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.

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals President Andrea Leslie, center, talks to registered nurse Michelle Schroll, left, and nurse tech Mercedes Packard, right, in the hallway of the labor and delivery wing of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals welcome new president

Andrea Leslie decided to pursue a career in healthcare after watching her father battle cancer when she was 14. She was inspired by the way healthcare workers impacted her father’s life. Leslie worked her way up through the healthcare ranks and is now the new president of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals.

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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.


Agencies fill the gap left by 2-1-1 in Ionia and Montcalm counties

Within the last year, Montcalm and Ionia counties lost its 2-1-1 service, which provided health and human resources to those in need.

The Montcalm Human Service Coalition unanimously decided to cancel 2-1-1 in Montcalm and Ionia counties in December 2015, effective in January 2016.


Lakeview senior class hosts cancer fundraiser

The Lakeview Wildcats won’t just be taking on the Ludington Orioles during Friday night’s football game in Lakeview.

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Owner of Lakeview’s Alley Cat Bar & Grill pleads to sex crime

A Lakeview businessman has pleaded no contest to one of six counts of criminal sexual conduct (CSC) that are alleged to have taken place at his popular bowling alley, bar and restaurant.

Colliene Willison, Lakeview Middle School mathematics and reading interventionist, and Lakeview Middle School Principal Time Erspamer presented to the Lakeview school board Monday night some new behaviors they teaching and rewarding. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Lakeview Middle School rewards students with PRIDE tickets

Lakeview Middle School Principal Tim Erspamer has been working to improve students’ behavior in the hallways, and he is rewarding them for their efforts.

Some of the new hallway procedures are no earbuds or headphones, no technological devices, quiet voices and walking on the right side in the school hallways.

Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead updated Montcalm County commissioners on her department’s status on Monday after Animal Control received a 33 percent budget cut. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Animal Control deals with budget cuts by reducing hours, staff

Reduced hours, reduced staff, reduced services.

Montcalm County Animal Control is running as such after a 33 percent budget cut by the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

Lakeview Airport-Griffith Field Manager Clark Newell, at left, and Jim Draper stand next to Draper’s restored World War II fighter trainer plane. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

New Lakeview airport manager has big plans for the future

Clark Newell owns two real estate businesses and Clark’s Auto Sales, volunteers for the Lakeview District Fire Department and now manages Lakeview Airport-Griffith Field.

Newell started his new job on Aug. 29 when Mike Matthews stepped down as airport manager to take a job with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).