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Judge Charles Simon III appeared on behalf of Montcalm County Juvenile Court on Monday to ask the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to amend the budget by $162,000 to accommodate the court’s child care fund budget, which is projected to go over budget this current fiscal year. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County board approves more expenses as deficit looms

Montcalm County commissioners gave the go-ahead Monday to more expenditures for a Building Department computer server and the Juvenile Court child care fund, all the while wondering where the money is going to come from. Montcalm County is facing a $1.5 million budget deficit. Commissioners will need to vote to approve the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget by the end of September.

A group of children dressed in traditional garb from the turn of the 20th century visit the cemetery at Heritage Village during Friday’s Heritage Festival. The festival celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Heritage Festival celebrates 30 years of history

James Ehle of Stanton was one of many visitors at the 30th annual Heritage Festival at Montcalm Community College’s Sidney during a three-day celebration this weekend, but he was one of the few who could say he grew up at the village. The Ehle family has been involved with the historic village over the years with the Ehle Barn formerly owned by Merle Ehle and donated by granddaughter Tammy DuVall; the Pavilion planned by Fred Ehle; and years of horse-drawn wagon rides around the perimeter.

A sign emblazoned with the words, “Please don’t touch the books,” sits on top of the volumes Larry Massie brought from his personal collection of 45,000 books to showcase the different ways each book is special and rare during the One Book, One County closing celebration. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

One Book, One County closes with speaker who collects rare books

Mary Andersen has a love for books that some people might say borders on bibliomania — those people just don’t get it. Ever since she was a girl, Andersen of Greenville has had a passion for the written word. Her personal collection of books is extensive. Even she is unsure how many books she has exactly, but she does know that she has no plans to part with them anytime soon.

Montcalm County Undersheriff Mike Williams monitors primary election results online with his wife, Jeni, at their Sidney-area home Tuesday night. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Voters choose Williams as next Montcalm County sheriff

The tightest race in Montcalm County came down to the sheriff’s next man in command. Voters convincingly chose Undersheriff Mike Williams to succeed longtime Sheriff Bill Barnwell on Tuesday. Barnwell is retiring at the end of this year and endorsed Williams to follow in his footsteps.

Naxolone, sold under the brand name Narcan, is an antidote for opioid overdose that works by bonding to receptors in the body and blocking opioids from bonding to those same receptors. The drug is virtually free of side effects aside from inducing withdrawal symptoms in some people. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

County law enforcement receive naloxone kits to combat overdoses

Montcalm County law enforcement officials are armed with something new after a special training session Wednesday. In partnership with the Montcalm Care Network, Brandon Hool and Jonathan Lamaire gave two presentations to law enforcement officers on the drug naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, which acts as an antidote to opioids such as heroin, morphine, methadone and Oxycontin.

Aaron Reames of Winfield Township breaks down a cardboard box before placing it in a dumpster Wednesday at a Montcalm County recycling site located in the Leppink’s parking lot on Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County recycling service remains uncertain

Montcalm County officials are trying to crack down on littering at recycling sites, even the future of those recycling sites appears uncertain. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday voted 8-1 to ask the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office to look into the possibility of making littering at recycling sites a civil infraction enforced by community members. The recommendation was made by the county’s Solid Waste Management Planning Committee on July 21.

Volunteers and employees with the Mid-Michigan District Health Department work together during a preparedness exercise at Central Montcalm High School on Wednesday as officials gather in the center of the gymnasium to evaluate the exercise. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Health department hosts emergency preparedness exercise

Be it a medical epidemic or a release of harmful chemicals by terrorists, preparing for the worst of outcomes is not only important, but required for the Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD). On Wednesday morning, officials with the department did necessary steps to do just that — be prepared — by staging an emergency preparedness exercise.

Montcalm County Commissioners listen as Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead presents a reduced 2016-2017 fiscal year budget during Monday’s Finance and Personnel Committee meeting in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Cuts, new fees and increases part of plan for Animal Control

In an effort to quell the looming $1.5 million budget deficit that is facing Montcalm County, every department head within the county is working to reach a solution. During Monday morning’s Finance and Personnel Committee meeting, Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead presented a reduced 2016-2017 fiscal year budget at the request of the county commissioners.

From left, Secretary Brian Corwin, Superintendent Ron Simon, President Steve Foster, Vice President Mark Christensen and Board Member Kurt Peasley discuss the designation of the liaison for the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MAISD to purchase 3 new school buses

Three new school buses are going to be on their way to the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) in the coming weeks to replace buses that need to be phased out. During an organizational meeting Monday morning, the MAISD board approved the purchase of three buses for the special education program. One of the buses will be equipped with a lift for wheelchair access. This will serve as a replacement for the existing bus with wheelchair access that’s already in the fleet.

About 60 people attended a forum Thursday evening for candidates seeking election in the races for 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge and Montcalm County sheriff. The forum was held at Six Lakes VFW Post 5602. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Candidates for sheriff, judge make their pitch

Two of the most important decision-making positions in Montcalm County are up for election this year, and the candidates running for those positions are eager to make their voices heard.