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Household hazardous waste collection is Saturday

Montcalm County will be holding a household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Montcalm Area Career Center at 1550 W. Sidney Road, Sidney.

Julia and the Greensides, a contemporary folk band from Muskegon, will be the headliners at a series of concerts Saturday evening as part of the inaugural Taste of Montcalm festival in Stanton. — Courtesy photo

Stanton readies for its first Taste of Montcalm

What does Montcalm County taste like? Festival-goers will have a chance to vote for some of their favorite local restaurants at the inaugural Taste of Montcalm from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at D. Hale Brake Park in Stanton. The festival is free.

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CM board wraps up school year business

Although Central Montcalm Public School students have been done with school for a few weeks, the school year does not wrap up for the district until June 30. At its regular meeting Monday, the school board closed up this school year and jumped into the business of the 2016-2017 school year. The board also approved amendments to the 2015-2016 general fund budget and food service budget to balance books, and approved hiring staff for the upcoming year.

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Two sheriff’s deputies leaving Montcalm County amid budget cuts

As budget cuts loom for the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, two deputies have left or are leaving for other jobs and a third colleague is interviewing for new employment.

Kristin Hansen, owner of the recently-opened Country Pet’s Grooming Salon in Stanton, take a few minutes to get to know one of her clients before bath time begins. (Courtesy photo)

BUSINESS BEAT: New pet salon hopes to ‘clean up’ Stanton’s four-legged friends

Kristin Hansen is among the lucky ones. She gets up each morning looking forward to her day’s work, anxious to interact with her clients. Hansen’s fondness for her customers may come, in part at least, from the fact they tend to lick her face while she works. Country Pet’s Grooming Salon isn’t the first dog grooming shop Hansen’s worked at, but it’s the first she’s owned herself.

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MCC board OKs master agreement contracts

Together with joint bargaining teams and third-party mediators, Montcalm Community College (MCC) has master agreement contracts. During Tuesday morning’s regular meeting, the MCC Board of Trustees approved contracts for support staff and administrative council.

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Fee hikes coming to Montcalm County offices

Montcalm County residents will notice a variety of fee increases for local services starting this summer. On Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved fee increases in the clerk’s office and register of deeds office to help with the county’s $1.5 million budget deficit.

Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel, left, explains his approach to county budget cuts as Commissioner Patrick Q. Carr listens. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 6-3 on Monday to authorize Clingenpeel to make necessary budget reductions. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners pass budget decisions to controller

After months of being unable to agree to take action on budget cuts, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners have decided to allow their new controller-administrator to take over those decisions. The board voted 6-3 on Monday to approve Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel’s recommendation that the board authorize him to “make necessary budget reductions” effective that same day. The proposal is part of Clingenpeel’s effort to help the county’s $1.5 million budget deficit leading up to approval of the 2016-2017 budget. He will make budget reductions in conjunction with county department heads, and will report his action back to the board.

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IN BRIEF: MCC board approves contracts

During a regular meeting Tuesday morning, the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees approved several contracts.

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UPDATE: Sheridan man arrested for fraudulent credit card use

A Sheridan man has been arrested for the fraudulent use of a credit card stolen from a 65-year-old Vestaburg woman.