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Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard

Montcalm County seeks legal opinion regarding election stipend

Montcalm County officials requested and received a legal opinion to clarify whether the county clerk can be paid an annual stipend for election programming.

Earlier this month, as she has done every year since 2008, Clerk Kristen Millard requested the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approve a $7,000 stipend be paid to her for her work in programming county elections, as the work is not part of a county clerk’s statutory job description.

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Vestaburg to authorize new cyber school

A new cyber school is coming to West Michigan at the start of the new year, thanks to Vestaburg Community Schools and Success Virtual Learning Centers (VLC). But the new school won’t be in Montcalm County … it will be in Muskegon.

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Montcalm County officials sworn into office

The 8th Judicial Circuit Courtroom was filled with a standing-room-only audience for a festive ceremony Thursday afternoon.

Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger swore multiple Montcalm County officials into office, including newly elected Sheriff Mike Williams, who will succeed retiring Sheriff Bill Barnwell.

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.

Jorgensen’s Supermarket in Edmore (soon to be Jorgi’s Supermarket) Store Manager Dick Garvey stands by the updated and relocated produce section in his new Jorgi’s sweatshirt. The newly rebranded store will feature a larger selection of beer, deli items and produce. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Edmore Jorgensen’s store being rebranded as Jorgi’s Supermarket

Edmore residents might notice some changes when they stop at 1111 E. Main St. to pick up their groceries. The first difference they might notice is the sign that has replaced the Jorgensen’s Supermarket sign on the road and on the building.

Fox DeWitt, 11, from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School inspects a toy car during a Toys for Tots shopping trip at Meijer on Tuesday. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Middle school students go shopping for Toys for Tots

Sixteen middle school students skipped class to go shopping and eat pizza … for Montcalm County Toys for Tots.

The students from Greenville Middle School, Lakeview Middle School, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School and Vestaburg Middle/High School were excused from class Tuesday and allowed to go to Meijer and Walmart in Greenville to pick out toys to donate to Toys for Tots.

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.

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin, left, and newly elected Village President Michael Kotenko are excited to work side by side as the village is experiencing growth, improvements and new businesses. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore community sees growth, improvements

A Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy has succeeded a Montcalm County sheriff’s lieutenant as Edmore’s new leader. Karl Kluwe retired as a sheriff’s patrol lieutenant in 2010. He went to work as Edmore’s manager and police chief from 2010 to 2013, and then again as village president since 2014. He oversaw his final Edmore Village Council meeting in October.

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.