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A sign clearly states which items are and are not acceptable for recycling at Montcalm County recycling sites throughout the county, including Howard City’s site in the parking lot of Leppink’s. The county is planning on eliminating Howard City’s site due to garbage abuse and financial issues. — File photo

Howard City recycling site set to be shut down

Montcalm County’s free recycling site in Howard City is set to close after no one from the community attended a meeting to speak in support of the service. The county’s Solid Waste Management Committee hosted a special meeting Thursday to discuss funding options for county recycling. The county will be charged a recycling fee by Kent County starting in January, which the county cannot afford.

Kenneth Wood of Sheridan reads a plaque the class dedicated to Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Kotenko. The inaugural Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy named Tuesday’s graduating class the Michael Kotenko Family Citizens’ Police Academy. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy graduates first class

A police academy of a different sort celebrated graduation Tuesday at Montcalm Community College.

A group of 25 excited men and women gathered to receive certificates of completion for finishing the inaugural Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy put on through a partnership between the Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department.

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JUST IN: No injuries reported in crash involving Tri County school bus

Five students were aboard a school bus this afternoon when the bus collided with with a passenger car, but no one was injured in the altercation.

Former Michigan State University basketball player Anthony Ianni, pictured in back center, met with Tri County High School’s peer to peer group Tuesday before leading an inspirational assembly before the high school student body. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Former MSU basketball player inspires Tri County students

Anthony Ianni stands 6 foot, 9 inches tall in his size 18 shoes.

He says the challenges and obstacles he faced in life were even taller than him, “and I’m pretty sure they wore bigger shoes.”

Some local households are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, a campaign to bring awareness to food allergies during Halloween. People with teal pumpkins outside their house on Halloween will have toys or other prizes as an alternative to candy to be sensitive to the needs of children who have food allergies and cannot have certain candies. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Teal Pumpkin Project aims to raise awareness for food allergies

Come Monday, goblins will walk the sidewalks, witches will run in the streets and ghouls will haunt neighborhoods.

All these haunting prospects are still not as scary as the idea of someone’s child eating a piece of candy they shouldn’t have and having an allergic reaction severe enough to create an anaphylactic response.

A Rockford woman was critically injured in a rollover accident Saturday afternoon in Reynolds Township. — Courtesy photo

2 emergencies in 3 days in Howard City’s Panhandle area

Ambulance, rescue and fire officials and Aeromed responded to two life-threatening incidents within three days in Howard City’s Panhandle area.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.