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Montcalm County controller-administrator looks back on 2016

A man walked up to Robert Clingenpeel at a recent community event and declared, “Hello, Mr. Controller!”

Clingenpeel was quick to disabuse the man of the notion of that title.

“No, it’s just Bob,” he said. “I’m a papa, I’m a husband, I’m a father, I’m a taxpayer in Montcalm County. There’s a responsibility with that that supersedes even my job.”

Montcalm County’s new website showcases the county seat via a slideshow of high-resolution photographs. Social media links are easily accessible and a calendar of events previews upcoming county meetings and news.

Montcalm County’s new website is live

Montcalm County’s new website went live this week.

The goal was for montcalm.us to be a more user-friendly website for mobile users, according to IT Director Eric McLaughlin.

Kenedi Bouck, 11, volunteers as “head elf in training” for Toys for Tots. She stopped by the donation box at Greenville Tractor Supply Co. with her mother and Montcalm County Toys for Tots Coordinator Jennifer Bouck.— Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Toys for Tots drive now underway in Montcalm County

Jennifer Bouck has seen the hardships families face during the holiday season.

The coordinator of Montcalm County’s Toys for Tots is familiar with scenes of homelessness and poverty.

In response, Bouck and her volunteers are working to provide a “magical” Christmas for families in need this year.

A bobcat was killed after it ran into a vehicle driven by Sandra Miller Keeler of Stanton in the early hours of Nov 15. — Courtesy photo

Encounter with bobcat causes confusion

Like so many others, Sandra Miller Keeler awoke early on Nov. 15 to partake in the opening day of Michigan’s firearm season.

But upon returning home after an early breakfast in Stanton to retrieve her gun, the Stanton woman felt something strike the side of her vehicle as she was traveling eastbound on Stanton Road.

She immediately turned around to find a man already on scene and — to her surprise — an animal she did not expect to see.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services Supervisor Brandon Mulnix, at right, and Rescue 23 official Steve VanHolstein, at left, show some of the 4,000-plus items collected in a Montcalm County public safety food drive. — Courtesy photo

4,000-plus items collected in Montcalm County food drive

Montcalm County public safety officials were hoping to collect 500 items in a recent food drive. They collected more than 4,000.

During Tuesday night’s Stanton City Commission meeting, from left, commissioners John Seaman and Krista Johnson, Treasurer Janet Davis and Mayor Pro-Tem Ken Burris discussed the cost and budget concerns of hiring a city manager exclusive to Stanton. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton considers cash concern in hiring exclusive city manager

Commissioner Karl Yoder asked the Stanton City Commissioners to continue discussing hiring a city manager at every meeting until the position is filled.

During Tuesday night’s meeting, talk revolved around the question of costs and options. The discussion follows a Nov. 15 meeting when the commission decided to look into hiring an exclusive city manager and ending a shared agreement with Lakeview.

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Teacher leaves of absence a hot topic at CM board meeting

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved five of six items on its consent agenda and went into executive session for a student discipline hearing at Monday’s regular meeting.

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UPDATE: Sidney woman dies after tractor trailer-car crash

One month after suffering injuries in a tractor trailer-car crash, a local woman has died.

Patricia Wright, 61, of Sidney, died Sunday at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

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UPDATE: Man faces life in prison after stabbing incident

A young man is facing life in prison after allegedly stabbing another young man early Monday morning.

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IN BRIEF: Stanton talks tree removal projects

Two tree removal projects were added to the Stanton City Commission agenda at Tuesday night’s meeting by Commissioner Ken Burris, who was acting as mayor pro-tem in Mayor Larry Petersen’s absence.