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Stanton Lions Club President Larry Beardslee thanks members of every police agency in Montcalm County on Wednesday at the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office after presenting each department with monetary donations from every Lions Club in the county. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local organizations give back to law enforcement (PHOTOS)

Local law enforcement agencies celebrated Christmas early when a local man decided he needed to do something to counteract a decreasing public opinion of the profession. Sheridan’s Larry Beardslee was not liking the negative publicity he was seeing about law enforcement officers. Instead of feeling annoyed by it, he opted to do something about it. This week, with the assistance of the nine Montcalm County-area Lions Clubs, local law enforcement agencies each received generous donations.

The site of the old Carnation milk condensery building, on the northeast corner of S. Sheridan (M-66) and E. Condensery, currently sits empty but could see development sometime next year. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Old Carnation property in Sheridan nears development

Residents of Sheridan may see another transformation of the old Carnation milk condensery site next year. Kathy Jo VanderLaan, who is Montcalm County’s business development coordinator with The Right Place, said the grant is two steps away from being closed out.

Jim Lower, right, standing beside his wife, Kristen, center, is sworn in as the next state representative of Michigan’s 70th House District Monday evening by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley at the Montcalm County Administration building in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lower takes oath of office for 70th District (PHOTOS)

With his right hand raised upward and left hand placed firmly on the Bible, Jim Lower took his oath of office Monday evening to become a member of Michigan’s 99th State Legislature. Standing before family and friends, and a number of constituents who he has now grown to call friends, Lower, with his wife Kristen by his side, repeated after Lt. Gov. Brian Calley from the third floor of the Montcalm County Administration Building, keeping his hand placed on the very Bible his wife’s parents had once given to him upon converting to Catholicis

Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, at left, assists Kay Westergaard and Reynolds Township Clerk Robin Sholty as they try to determine whether a bin containing presidential election ballots was properly sealed. The women were among 30 volunteers assisting in a presidential recount Wednesday at the former Stanton elementary school building. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County completes presidential election ballot recount

Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard oversaw her first presidential election ballot recount in record time. Wednesday’s hand recount of ballots cast in November’s general election started at 9 a.m. and was completed by 3 p.m. for a total of six hours.

Luke Hevel, owner of Hevel Auto Repair in Stanton, works on the 2004 Ford Focus and Stanton NAPA Auto Parts’ old delivery vehicle to be ready to give away to a local family. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

One-time NAPA delivery car to help local family

A former delivery car for NAPA Auto Parts in Stanton is getting a second chance and helping a local family. NAPA was planning on scrapping the 2004 Ford Focus after the timing belt broke earlier this year, but Store Manager Kimberlie Rivett and her husband Mike Rivett, a mechanic at Hevel Auto Repair in Stanton, had an idea to help someone in the community and “pay it forward.”

The Red Barn Theatre on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus was the only facility rated red for the next five years during a facilities evaluation for issues on the interior of the building that will need improvement. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MCC Board of Trustees hear audit report, facilities report

Montcalm Community College (MCC) remains a bright spot in Montcalm County. During a regular meeting Monday afternoon, the MCC Board of Trustees heard an audit report from Lisa VanDeWeert, a certified public accountant with Grand Rapids-based Rehmann Group. Overall, the report was positive for the college and the MCC Foundation.

Clockwise from second to bottom left, Stanton City Commission members Ken Burris, John Seaman, Krista King, Clerk Janet Davis, Mayor Larry Petersen, Lewis Corwin, Jane Basom and Karl Yoder interview city manager candidate Charles Watson of Cedar Springs. Ultimately, the city commission voted against both finalists for the shared manager job with Lakeview and decided to pursue an exclusive city manager. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton wants to end shared manager agreement with Lakeview

At the Sept. 14 Stanton City Commission meeting, Commissioner Ken Burris told his fellow commissioners he didn’t see any reason to change the shared manager arrangement between Stanton and Lakeview. Two months later, his feelings have changed. Now Burris, fellow commissioners, city residents and business owners want a manager they don’t have to share with the village of Lakeview.

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JUST IN: Sheridan couple safely escape house fire, firefighter injured

Ready to embrace a bit of rest with an afternoon nap, Scott and Diana Evans found themselves anything but asleep after discovering their house was on fire Sunday afternoon.

The boiler in the basement of Montcalm County’s maintenance building next to the Administrative Building (old courthouse) in Stanton quit working earlier this month after being installed in 1980, meaning county employees are currently working without heat. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County bites the bullet, buys new boiler from contingency fund

Montcalm County’s maintenance director is having a busy October. Scott Wright and his crew are getting county parks ready for the end of season and working on a backflow prevention device dilemma that’s causing problems for the county and the city of Stanton. And then the boiler broke.

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Moolenaar gives general election season updates

When Congressman John Moolenaar visited the campus of Montcalm Community College on Monday, he was candid in giving an update on the current happenings in Washington, D.C.