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Six finalists for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator were chosen Monday by Commissioner Patrick Q. Carr, at left, and his colleagues. The finalists include Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, at right. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

6 finalists for Montcalm County administrator job

Four internal candidates and two external candidates are in the running for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners chose the six finalists during a special meeting Monday to fill the vacancy left by Chris Hyzer, whose last day was March 31.

Additional handicap entrance signs will be added to the Montcalm County Administrative Building in downtown Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County to add more handicap signs to admin building

Additional handicap entrance signs will be added to the Montcalm County Administrative Building after someone fell on the facility’s front steps. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners recently discussed the incident.

Montcalm County Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator and County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer, left, speaks to Commissioner Patrick Q. Carr on Monday about denying a FOIA request from Stanton resident Ron Finegood regarding a former local judge. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County commissioners deny FOIA request regarding judge’s emails

An appeal to overturn a denied Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding emails sent by a former circuit court judge was rejected Monday by the Montcalm County Board Commissioners. The board voted 8-1 to deny an appeal submitted by Stanton resident and attorney Ron Finegood regarding a FOIA request he submitted on Feb. 11, which was denied by FOIA coordinator and outgoing Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer.

In sticking with the theme of “All Things Green,” event, a number of plants, grown by Lakeview High School junior Katie Johnson, 16, were on display and sold to visitors during at the Montcalm Area Career Center on Monday evening.

All Things Green event spreads local agricultural awareness (PHOTOS)

With more than 224,000 acres of farmland within its borders, agriculture is a driving force throughout Montcalm County. But size of land doesn’t necessarily equate proportionally to general appreciation or understanding, which is why consumers and vendors alike gathered Monday evening for the annual All Things Green event at the Montcalm Area Career Center.

Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell speaks about pending budget cuts at a special county finance meeting Monday, while county department heads look on and listen. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County Board of Commissioners talk budget cuts

Eliminate Animal Control? Merge the Equalization Department and the Register of Deeds Department? Privatize county services? Give county parks back to local townships? These were a few of the ideas discussed during a special Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee meeting Monday.

The Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton was built in 1910 and originally served as the county courthouse. The current building was  funded by a voter-approved bond in 1907 and constructed after a 1905 fire that destroyed the county’s first courthouse. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners prepare to make budget cuts

Budget cuts are coming to Montcalm County. The question is, how and where? Voters turned down a Headlee override millage proposal on March 8 by 58 to 42 percent. If it had been approved, the funds would have gone toward balancing the county’s $230,000 budget deficit as well as restoring some county services. Now what?

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McBride man found dead in home amid ‘suspicious’ circumstances

Matthew Reed’s pickup truck remains where he parked it two weeks ago. The silver Chevy with rust around the edges is stationed next to Reed’s white house at 2028 Royal Street at the corner of Division and Royal in the village of McBride.

An Ionia County snow plow truck makes its way east on Bricker Road, clearing snow Tuesday afternoon.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Snow storms continue to keep county road crews busy

After being battered last Thursday with nearly 12 inches of snow, another blast of snow Tuesday is keeping plow drivers busy. According to Road Commission for Montcalm County Superintendent-Manager Mark Christensen, another winter storm that began at approximately 7 a.m. and carried into the night kept plow trucks on the road throughout the day.

Mae, a 3-year-old miniature horse, attempts to nibble on a Montcalm Community College folder during a luncheon Wednesday celebrating the college’s agricultural partnership with Michigan State University. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC, MSU celebrate first year of agricultural programs partnership

In the middle of discussion between college and university representatives at Montcalm Community College (MCC) Wednesday, the most unique guest in attendance decided it was time to make her presence known. A loud whinny from Mae, the miniature horse standing nearby, erupted through mixed conversation, drawing laughs from those in attendance at a luncheon celebrating MCC’s agricultural partnership with Michigan State University (MSU).

More than 50 people were in attendance for Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College, showing their concern over the issue of section 298 of Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed state budget. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Michigan’s mental health care funding proposal causes concern

A key component of Michigan’s upcoming fiscal year budget is raising some eyebrows among health care administrators. With more than 50 people in attendance at Monday’s legislative update, the primary subject of discussion required double the regularly allocated space to provide enough seating as a number of Montcalm County residents raised issue with Section 298 of Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed 2016-2017 budget.