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How much should elected officials earn? Montcalm County board debating whether to fund wage study

A proposal to conduct a compensation study for elected county officials has stalled … again. The issue originally arose last August when Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard requested an $8,000 salary increase based on how her duties have changed since she first took office in 1998.

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JUST IN: Central Montcalm superintendent resigns, cites health reasons

When Charles Muncatchy was hired as the new Central Montcalm Public School superintendent five months ago, his plans were to serve the district for three to five years.

Instead, Roxanne Switzer, in her last meeting as board president, read a statement at tonight’s meeting announcing Muncatchy’s resignation effective Dec. 10.

Michigan Works and Montcalm Community College hosted a job fair Monday for those interested in careers with the Michigan Department of Corrections. Corrections officer Eric Riggs demonstrates some of the equipment prison guards use during the course of an average workday. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Jobseekers learn about corrections department

It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. On Monday, about 120 candidates gathered at Montcalm Community College (MCC) to learn more about what it takes to be a Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) officer.

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Montcalm County commissioners move PACE district push forward

A push to create a property assessed clean energy (PACE) district in Montcalm County is beginning to move forward. On Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 to obtain public comment about contracting with Lean & Green Michigan to create a PACE district.

Members of the Montcalm Economic Alliance, and several non members, discuss the group's bylaws Wednesday afternoon. —Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Montcalm Economic Alliance approves bylaws

Members of the Montcalm Economic Alliance officially took a step forward to shape the organizations image and establish an identity by accepting the entity’s bylaws Wednesday.

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UPDATE: Stanton motorist apprehended after hitting Greenville bicyclist, fleeing

A Greenville man was seriously injured after an alleged drunken driver struck him with a vehicle Monday afternoon on M-66.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a car/bicycle crash on Sheridan Road near Pakes Road around 2:21 p.m.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County BOC votes on clean energy, veterans department

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners discussed and approved a variety of motions today involving clean energy, emergency services, military and veterans and the wages of elected officials.

Members of the Stanton City Commission, from left to right, Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws, City Manager Jake Eckholm, Lewis Corwin, Karl Yoder and John Kroneck discuss the proposed creation of a downtown development authority at Tuesday's city commission meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Andrews

Stanton hears feedback about proposed DDA

Residents had a chance to ask questions earlier this week about the creation of a downtown development authority (DDA) in Stanton.

The Stanton City Commission held a public hearing during Tuesday’s regular meeting night to field feedback about City Manager Jake Eckholm’s proposal to create a DDA.

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Montcalm County officials considering creating PACE district

Installing energy-efficient heating and cooling systems saves lots of green in the long run, but the initial investment cost leaves many people seeing red.

Some Michigan business owners are considering whether Michigan’s Public Act 270 of 2010, the property assessed clean energy (PACE) act, can help them upgrade their facilities in a high efficiency manner while spreading the cost over a longer, more affordable timeframe.

Members of the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees discuss Tuesday evening the possibility of extending a bike trail from the college to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC Board supports proposed campus bike trail

A new path is being sought to bring visitors to the campus of Montcalm Community College (MCC), one pedal at a time.

The Fred Meijer Heartland Trail stretches 40 miles from Alma to Greenville and plans are now in the works to add an important stop along the way.