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Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updated Montcalm County commissioners on Monday about the county’s ongoing audit and financial progress. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners hear update from new auditor

The Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee heard some hopeful news Monday from the county’s new auditor.

Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updated commissioners on the ongoing county audit.

Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updates Montcalm County commissioners on the ongoing county audit progress. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

IN BRIEF: Montcalm County hears report from new auditor

The Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee heard some hopeful news today from the county’s new auditor.

Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updated commissioners on the ongoing county audit.

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Montabella encourages peer interaction through LINKS

After grabbing their lunch boxes and lunch trays, six Montabella Elementary School kindergarten and first-grade students headed down the hall to the library to eat their lunch together. The lunch group is part of Montabella Community School’s LINKS Program, which is a peer-to-peer program to support students with autism. Montabella currently has LINKS programs in kindergarten through ninth grade.

Montcalm Conservation District Executive Director Judy Cloer and conservation district board members Steve Wyckoff and Jed Welder share their thoughts after Thursday’s Montcalm County millage meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County millage proposal inches forward

Supporters of a Montcalm County millage to fund local services have been receiving unpleasant but understandable feedback when presenting the proposal to residents.

“The initial reaction I get is, ‘Hell no,’” said Jed Welder, a Montcalm Conservation District board member and Greenville farmer. “The atmosphere with the county is so poisoned right now. But after you break through that there’s a little more willingness.”

Inventor of the Boot and owner of The Lockdown Co., Rob Couturier, left, and Gary Valentine, retired sergeant from the Greenville Department of Public Safety and owner of School Com 608 LLC, talk to the staff at Vestaburg Community Schools on Wednesday about the security a safety tool called the Boot can offer during a presentation. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Vestaburg Community Schools fundraising for security device

Rob Couturier has lived a father’s worst nightmare. His daughter, Brenann, was attacked by an intruder at her high school when she was 17 years old.

Edmore Planning Commission Chairman Rich Adgate, standing, talks about how updating the parks in Edmore could benefit the village during Monday night’s public input meeting. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Edmore to focus on Glenn D. Curtis Park improvements

From newlyweds to a home daycare owner to grandparents, more than a dozen Edmore-area residents voiced their wishes and concerns about the future of the parks in the village.

Edmore’s five-year Park and Recreation Plan is currently undergoing a 30-day public input period, which will end Feb. 13. The Edmore Planning Commission held a public input meeting Monday night to get feedback about what residents wanted.

Montcalm County Information Technology Director Eric McLaughlin explains how the county’s computer server operates from the basement of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office in Stanton. McLaughlin recently solicited multiple bids for county computer upgrades and decided on a $54,998 bid from Dell OEM of Grand Rapids for a PowerEdge VRTX Modular Infrastructure, which he says typically retails for $120,000.— Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County upgrades computer system for $55,000

Montcalm County is catching up with the technological times.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Jan. 23 approved spending up to $60,000 for a server and storage project at the recommendation of Information Technology Director Eric McLaughlin.

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Amash, Moolenaar react differently to Trump’s immigration order

Two local Republican Congressmen had very different reactions to an executive order on immigrants and refugees.

On Friday, President Donald Trump announced an executive order intended to prevent terrorists from entering the United States.

Brendan Davidson, 17, looks at the steel T-rex he welded for his senior project at Montabella High School. Davidson hopes to enter the project in ArtPrize. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Montabella High School seniors focus on capstone project

Montabella High School seniors are thinking about more than just prospective jobs and college acceptance letters. Since the 1990s, Montabella seniors have been required to complete a capstone project. The required class takes up one semester of students’ senior year. Either the summer before or during the semester, they propose and work on a project which they will complete outside of class.

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Lt. Gov. Calley announces accountable, transparent government initiative

As technology continues to make instantly available information the norm — and the demand — this state’s lieutenant governor is looking to streamline that process for Michigan residents.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced an initiative to make improvements to state accountability and transparency during Friday’s Michigan Press Association luncheon.