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Judge Donald Hemingsen of Montcalm County's 64B District Court takes the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to task for allowing the county to reach its current budget situation. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

‘Appalled and dumbfounded’: Montcalm County residents sound off against commissioners

The embattled Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard wide-ranging criticism Monday from a former county administrator and a judge, among others. Nancy Clary of Cedar Springs was Montcalm County’s administrator (she went by Hansing-Clary at the time) from 1978 to 1995, when she was fired. She said the reason she was terminated from her job was because a commissioner proposed not funding the county’s pension plan and Clary spoke out against that proposal. The county’s pension fund is currently short more than $800,000.

Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel, left, and Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Chairman Patrick Q. Carr consider the task before them during a special budget meeting Monday. Commissioners voted to move forward with a recommended $1.7 million in budget cuts. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County moves forward with $1.7 million in budget cuts

Montcalm County residents should prepare for a “new normal.” The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to accept a budgetary investigation analysis by Clark Hill, Rehmann Robson and Municipal Financial Consults Inc. (MFCI), and to make budget cuts totaling 22.5 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Those cuts, along with other budget adjustments, will equate to more than $1.7 million in cuts.

A playhouse, sponsored by Carson City Lumber, Chemical Bank and the Montcalm Area Career Center, was awarded in a raffle held by the Montcalm Court Appointed Special Advocates, to Ron and Rhoda Massanari of Crystal Township. The Massanaris are now hoping to donate the playhouse to Crystal Township, with a goal that is it placed near the public beach at Crystal Lake.  — Courtesy photo

Raffle winner hoping to donate playhouse to Crystal Township

Longtime Crystal residents Ron and Rhoda Massanari never expected to win a raffle for a giant playhouse, but now that they have, they’re looking for a way to give back to their home community. During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, Ron asked members of the board if they would be open to the idea of accepting the nautical-themed playhouse, which was built in the shape of a large ship.

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JUST IN: Crystal Township renews automatic mutual aid agreement with Carson City

Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve its annual automatic mutual aid agreement with Carson City.

A dilapidated baseball field located located across from St. Mary’s Church and west of Community Field, north of Carson City-Crystal High School, could be completely remodeled into a new memorial field to be used for varsity baseball games. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New memorial baseball field being discussed at Carson City-Crystal

Dec. 7, 1941, served as a day that thrust the United States into a war in which thousands of Americans sacrificed their lives so we could live free today. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on that date, young soldiers such as Private First Class Rolland J. Hill — a Carson City farm boy who could best be described as a bit of a class clown with a deep passion for baseball — were summoned to fight overseas.

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IN BRIEF: Carson City-Crystal continuing to evaluate girls varsity soccer program

The Carson City-Crystal High School varsity soccer team was created in 2014, but now entering its third season this upcoming spring, the program will depend on participation.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will hear an update about the county’s budget situation from three financial, legal and consulting firms during a special board meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton. — File photo

Montcalm County commissioners haven’t heard audit report since 2006

Miley Cyrus debuted in “Hannah Montana” on the Disney Channel; the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers in five games in the World Series; Vice President Dick Cheney shot and wounded an attorney in a hunting accident; and Sen. Barack Obama announced he was considering a run for president of the United States.

That was 2006 … the last time until this summer that the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners actually heard a report from the county’s auditing firm.

Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Associate Superintendent for Business Stephanie Weese, left, answers questions about the tax levy on behalf of the MAISD from Board President Stephen Foster and Superintendent Ron Simon during Thursday morning’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MAISD prepares for accreditation visit

Even those who work in the field of education get graded from time to time.

In October, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) will host a visit from AdvancED, an accreditation organization with headquarters in Georgia and Arizona.

Carla and Jason Hill, along with their 1-year-old daughter, Heidi, are now displaced and attempting to purchase a new home after their Crystal Township home was destroyed in a fire on Aug. 20. (Courtesy photo)

Crystal family dealing with loss of home

When the Hill family was informed of a storm heading their way with the potential to produce a tornado, they wisely left their trailer and sought shelter with nearby family.

Jason and Carla Hill and their 1-year-old daughter, Heidi, were safe with Carla’s parents on Aug. 20 as they waited out the storm, but when they returned to their home at 9232 E. Colby Road, things quickly changed for the worse.

The pedestrian bridge spanning across Fish Creek, connecting West Park to Haradine Memorial Park in Carson City, is an example of a connecting bridge that city officials, in collaboration with officials from Bloomer Township, would like to see to connect property in the township to West Park. 
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Carson City, Bloomer Township working together on parks and rec plan

With various playgrounds and pavilions located throughout this community, city officials are seeking public input about the future of three city parks.

The Carson City Council is looking to implement a new five-year recreation plan and, in doing so, are prepared to work collaboratively with officials from Bloomer Township, which encompasses the city.