chief Bruce Partridge checks in at the Carson Health obstetrics desk with, from left, registered nurse Diane Brown, Dr. Erin LeGrand and registered nurse Stephanie Ryan. — Courtesy/Ben Moore

Carson City police chief stepping down after 3 years

After three years on the job, Carson City Police Chief Bruce Partridge is saying goodbye to a department he helped transform into a respectable “community service” agency. On April 30, Partridge will perform his last patrol, spending his last day as chief of a police agency that looks quite a bit different from the department he inherited upon his hiring.

Counties, cities and villages across Michigan will receive $60.9 million to help make up ballooned costs from a rough winter. The funding, which is divvied up across the state, won’t mean large repairs for the construction season, but instead maintaining typical services like roadside mowing, line painting and gravel road repair. Pictured is a series of patched potholes along S. Derby Road in Sidney Township in Montcalm County. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Money from state not enough for local road fixes

With $60.9 million funneling down from the state for road maintenance across Michigan following a long and treacherous winter, one might think massive repair projects are on this spring’s agenda.

Montcalm Community College Vice President for Administrative Services James D. Lantz, left, explains the rationale behind raising the college’s 2014-2015 tuition by 5 percent Tuesday as Trustee Patricia Hinrichs listens during the monthly Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees meeting at the Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Community College to raise 2014-2015 tuition 5%

Students attending Montcalm Community College (MCC) will notice a hike in their tuition as they enroll for their next semester of classes. During Tuesday evening’s MCC Board of Trustees meeting at the MCC’s Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center on the college’s Greenville campus, board members voted unanimously to increase the 2014-2015 tuition by approximately 5 percent.

Girl Scout Troop 825 includes, from left to right, Nicole Tyler, Kali Hollinshead, Sarah McCrackin, CeCe Havens, Cera Vargas, Alanna Ross, Aiylah Carter, Anne Fitzpatrick and Alyssa Gillson. The troop is trying to raise money to purchase new playground equipment for Carson City-Crystal Upper Elementary School. — Courtesy photo

Carson City Girl Scouts raising funds for new playground equipment

Some local Girl Scouts are working to give their younger counterparts an even better childhood than they had.

The members of Troop 825 have been working diligently to raise funds for some new playground equipment at Carson City-Crystal Upper Elementary School.

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JUST IN: Crystal man charged with stabbing his brother

A 26-year-old Crystal man was arrested after allegedly stabbing his brother early Saturday morning.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home on the 8000 Block of East Sidney Road shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.