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 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.

Loss of jobs, services hit home hard amid Montcalm County budget cuts

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, S.Slider Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Montcalm County is in the red, and pink slips went out this week as a result.

Last Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted 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.

Recycling containers to be added in Stanton

Posted in: Local Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Since Montcalm Township closed its recycling site, the Stanton recycling dumpsters have seen a lot more use.

Montcalm County officials have offered — and the Stanton City Commission has accepted — to install at least two more recycling containers in the city. Right now, Stanton has two cardboard dumpsters, which belong to Stanton, and four general recycling dumpsters. The additional dumpsters would likely be funded with money saved from when Montcalm Township shut down its recycling site.

Pine Township residents consider switching fire jurisdiction

Posted in: Local, Local, Local Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Pine Township officials are taking a look at the current fire department arrangement.

On Sept. 14, Pine Township Treasurer Randy Robson and five township residents approached the Montcalm Township Board about the possibility of being incorporated into the Montcalm Township Fire Department’s jurisdiction.

Central Montcalm’s Shalie Shank bumps during a practice at the alumni-JV camp Tuesday.

STANTON — While the Central Montcalm varsity volleyball team was away at a camp this week, the JV team had a camp of their own at the high school. The camp had some very special teachers. The more than 20 campers were taught by former varsity volleyball coach Amy Tasker, and she brought in some [...]

Central sweeps two close sets versus Lakeview at ‘assembly game’

Posted in: High School, High School Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The intimidation factor was on full tilt for Central Montcalm’s volleyball team in its match against Lakeview. The event took place Thursday afternoon in front of the school’s entire student body. Facing a boisterous crowd that filled the stands, the Green Hornets were able to overcome the intimidation to sneak away with a two-game sweep, winning 25-23 in each game.

Newaygo too much for Central Montcalm in 41-13 loss

Posted in: High School Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Lightning was in the air, but the thunder was coming from the ground game of the Newaygo Lions, who overtook Central Montcalm 41-7 Friday evening.

Grant hands Central Montcalm first loss of 2016 in four games

Posted in: High School Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

In a match that will likely determine who wins the Central State Activities Association Gold Division champion, Grant’s volleyball team came away with a win.

The Tigers beat the Central Montcalm Green Hornets in four games Tuesday night, 25-13, 25-20, 21-25, 25-13.

  • Montcalm County spent $13,500 on FOIA lawsuit

    Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
    Posted in: Local

    This past summer, Montcalm County sued The Daily News, along with two sheriff’s candidates, over a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request involving the personnel files of two candidates for sheriff. Taxpayers will foot a $13,500 bill as a result.

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  • Central Montcalm schools gearing up for construction project

    Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
    Posted in: Local

    Central Montcalm Public School moved one step closer in a months-in-the-making construction project that will include improvements in safety accessibility, building interiors and exteriors, mechanical, engineering and plumbing systems.

    At Monday evening’s regular Board of Education meeting, board members approved awarding a bond project to Chemical Bank in Stanton, which will purchase the more than $5 million bonds necessary to fund the project.

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  • 10 local artists participating in ArtPrize

    Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    Local artists are utilizing a variety of unique mediums for this year’s ArtPrize, including copper, silver and gold, stained glass mosaics and hornet nests. More than 1,450 entries have been submitted to be on display at more than 160 venues across three square miles of Grand Rapids starting Wednesday through Oct. 9. Winning prizes totaling $500,000 will be awarded (half decided by public vote and half decided by a jury of experts).

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  • S.H.E.: Calling the Fashion Police

    Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
    Posted in: Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle

    I broke the law this week.

    Well, not really a law like the police would be interested in. At least not the real police. Maybe the fashion police. This was more of a style law. Or a rule, really. An out dated rule, if you ask me.

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