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Judge Donald Hemingsen of Montcalm County's 64B District Court takes the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to task for allowing the county to reach its current budget situation. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

‘Appalled and dumbfounded’: Montcalm County residents sound off against commissioners

The embattled Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard wide-ranging criticism Monday from a former county administrator and a judge, among others. Nancy Clary of Cedar Springs was Montcalm County’s administrator (she went by Hansing-Clary at the time) from 1978 to 1995, when she was fired. She said the reason she was terminated from her job was because a commissioner proposed not funding the county’s pension plan and Clary spoke out against that proposal. The county’s pension fund is currently short more than $800,000.

Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel, left, and Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Chairman Patrick Q. Carr consider the task before them during a special budget meeting Monday. Commissioners voted to move forward with a recommended $1.7 million in budget cuts. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County moves forward with $1.7 million in budget cuts

Montcalm County residents should prepare for a “new normal.” The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to accept a budgetary investigation analysis by Clark Hill, Rehmann Robson and Municipal Financial Consults Inc. (MFCI), and to make budget cuts totaling 22.5 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Those cuts, along with other budget adjustments, will equate to more than $1.7 million in cuts.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 20, 2016

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JUST IN: Blanchard man reaches 99 mph on motorcycle, loses control and crashes

A Blanchard man who was speeding on his motorcycle sustained non-life-threatening injuries after crashing late Monday evening.


JUST IN: Edmore business total loss after Sunday structure fire

A Sunday evening fire resulted in the total loss of a private antique business according to Home Township Fire Chief Tim Irwin.

Harvest Festival Queen Bridgette Pollaski, at right in red, First Runner-Up Hope Gommesen, in blue, Second Runner-up Keshia Aho-Minnema, in teal, and Princess Lauren Senn, in purple, wave during the Harvest Festival parade. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Harvest Festival welcomes autumn to Howard City (PHOTOS)

Candy, a marching band, a queen and her court, a fire truck carrying cheerleaders … the Harvest Festival parade had it all. The 14th annual festival kicked off Saturday morning with car, motorcycle and tractor shows, the second annual Tri County High School Harvest Festival Cheer 5K and a volleyball tournament. Rain came and went in the morning, making way for a sunny day of fun.


JUST IN: Saginaw man arrested for operating while intoxicated

A 49-year-old Saginaw man was arrested for felony drunk driving Friday afternoon in Edmore while attempting to pick up his children for the weekend.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 19, 2016

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A playhouse, sponsored by Carson City Lumber, Chemical Bank and the Montcalm Area Career Center, was awarded in a raffle held by the Montcalm Court Appointed Special Advocates, to Ron and Rhoda Massanari of Crystal Township. The Massanaris are now hoping to donate the playhouse to Crystal Township, with a goal that is it placed near the public beach at Crystal Lake.  — Courtesy photo

Raffle winner hoping to donate playhouse to Crystal Township

Longtime Crystal residents Ron and Rhoda Massanari never expected to win a raffle for a giant playhouse, but now that they have, they’re looking for a way to give back to their home community. During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, Ron asked members of the board if they would be open to the idea of accepting the nautical-themed playhouse, which was built in the shape of a large ship.

Leppink’s Food Centers operates five Leppink’s stores, 11 Save-a-Lot stores and a Do It Best Hardware store throughout West Michigan. The organization is being awarded the 2016 Outstanding Retailer by the Michigan Grocers Association on Sunday during the fall conference on Sunday. Pictured is the Leppink’s Food Center Howard City location. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Leppink’s recognized as Michigan Grocer’s outstanding retailer

Over the course of 88 years, the Leppink family has built a company with five Leppink’s Food Centers, 11 Save-a-Lot stores and a Do It Best Hardware store. This year, Leppink’s Food Centers has been recognized by the Michigan Grocer’s Association as 2016’s Outstanding Retailer.