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IN BRIEF: Stanton to research city burn ordinance

Wayne Boughan, a new Stanton resident, approached the City Commission during Tuesday night’s meeting regarding burn permit requirements.

Wishing to enjoy the warm weather, he wanted clarification on when he need to call Stanton City Hall for a burn permit when he decided he wanted to enjoy a campfire.

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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.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County BOC hires fourth investigative firm

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners has hired a fourth firm to investigate the county’s troubled financial situation.

Congressman John Moolenaar meets with media before Thursday’s listening session at Central Michigan University. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Congressman Moolenaar talks failed ACA repeal effort, future of health care reform

Congressman John Moolenaar knew Thursday evening’s listening session was going to be a bumpy ride.

As about 900 people were being seated in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium at Central Michigan University, Moolenaar steadied himself for the event in a dressing room in the basement of the nearly century-old theater.

Audience members waved green or red pieces of paper to show their support or opposition to statements made during Congressman John Moolenaar’s listening session Thursday at Central Michigan University. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Congressman Moolenaar hosts raucous listening session at CMU

Not much listening took place during a Thursday night “listening session” hosted by Congressman John Moolenaar.

Nearly 900 people packed Central Michigan University’s Warriner Hall to hear from the Republican representative for Michigan’s 4th District, which encompasses 15 counties.

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Central Montcalm Elementary School Parent Group leader charged with embezzling

The former president/treasurer of the Central Montcalm Elementary School Parent Group has been charged with embezzling more than $4,000 from money collected through community fundraising efforts.

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Montcalm County commissioners to set sheriff’s deputy contract rate

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday will consider a recommendation to set a lower rate for municipalities to contract with sheriff’s deputies than the sheriff would prefer.

The county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on April 10 voted to recommend the full board approve setting all contract rates for deputies at $75,000 starting in 2019. Sheriff Mike Williams had asked commissioners to set the rate at $79,000.

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).

Christopher Dennie from the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission updates  Montcalm County commissioners on April 10 about the state commission’s work to improve and create standards for counties regarding providing defense for people who have been charged with a crime but are not able to afford an attorney. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Indigent defense standards could level court-appointed attorney playing field

A state commission is in the process of reforming standards for court-appointed attorneys and indigent clients, meaning the administrative branches of Ionia and Montcalm counties will be taking over crucial judicial responsibilities in the near future.