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Montcalm Community College Director of Human Resources Connie Stewart and Vice President for Administrative Services Jim Lantz listen Tuesday as Carson City-Crystal High School Principal Duane Lyons discusses the successes of the school district. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MCC Board of Trustees hears from Carson City-Crystal area leaders

Several guests sat in on the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday evening. Among the guests were Doug Smith, deputy warden for the Carson City Correctional Facility; Gary Copp of Carson City Lumber; Carson City-Crystal Area Schools guidance counselor Grant Woodman and CC-C High School Principal Duane Lyons.

Montcalm County Animal Control could be closed in the near future after a budget recommendation by the Montcalm County’s Finance & Personnel Committee. — File photo

County officials recommend shutting down Animal Control, closing parks

Montcalm County’s Finance & Personnel Committee is recommending shutting down Animal Control and the animal shelter and closing county parks to help with the county’s budget situation. Committee members made the recommendations Monday morning at the request of Commissioner Ron Retzloff. He recommended shutting down Animal Control, the animal shelter and all its employees, and having the Humane Society take over local animal services. Retzloff estimates this will save at least $100,000.

Brian Smith of Central Asphalt in Mount Pleasant lines up string along Lake Montcalm Road near Vestaburg on Monday, as Matt Toth works nearby. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

$4 million in road repairs underway in Montcalm County (PHOTOS)

Portions of three gravel roads will be restored to asphalt as part of $4 million in road work projects this year. The Road Commission for Montcalm County borrowed $4 million from Chemical Bank (a 10-year loan with a 2.2 interest rate) to get a jump start on repairing roads based on Michigan’s $1.2 billion road funding package approved by legislators last November.

A red 1999 Buick LeSabre and a 2012 Audi S4 collided head-on after the Audi was not able to pass multiple vehicles on M66 on Belvidere Township on Sunday.

UPDATE: Second person dies as a result of Sunday crash

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a two car crash on M-66 near Schmeid Road in Belvidere Township. The crash was reported at approximately 7:18 p.m. on Sunday. Two people have died as a result of the crash.

Students will face a $25 per contact hour technology fee starting in this fall at Montcalm Community College after a recent vote by the MCC Board of Trustees. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MCC hikes tuition, adds technology fees

Montcalm Community College (MCC) students are going to see some new fees in the upcoming fall semester. To compensate for falling budgets and rising costs, the MCC Board of Trustees recently voted to raise tuition and to add extra fees to student costs.

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Montcalm County undersheriff continues role as interim jail admin

The Montcalm County Jail will be short an administrator and a corrections officer for at least another month. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners reviewed a request Monday from Sheriff Bill Barnwell to fill the vacant jail administrator position, as well as a vacant corrections officer position.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College on the subject of the state’s 2016-2017 fiscal year budget. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Legislators get early start on state budget

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, doesn’t find the state budget an exciting topic, but it is one that he deems important. Outman spent more than 30 minutes on the subject of the upcoming 2016-2017 fiscal year state budget during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College, as two budget bills were introduced in the House of Representatives last week.

Plans for the first Taste of Montcalm event include children’s games, a beer tent, live bands, an arts show and more, all at D. Hale Brake Park on Stanton’s south side. — Courtesy photo

First ever Taste of Montcalm coming to Stanton in June

Everyone has that one restaurant they’ve always meant to try. You’ve heard the food is good and the waitstaff is attentive. And yet, somehow, you’ve never gotten around to it. On June 25 in Stanton, you’ll have your chance. That’s when the city’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) presents the first ever Taste of Montcalm County.

A Sidney Township home that burned down in February is being rebuilt by Montcalm Area Career Center construction students. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Area Career Center students rebuild home from ashes

Montcalm County construction students are taking their skills outside the classroom. The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education on Thursday heard an update about an ongoing project for Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) construction students.

Commissioner John Johansen, at left, reads a list of proposed questions to be asked at secondary interviews for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator, as Johansen’s colleagues Tom Porter, Ron Baker and Ron Retzloff listen on Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

4 get second interview for Montcalm County administrator job

Four internal candidates will be asked back for second interviews for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to re-interview Commission on Aging Director Robert Clingenpeel, accountant Brenda Taeter and Chief Deputy Register of Deeds Catrina Woodruff.