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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.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County hears sobering audit report

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard a sobering audit report today and unanimously voted to approve the report.

Bill Tucker from Abraham & Gaffney gave the report based on county financial statements from September 2015. He pointed out several weaknesses and failures in the county’s current financial statements, as well as those from years past.

Contributors to the first annual 100+ Men Who Care event listen Tuesday evening at Montcalm Community College as Mark Bellinger of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office delivers a presentation for charity. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Men Who Care raise money for law enforcement memorial fund

Mike Williams had spent several months wondering what he could do to make a significant difference in the community, and thanks to the charitable spirit of more than 100 women, he found an answer.

On Tuesday evening, the Montcalm County Undersheriff hosted the first 100+ Men Who Care event at Montcalm Community College, following in the footsteps of the second annual 100+ Women Who Care event.

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Montcalm County emergency services on display at open house

Local emergency service departments will host an open house Saturday to showcase the many services they provide.

The public services house will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at 655 N. State St. and will feature the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services, Montcalm County Central Dispatch and the Road Commission for Montcalm County.

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.

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Flat River Watershed meetings scheduled for July and August

Four meetings will be held throughout the Flat River Watershed to present water quality data and discuss recommendations to restore and protect the watershed.

Spanning 564 square miles in Kent, Montcalm, Ionia, and Mecosta counties and incorporating three major communities — Belding, Greenville, and Lowell — the Flat River Watershed is home to a lively biotic community and viable small mouth bass fishery. Incorporating 150 miles of stream channel, the Flat River and its tributaries are incredibly scenic and beloved for their recreation possibilities.

Sheridan Community Hospital family physician Monica Steury speaks about her own experiences working at Sheridan Community Hospital during a town hall meeting at the Sheridan Community Center on Thursday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Practices in Stanton end as Sheridan Community Hospital refocuses

Amid ongoing rumors and speculation in this small town, Sheridan Community Hospital Administrator Randy Flechsig got right to the point. He was defiant in his attempt Thursday evening to reassure an audience of more than 80 people, all of whom had questions or concerns about doctors leaving or the hospital closing.

“We’re not going away,” Flechsig declared. “We’re going to be different, we’re going to retool and that’s going to happen on an ongoing basis. But we’re not going away.”

Dr. Brijender Singh Panwar, a visiting educator, gives a presentation Tuesday to the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees about his quest to bring the U.S. community college model to India in order to make higher education more accessible for students. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

Doctor from India researches Montcalm Community College to improve his country’s educational system

Montcalm Community College (MCC) has a special guest this summer. Dr. Brijender Singh Panwar, one of the founders of M.S. Panwar Community and Technical College in Solan, Shimla Hills, India, is visiting the college, and the Montcalm County area, for the summer.

MCC President Bob Ferrentino met with Panwar last year and “talked about his work coming from India to the states to build his understanding of what a community college does and how it works in the states.”

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.