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Ionia County officials sworn into office

With humble beginnings from the small village of Hubbardston, Janae Cooper now finds herself with responsibilities that stretch to every corner of Ionia County. On Tuesday, Cooper was sworn in by 8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Ron Schafer as Ionia County clerk after being elected in November.

John Axe, an attorney with Clark Hill in Detroit, reports on the slow progress of a Montcalm County financial investigation. Axe is pictured next to Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin during Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Firms still investigating Montcalm County’s financial ‘mess’

Deciphering Montcalm County’s pecuniary puzzle is taking longer than expected.

During Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, John Axe, an attorney with Clark Hill in Detroit, reported on the slow progress.Deciphering Montcalm County’s pecuniary puzzle is taking longer than expected.

During Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, John Axe, an attorney with Clark Hill in Detroit, reported on the slow progress.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County BOC hosts final meeting of the year

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners took action on multiple agenda items during their last regular meeting of 2016.

Members of the Crystal Township Board, from left, Curt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston, Clerk Patty Baker-Marek and George Bahm discuss contracting services with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday evening for a year of dedicated police coverage. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal contracts for 1 year of dedicated sheriff’s coverage

Though the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is currently struggling due to county budget cuts, one officer will be coming back to the department thanks to a new dedicated coverage contract. Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to hire a full-time deputy dedicated to covering Crystal Township for 2017.

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IN BRIEF: Crystal Township creates library relocation committee

In a unanimous vote Wednesday evening, members of the Crystal Township Board created a library relocation committee to assist in the eventual move of the Crystal Community Library.

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.