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The Montcalm County Clerk's Office in the court complex currently allows visitors inside to speak with employees behind a counter. The Board of Commissioners is discussing placing bulletproof glass around the entire countertop area. (Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners discuss adding bulletproof glass to court offices

Montcalm County Clerk’s Office and Prosecutor’s Office employees soon may be working behind bulletproof glass.
The future of court security is still unknown, but the Board of Commissioners is being proactive in the meantime.


Montcalm County Animal Control to operate with 2 officers

Changes at the Montcalm County Animal Control continued to be discussed Tuesday.
Former Animal Control Director Patricia Lentz’s position was eliminated Sept. 26 as part of $1.3 million in county budget cuts.
Commissioners previously voted to hire a part-time shelter assistant to help Animal Control Officer Angie Sova.


Montcalm County Equalization Department still in flux

Equalization Department employees are missing their assessment roll specialist.
Senior Appraiser Kay Vestergaard and Address Administrator Deb Becker appeared Tuesday before the Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee and again asked commissioners to reinstate former Assessment Roll Specialist Yvonne Niswonger.


SPORTS GALORE: GHS plays final game at Black Field

Black Field was dedicated in 1936. In between. it has been used for football, soccer, track and field, softball and much more. More recently, football players begin playing on Black Field as young as 7-years-old and wrap up their careers as seniors in high school.


Greenville schools receive favorable audit summary

Greenville Public Schools got a favorable review on the district’s annual financial audit.
Phillip Saurman, an accountant at Hungerford, Aldrin, Nichols and Carter PC in Greenville, gave the district an unqualified opinion on its money management practices and federal compliance audit.


Former CC-C superintendent back with district

Bob Swanson didn’t stay retired for long.
The former Carson City-Crystal Area Schools superintendent is back with the district after the Board of Education approved a proposal to hire him as a financial consultant.


Drunken motorcyclist pleads guilty

STANTON — A Crystal man pleaded guilty after attempting to elude police while drunk on his motorcycle this summer. Brice Hillard, 29, appeared in a wheelchair Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated third offense. Hillard could receive up to five years in prison for the felony, but he likely [...]


Man pleads guilty to holding his mother hostage as ‘prisoner of war’

A man who held his mother hostage with a crossbow as a “prisoner of war” last January pleaded guilty last week.
Daniel Freshney, 44, of Vestaburg, was arrested and charged with felonious assault after his mother reported him to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post.

Travis Hill

Vet clinic employee sentenced for stealing, using animal meds

A former receptionist at Orchard View Veterinary Clinic in Montcalm Township was sentenced to jail time last week for stealing and using animal medication from his employer.
Travis Hill, 24, of Greenville, was charged with larceny in a building and possession of narcotics less than 25 grams.


Contract extended for Lakeview-Stanton manager

James Freed will be doing double duty in Lakeview and Stanton for three more years.
The Stanton City Commission voted 4-1 on Sept. 27 to extend Freed’s contract. The Lakeview Village Council voted 5-0 on Monday night to do the same.