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Montcalm County buys exhaust fan for Drain Commission office problem

Montcalm County officials have decided to purchase and install an exhaust fan to solve the problem of fumes in the Drain Commission Office.

Last October, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved purchasing a new boiler for $45,600 after the old boiler finally broke down. The new boiler was installed in the basement of the county’s maintenance building, just below the Drain Commission Office.

Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams

Montcalm County sheriff restores CMET position

Thanks to state grants, the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office has been able to restore an officer to the Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET). Sheriff Mike Williams recently obtained a medical marijuana oversight grant worth $24,313 from the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs. That grant, coupled with an $11,000 grant from CMET, allowed Williams to restore a sheriff’s officer to CMET, a position that had been vacant for the past six months since Montcalm County budget cuts last fall.

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CM board honors winter sports teams

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education honored the district’s winter athletes Monday. Athletes from girls basketball, boys basketball, wrestling and the bowling teams stood before the board and listened as their coaches bragged about the team and individual accomplishments.

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.

Cliff Williams, originally of Stanton, poses for his only granddaughter, Abby Williams. Abby was one of the two teens killed in Delphi, Ind., over a month ago. From 2 to 5 p.m. March 26, local family and friends are hosting a community memorial luncheon at the Stanton American Legion Post to remember the bond between Abby and her grandfather. — Courtesy photo

Memorial to be held in Stanton for murdered Indiana teen

While Indiana State Police continue to investigate a double homicide that occurred over a month ago in Delphi, Ind., relatives of one of the victims plan to hold a memorial in Stanton. Cliff Williams of Grand Rapids is the grandfather of Abby Williams, 13, whose body was found at Delphi Historic Trail on Feb. 14.

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MAISD Board hears updates on programs

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education heard about some of the exciting things happening during a regular meeting last Thursday.

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IN BRIEF: Stanton commissioners argue over office position

Before City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert was hired as part-time city manager and part-time community liaison, Stanton had a part-time shared city manager a part-time community liaison and a full-time city clerk/treasurer.

Staff changes over the past several months have resulted in a reduced city office staff consisting of Pynaert, City Clerk/Treasurer Lori Braman and Office Assistant Tiffany Kohn. The changes added one part-time office assistant position to the city.

From left, Trustee Patricia Hinrichs, Montcalm Community College President Bob Ferrentino and Debra Alexander, dean of student and enrollment services, listen to a discussion about policy governance during Tuesday afternoon’s MCC Board retreat. 

MCC board talks policy governance

The Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees had a lesson in policy governance during its retreat meeting Tuesday afternoon. The board heard a presentation via video conference from Richard Stringham, a senior consultant with The Governance Coach. The presentation detailed different elements of policy governance, a paradigm created by Dr. John Carver.

Sheridan Village Councilman Derek Wagner and Village President Susan Wyckoff-McFarland review summaries of sealed trash bids Tuesday. Both Wagner and Wyckoff-McFarland were in favor of contracting with Republic Services, which ultimately was approved by the Village Council 4-1. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Sheridan switches trash collection to Republic

Every three years, Sheridan accepts sealed bids for trash collection. During Tuesday night’s Sheridan Village Council meeting, it was time for council members to once again review bids and grant a contract to a trash collection company.

Firefighters work together to extinguish remaining hot spots of a barn fire Monday night at 2571 S. Carlson Road in Sidney Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Several 4-H animals perish in Sidney Township barn fire

A barn fire Monday night resulted in the death of several farm animals.

At approximately 11:18 p.m., firefighters from the Stanton Community Fire Department responded to the barn fire at 2571 S. Carlson Road, just west of Montcalm Community College.