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Jean Southward selected as next Carson City administrator

It took less than five minutes of discussion during Tuesday evening’s special Carson City Council meeting for the unanimous recommendation to hire Jean Southward as city administrator.

Andrew Clementz, a Belding senior.

This Is High School: Daily News launching 10-month student series

Our 10-month series “This Is High School” will launch Tuesday and Wednesday and will continue into next spring, when the school year comes to a close.

Our goal is to paint a picture of life as a high school student, complete with all its peaks and valleys, challenges and accomplishments, victories and defeats.

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BACK TO SCHOOL: What’s new at local districts this year

Staff and students have a lot to be excited about as the 2014-2015 school year gets underway Tuesday.

The rewards of voter-approved bond proposals in Belding, Carson City-Crystal and Lakeview are visible for all to see. A new superintendent is testing the waters at Central Montcalm while incoming freshman are making a “graduation pledge” at Greenville.

At right, Carson City Councilman Tom McCrackin asks a question during city administrator interviews Tuesday evening at Carson City Hall as Councilman Chad Parmenter, center, and Mayor Bruce Tasker, left, listen. — Daily News/Cory Smith

2 longtime Carson City residents interview for city administrator job

In its search for the next city administrator, the Carson City Council won’t have to look but a few blocks away from City Hall in choosing between two final candidates. On Tuesday evening, members of the council interviewed two finalists for the position of city administrator, which has been vacant since May 30 after the resignation of former city administrator Mark Borden.

From left, Carson City Council members Chad Parmenter, Tom McCrackin and Kurt Keiffer listen to discussion Tuesday evening on the topic of finding a new police chief for the Carson City Police Department. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City searching for police chief, officers, after multiple resignations

After a recent string of resignations, the Carson City Police Department is just one officer shy of not existing at all. During the past month, three of the department’s part-time officers have left for positions with other agencies, including Interim Police Chief Jason Pattok, who resigned on Aug. 4.

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Crystal Township Board exploring ordinance variance requests

Apparently the second time’s the charm when it comes to implementing a variance procedure for land ordinances in this township.

Just one month ago, Crystal Township Board members voted down a resolution 2-3 — with Supervisor Chris Johnston, Trustee Jason Anderson and Treasurer Ted Padgett opposed — to have the township’s attorney include a variance procedure in all three of the township’s land division ordinances.

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Montcalm County 4-H’ers want full-time coordinator

Supporters of Montcalm County’s 4-H program are hoping the currently vacant 4-H coordinator position will be improved to a full-time job. Local 4-H advocates appeared at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to ask the board to consider improving the part-time position to a full-time position for the upcoming fiscal year.

This two-story house and property at 918 Richardston St. in Lakeview will be up for auction Monday at a minimum bid of $5,000. — Courtesy photo

Ionia and Montcalm county land auction set for Monday

Properties will be sold for just a fraction of their value at the annual Ionia and Montcalm county minimum bid land auction Monday.

State Librarian Randy Riley, top left corner, speaks with community members and library staff members at Carson City Public Library on Tuesday afternoon during a visit to the library. — Daily News/Cory Smith

State librarian returns home to visit Carson City Public Library

Randy Riley’s new position may now have him representing the entire state of Michigan, but he’ll always refer to the small communities of Hubbardston and Carson City as home. Riley, who was named Michigan’s state librarian upon the retirement of Nancy Robertson on April 30th, has spent his first few months becoming acclimated to his new position. In one of his first ventures away from Lansing, he returned to his roots Tuesday by visiting his hometown of Hubbardston and nearby Carson City Public Library.

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Hubbardston DPW supervisor fired

This village’s DPW supervisor has been fired after a year and a half on the job.

The Hubbardston Village Council had a special closed meeting on Saturday, July 12, and unanimously voted to terminate Steve Schafer from his position, according to Village President Jim Barker.