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Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel and the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners, all at left, listen Monday afternoon to a recommendation from Louis Schimmel of Municipal Financial Consultants Inc., John Axe of Clark Hill PLC and Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin, all at right, to retain services for a legal investigation and emergency audit into the county’s financial situation. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County contracts with legal, financial firms to fix ‘alarming’ budget

Montcalm County is contracting with a legal firm, a financial firm and a consulting firm in an effort to stop the bleeding of $2 million in savings per year over at least the last four years. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday, in three separate motions, to contract with Clark Hill PLC in Detroit for legal services, to contract with Municipal Financial Consultants Inc. (MFCI) in Detroit to assist Clark Hill and to contract with Rehmann Robson of Troy for accounting services as an emergency audit of the county gets underway.

Central Montcalm students Lillian Blaisdell, 17, and Anna Williams, 17, with coordinator Sheena Sanders show the flags of Ecuador and Spain, where the students will serve as exchange students for the next nine months. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Central Montcalm students to go abroad for upcoming school year

Each fall, a dozen or so students from foreign countries begin a new school year as part of the Central Montcalm Public School student body, bringing a taste of their home to Montcalm County. For many hometown youths, this is the only experience they have with a different country, a different culture, a different community. It has been 20 years since one of their own has been able to represent Central Montcalm as a student ambassador, to serve as an exchange student.

Children and adults brave the rain Friday evening to enjoy the Stanton Old Fashioned Days fireman’s parade on E. Main Street. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Weather couldn’t stop Old Fashioned Days talent show and firemen’s parade

The rain couldn’t keep Montcalm County residents from coming out to enjoy the Star Quest Talent Show and the Firemen’s Parade Friday night. The talent show was moved to the steamy auditorium at Central Montcalm Middle School to keep performers and the audience dry, but the crowd was still full. Sixteen acts took to the stage. They showcased talents like comedy, dance and singing.

From left, Stanton City Commission members Lewis Corwin, Jane Basom and Karl Yoder listen and discuss City Manager Jake Eckholm’s housing proposal Tuesday night. Yoder was the only commissioner to vote against the proposal. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Stanton looking into city housing program

The Stanton City Commission plans to discuss a proposed housing program with the community. The Stanton Housing Investment Program (SHIP) would take vacant, city-owned lots and turn them into houses the city could sell. A public forum on the topic will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 15. The community is invited to attend.

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.