Hubbardston trial postponed until February

A long-pending lawsuit between the village of Hubbardston and the former Hubbardston Community Center Board has been postponed again. 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 from July 2015 when the village council voted 2-1 to terminate the village’s agreement with the community center board, per the recommendation of President Julie Hobart-Reed.

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Kenneth Wood of Sheridan reads a plaque the class dedicated to Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Kotenko. The inaugural Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy named Tuesday’s graduating class the Michael Kotenko Family Citizens’ Police Academy. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy graduates first class

A police academy of a different sort celebrated graduation Tuesday at Montcalm Community College.

A group of 25 excited men and women gathered to receive certificates of completion for finishing the inaugural Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy put on through a partnership between the Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department.


Carson City police investigating Halloween robbery

Police are preparing to seek a warrant for a man who allegedly stole cash from Main Street Pizza on Halloween night.

Carson City Police Chief David Ellis said police were called to 117 W. Main St. around 9:45 p.m. Monday.

Some local households are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, a campaign to bring awareness to food allergies during Halloween. People with teal pumpkins outside their house on Halloween will have toys or other prizes as an alternative to candy to be sensitive to the needs of children who have food allergies and cannot have certain candies. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Teal Pumpkin Project aims to raise awareness for food allergies

Come Monday, goblins will walk the sidewalks, witches will run in the streets and ghouls will haunt neighborhoods.

All these haunting prospects are still not as scary as the idea of someone’s child eating a piece of candy they shouldn’t have and having an allergic reaction severe enough to create an anaphylactic response.


JUST IN: 2 women injured after ambulance and car collide

Two women received minor injuries after an ambulance and a car collided Thursday afternoon near Fenwick.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post were called to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Fenwick Road and Town Hall Road at 12:53 p.m.

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New CC-C bowling coach hoping to double the fun this season

If there is one thing to know about the new Carson City-Crystal (CC-C) boys and girls bowling coach, is that she likes her “pins in a row.”

Dawn Steffes, who has been the high school’s special education teacher since 2014, is getting back into the sport she has loved since she was in middle school.


IN BRIEF: Montcalm County to borrow $2,677,000 to fix budget

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved a 2016 borrowing resolution to borrow no more than $2,677,000 for the 2014-2015 delinquent tax revolving fund Monday.

The state of Michigan began withholding 25 percent of revenue sharing from Montcalm County on Oct. 13 after the county was late in submitting a deficit elimination plan.

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Montcalm County hears economic development update

In describing greater Grand Rapids, Birgit Klohs was forthright in her approach of the area from an economic standpoint.

“Nobody wonders where Grand Rapids is,” said Klohs, the president and CEO of The Right Place. “They know New York, they know Las Vegas, they know Chicago, they know L.A., but the middle of the country is often called flyover territory.”


Some Montcalm County commissioners decline to file expense reports

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners recently voted to give themselves a pay cut, but some commissioners have been quietly declining to turn in their expense reports for years.

Commissioners voted in September to give themselves a 15 percent salary cut, which will save $14,990, as part of $1.5 million in overall county budget cuts. Commissioners each earn an annual salary of about $9,600.