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Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams

Montcalm County commissioners to set sheriff’s deputy contract rate

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday will consider a recommendation to set a lower rate for municipalities to contract with sheriff’s deputies than the sheriff would prefer.

The county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on April 10 voted to recommend the full board approve setting all contract rates for deputies at $75,000 starting in 2019. Sheriff Mike Williams had asked commissioners to set the rate at $79,000.

Rep. John Moolenaar

Rep. Moolenaar to host district-wide listening session Thursday

Congressman John Moolenaar will be hosting a district-wide listening session Thursday evening at Central Michigan University’s Plachta Auditorium.

Amber Rowland is pictured in happier times on a poster created by friends and family after Amber fatally overdosed on heroin in the summer of 2016. She was 25 years old. — Daily News/Cory Smith

HEROIN HITS HOME: Part 1, ‘Kissing Everything Goodbye’

“I was 22 and only smoked weed, drank from here and there, took pills sometimes. Some call me a late bloomer.” — So begins a letter written by Amber Rowland on April 11, 2016, and read aloud in Montcalm County’s Drug Court as a success story from someone who was bound by addiction, but fought to be sober.

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MCC gives scholarship to Lakeview seventh-grader

Seventh-grade students at Lakeview Middle School are thinking about the future. As part of the seventh-grade business writing class, students were required to write formal and informal letters.

Congressman John Moolenaar, left, speaks with Doug Bartlett, an Edmore mail carrier and president of the Michigan Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, prior to riding with Bartlett on his mail route Monday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Congressman Moolenaar rides along with mail carrier, tours health facility

Moolenaar, R-Midland, is the representative of the 4th District, which includes Montcalm County (minus Eureka Township), as well as Gratiot, Isabella and Mecosta counties, among others. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 4th District is the second-most rural district in the state, second only to the 1st District, which contains the entirety of the Upper Peninsula.

The gates are locked at Krampe Park and will likely be locked again for good on June 1 if no one volunteers to adopt the park to help with Montcalm County budget cuts. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County to close Krampe Park on June 1 unless volunteer steps up

Krampe Park on Winfield Lake is set to be closed June 1 unless someone steps up to adopt the park.Since the summer of 2016, Montcalm County officials have been looking for someone to adopt six of the county’s seven parks — Artman Park in Howard City, Bass Lake in Richland Township, Carl Paepke Flat River Nature Park in Montcalm Township, Krampe Park in Winfield Township, McCarthy Park in Montcalm Township and Schmeid Park in Lakeview. The county maintenance crew is no longer to take care of the parks due to budget cuts.

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IN BRIEF: Lakeview Board of Education shares ‘points of pride’

During Monday night’s meeting, Lakeview’s Board of Education celebrated several “points of pride.”

In the athletic department, Trustees Coach Pete Wurm for being named the Daily News Boys Basketball Coach of The Year.

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HEROIN HITS HOME: The Daily News to begin 4-part heroin series

The 2015 Sam Quinones book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” tells the story of how the prescription painkiller epidemic of the early 2000s spawned heroin addiction in unlikely locations around the country.

Firefighters from the Lakeview District and Maple Valley Township fire departments respond to the fire. — Daily News/Cory Smith

No one injured in Lakeview structure fire

With firefighters having just extinguished a fire within his residence, Michael Mass sat in his car, keeping a folded American flag salvaged from his home close by his side. The 21-year military veteran sat in a daze Tuesday afternoon, unaware of how the fire could have started, which likely destroyed a number of his personal items.

From left, Mid-Michigan Humane Society acting Board President Angela Hollinshead, Vice President Rachell Martin and Secretary Autumn DeVries are pictured. The humane society was recently established to provide extra security and services to pets in Montcalm County and surrounding areas. — Courtesy photo

Local Humane Society established to expand services to pets

Amid an uncertain future for the Montcalm County Animal Shelter, a group of people have come together to provide some peace of mind for pets and pet owners throughout the county.

Angela Hollinshead, director of Montcalm County Animal Control and acting president of the board for the newly formed Mid-Michigan Humane Society (MMHS), said the idea for the Humane Society was born out of panic when in June 2016 it looked like the county might need to eliminate Animal Control.