Stanton City Commissioner Karl Yoder, right, discusses the confusion for filing to run in the city’s election this year. Yoder’s position, along with two other commissioners and the mayor are up for election this year. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton mayor, 2 commissioners miss state election filing deadline

Between turnover on the Stanton City Commission and regular term limits, four out of six commissioner positions and the mayor’s seat will be on November’s ballot.
However, only Commissioner Charles “Chuck” Miel filed for re-election before the 4 p.m. April 25 deadline.

Heather Simon is graduating from the early college program at Montcalm Community College tonight, along with her classmates. Simon came to the program from Ionia High School and has worked over the last few years not only to meet academic demands but extracurricular demands as well. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Early college participant to speak at MCC graduation

Heather Simon is a busy woman. She’s the president of the Culture and Travel Club at Montcalm Community College (MCC), the president of Alpha Tau Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa and a tutor.

Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, speak about the state’s 2017-2018 fiscal year budget during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local legislators talk about unfunded pension liabilities

In making their trips to Lansing in recent weeks, Rep. Jim Lower and Sen. Judy Emmons have found their time occupied by the looming state budget. During Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College, Lower, R-Cedar Lake, and Emmons, R-Sheridan, discussed their focus on the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget, with a goal to have it passed through the Legislature by Gov. Rick Snyder’s deadline of June 1.


JUST IN: Day Township fire destroys barn; house saved

A small fire that escaped the grasp of a homeowner Tuesday morning resulted in the total loss of his barn and the majority of the contents within.

Greenville High School seniors Kenna Allen and Kameron Carnes, along with junior Jacob Visser, learn to put on turnout gear and air packs from Greenville Department of Public Safety firefighter Mike Bunce. Students were given the opportunity to learn about fire, fire rescue and other components of firefighting from local firefighters at the Montcalm Area Career Center. — Courtesy photo

Montcalm Area Career Center students work with local firefighters

In the event of a fire, students are taught at a young age to stop, drop and roll. Students at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) recently got some fire training a bit more in-depth than that.

Kevin Vail, a recent graduate from the fruit and vegetable management program offered by Montcalm Community College in conjunction with Michigan State University, talks with guests at an open house unveiling the greenhouse at the Sidney campus of MCC on Thursday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

New greenhouse opens on Montcalm Community College campus

Green thumbs in the area rejoice: There’s a new greenhouse in town.

A partnership between Montcalm Community College (MCC) and Michigan State University (MSU) has allowed the community college to build a permanent greenhouse enclosed by polycarbonate (as opposed to heavy-duty plastic).

A “Community Grand Opening Week” begins at Bookwalter Chevrolet-Buick in Stanton Monday as the dealership welcomes new ownership with the dealership president Brandon Stowell and vice president and NBA veteran Chris Kaman. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Stanton man, NBA vet, team up as new owners of Bookwalter Chevrolet-Buick

After 40 years of ownership and ready to welcome retirement, John Bookwalter didn’t have to look far in finding the right person to hand the keys of his car dealership to. Having owned Bookwalter Chevrolet-Buick since acquiring it in 1977, Bookwalter has employed numerous people, from high school students to longtime community residents, and in looking toward the future he chose one of his dedicated staff members in Brandon Stowell.

A Montcalm County millage proposal group on Tuesday heard from Robert “Bob” Van Lente of Portland, who has helped run multiple election campaigns in Ionia County. The millage group has narrowed its focus to raising funds from five community services to two: Conservation and 4-H. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County group narrows millage effort to conservation and 4-H

A Montcalm County millage effort to fund five community services has been narrowed down to two: Conservation and 4-H. Animal Control, parks and recreation and veterans were initially part of the discussion which began in January, but representatives from those three organizations have since dropped out (animals and veterans officially, parks and rec unofficially).

Kristin Hoogerwerf of Rehmann Robson updates Montcalm County commissioners on Monday about the status of corrective action on the county’s 2016 audit, including short-term and long-term goals for rectifying the county’s financial situation. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners hear audit, continue investigation

After not hearing an audit report for nearly a decade, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday night heard an audit report from its new auditing firm and continued to pursue legal action against its former auditing firm.

After meeting in closed session with attorney John Axe from Clark Hill for an hour, commissioners unanimously approved authorizing Clark Hill to continue to pursue legal action being contemplated against the county’s longtime auditing firm Abraham & Gaffney.

During Thursday afternoon’s Stanton City Commission meeting, from left, City Commissioner Krista Johnson, City Clerk/Treasurer Lori Braman, Mayor Ken Burris, City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert and city commissioners Charles Miel and Jane Basom discuss Pynaert’s contract. The City Commission also updated the city’s Freedom Of Information Act policy and appointed Jennifer Blum as commissioner. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton commissioners OK changes and updates

Stanton city commissioners spent much of their time during Thursday’s rescheduled meeting discussing and voting on changes, updates and policies. The commissioners voted in a new commissioner, updated the city’s Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) policy and contentiously approved the new city manager’s contract.