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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.

Lakeview Village President Ed Winter, right, welcomes Shay Gallagher to Lakeview as the new village manager at a special Lakeview Village Council meeting Monday night. Lakeview and Stanton have parted ways regarding their prior shared manager agreement. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview hires Gallagher as full-time village manager

When Stanton decided to end a shared manager arrangement with Lakeview last week, Lakeview officials knew they would have to consider new options. The Lakeview Village Council held a special meeting Monday night to offer Shay Gallagher, currently the deputy supervisor of Algoma Township, a full-time job as Lakeview’s village manager.

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IN BRIEF: Lakeview makes manager offer, ends shared manager with Stanton

After the contention last week over the shared manager search for Lakeview and Stanton, Lakeview Village Council held a special meeting Tuesday night at Lakeview Airport-Griffith field.

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.

Lakeview Police Chief and Interim President Darin Dood, right, and Village President Ed Winter discuss the possibility of Dood serving as dual village manager and police chief for Lakeview. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview interviews 2 finalists for manager job

Lakeview and Stanton have been without a manager since September, when Jake Ekholm left for another job.

During Monday night’s Lakeview Village Council meeting, the council interviewed the two finalists a search committee had narrowed down from 14 applicants.

At Wednesday night’s Montcalm Township Board meeting, Fire Chief Clif Dickinson presented a contract that he, the Lakeview District Fire Department and the Maple Valley Township Fire Department came up with for the Montcalm Township Fire Department to serve the southern part of Pine Township on automatic aid. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Local fire departments solve issues

Montcalm Township Fire Chief Clif Dickinson wanted to nix hard feelings between fire departments regarding a Pine Township coverage issue. Dickinson called for an emergency meeting Nov. 6 with Lakeview District and Maple Valley Township fire departments, along with Montcalm Township firefighters, to solve the issue of fire coverage in Pine Township.

Tomás Lenzi, 16, talks to Lakeview High School teacher Chris Bayne about Lenzi’s home country of Brazil at the school’s sixth annual International Fair on Wednesday. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview High School, exchange students host international fair

Students from Turkmenistan, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Georgia, Brazil, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Cambodia, Poland, Czech Republic and the U.S. set up tables in the halls of Lakeview High School.

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JUST IN: Schafer elected 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge

A former prosecutor appointed judge was handily elected to the bench Tuesday.

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JUST IN: Lower elected to 70th District, Albert to 86th District

Jim Lower of Cedar Lake has been elected to his first term as state representative for the 70th District, while Thomas Albert of Grattan Township has been elected to his first term as state representative for the 86th District.