IN BRIEF: Stanton manager, DPW director complete Leadership Montcalm

As graduation season is underway, City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert announced Tuesday she and Department of Public Works Director Jamie Blum are also recent alumni.

After all 103 Central Montcalm graduating seniors walked across the stage and received their diplomas, they waited to be able to turn their tassels from right to left and officially become alumni. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

‘Once a Hornet, always a Hornet’

Two by two, Central Montcalm High School seniors walked into the high school gymnasium anxiously awaiting the moment they could switch their tassels and officially become graduates. On Sunday, 103 seniors closed the high school chapter of their life as they stepped into the world of adulthood.


IN BRIEF: Montcalm County doubles construction appeal fee

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 on Monday evening to double the fee required to appeal a construction ordinance decision.

Front from left, Mayla Morgan from Oregon, Lea Rolfes from Germany, Lillian Blaisdell from Stanton and Nina Ahnfeldt-Mollerup from Denmark were part of a group of exchange students who studied in Ecuador for the 2016-2017 school year. — Courtesy photo

Knack for Spanish prompted exchange trip to Ecuador

Last August, Central Montcalm High School senior Lillian Blaisdell left her hometown of Stanton to study for nine months in Ecuador. Prompted by her “knack and passion” for Spanish and her Spanish teacher’s experiences as an exchange student, Blaisdell decided she wanted to study abroad.

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Anti-drug symposium addresses reality of opioid addiction

On a road to restoration for nearly six years, recovering addict Justin Yost is one of the strongest voices of the community in the fight against drug use.

Having spoken at five different schools, reaching out to almost 1,000 students, Yost, 33, of Greenville, uses every opportunity to tell his story geared toward prevention.


Stanton city attorney clarifies election confusion

Two weeks ago, Stanton city commissioners and the mayor realized they may have missed the filing deadline to run on the November ballot. The city’s charter and state law had conflicting deadlines, with the state’s deadline three weeks earlier than the charter’s designated date. Stanton officials asked city attorney Cliff Bloom to look into the discretion.

During Tuesday’s Stanton City Commission meeting, Mayor Ken Burris and City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert review some of the changes — outlined in green — to the proposed 2017-2018 budget.

Stanton city manager continues budget work

This city’s fiscal year will end June 31 and a new budget laid out by City Manager ElizabethPyneart will begin. During Tuesday’s Stanton City Commission meeting, Pyneart presented an updated 2017-2018 budget.

Montcalm County Maintenance Director Scott Wright gestures in frustration as he eyes the eroding hillside along the exit driveway of the Montcalm County Administrative Building property in Stanton. Pictured behind Wright is the Michigan State University Extension Office, which has a rotting porch deck. The county has no money to fix these and other infrastructure problems. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County stuck with aging infrastructure and no way to pay

Montcalm County’s 107-year-old courthouse is showing its age … and a little makeup won’t be enough to smooth over the wrinkles.


IN BRIEF: Water tower maintenance added to Stanton’s budget

In two years, Stanton’s water tower is due for overcoating and engineering, and the estimated cost is $60,000.

The Stanton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was reinstated in 2014 to help improve downtown Stanton. For the first time since 2014, the DDA is expected to earn revenue through the Taste of Montcalm festival on June 24. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton DDA expects revenue through Taste of Montcalm

For the first time since being re-established in 2014, Stanton’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is expected to bring in revenue. “I’m just ecstatic about that (making revenue) and what they’re going to do for the city,” City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert said while going over the city’s budget on April 25.