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Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard asks the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday evening to approve a $7,000 stipend for her work in programming county elections. Millard says the work is not part of a county clerk’s statutory job description, but some county commissioners disagree. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County to ask Attorney General for election programming opinion

Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard is confident that programming county elections are not part of her statutory job description.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners isn’t so sure.

Constituents attending the first Legislative Update meeting of the year Monday at Montcalm Community College listen as Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, speak.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Sen. Emmons, Rep. Lower talk future of health care, President Trump

Just three weeks into the new year of the Michigan House and Senate legislative sessions, the first local Legislative Update meeting of 2017 proved to be one of little detail.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, beginning her sixth year as state senator, and Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, beginning his first year as state representative, both shared hopeful messages Monday at Montcalm Community College for the future of the state as they prepare to move forward.

Howard City Village Manager Randy Heckman presided over a special meeting Wednesday as the Village Council begins searching for a new manager after Heckman announced he was resigning last Monday. Also pictured at left is Village Clerk-Treasurer Melissa Kuzmik. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City to seek full-time village manager

This village may soon have a full-time manager again for the first time in six years. The Howard City Village Council during a special 24-minute meeting Wednesday night unanimously agreed to advertise for a full-time village manager after current Village Manager Randy Heckman announced his resignation Monday due to overwhelming stress in balancing that job with his other businesses — Heckman Funeral Home and Heckman Lawn Care & Snowplowing. He is also fire chief of the Howard City Fire Department.

Montcalm County 4-H Council President Kim Thomsen, left, and Montcalm Conservation District Director Steve Wyckoff, right, visit with a community member after a community gathering Wednesday to discuss whether to move forward with a millage ballot proposal for 4-H, animal, conservation, park and veteran services in the county. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Grassroots millage effort moves forward in Montcalm County

A grassroots group of citizens are moving forward with a proposed millage to fund Montcalm County services, but they don’t necessarily want the approval of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

Nearly 20 people met at the Montcalm Conservation District office in Stanton on Wednesday to discuss options for funding 4-H, Animal Control, conservation, parks and veterans.

From left, Dan Manning, a community technology adviser with Connect Michigan, presents “Connected Community” certification to Casair founder Steve Meinhardt, Kathy Jo Vanderlaan, Montcalm County’s business development coordinator with The Right Place, Montcalm Economic Alliance Vice President Robert Clingenpeel, and Alliance President Rob Spohr, during Wednesday’s Alliance meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Connected Community: 99% of Montcalm County is online

In rural Michigan, reliable broadband internet may be hard to come by, but that is not the case in Montcalm County.

On Wednesday, Dan Manning, a community technology adviser with Connect Michigan, presented the county with “Connected Community” certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program.

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IN BRIEF: Howard City to advertise for full-time village manager

This village may soon have a full-time manager again for the first time in six years.

The Howard City Village Council during a special meeting Wednesday night unanimously agreed to advertise for a full-time village manager after current Village Manager Randy Heckman announced his resignation Monday.

Randy Heckman announced Monday he is stepping down as village manager of Howard City due to conflicting duties with his businesses, Heckman Funeral Home and Heckman Lawn Care & Snowplowing. He will remain on in his elected capacity as village president, as well as fire chief of the Howard City Fire Department. — File photo

‘The stress is literally killing me’: Howard City manager resigns

After two years on the job, this village’s manager unexpectedly announced his resignation Monday night.

Randy Heckman was elected village president in November 2014 and was hired as village manager in December 2014.

A file photo of Howard City Manager-President Randy Heckman.

IN BRIEF: Howard City village manager unexpectedly resigns

After two years on the job, this village’s manager unexpectedly announced his resignation tonight.

Randy Heckman was elected village president in November 2014 and was hired as village manager in December 2014.

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MAISD to benefit from 3-year sex ed grant

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District has been awarded a grant that was given to only 19 other districts nationwide.

The Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Grant provides sexual risk avoidance education for special education students in self-contained classrooms, which have smaller groups of students.

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Montcalm County Parks & Rec Committee fails to have quorum

The Montcalm County Parks & Recreation Committee was scheduled to discuss and vote on the topics of park closure and adopt-a-park applications Tuesday morning.

However, the committee was unable to meet due to the lack of a quorum.