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BACK TO SCHOOL: What’s new at local districts this year

Staff and students have a lot to be excited about as the 2014-2015 school year gets underway Tuesday.

The rewards of voter-approved bond proposals in Belding, Carson City-Crystal and Lakeview are visible for all to see. A new superintendent is testing the waters at Central Montcalm while incoming freshman are making a “graduation pledge” at Greenville. A math instructor is being added to Montabella’s team, while science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes are being offered in the Tri County and Vestaburg districts.

About 35 people attended the Montcalm County Farm Bureau hog roast Wednesday evening at Anderson & Girls Orchard, where people were informed about the growing concern of a new proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Michigan Farm Bureau addresses potential EPA water regulations

A membership appreciation hog roast Wednesday brought Montcalm County Farm Bureau members together for an evening of socializing, but with an important message to bring home and reflect on.

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Montcalm County commissioners likely denying most wage requests

Montcalm County commissioners are taking back tentative budget request approvals after learning the county is still facing a deficit this coming fiscal year. Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer led Monday morning’s two-hour budget meeting alongside Finance & Personnel Committee members Ron Baker of Howard City, Ron Braman of Vestaburg, Betty Kellenberger of Carson City, Tom Lindeman of Greenville and Ron Retzloff of Crystal.

Faculty members at Montcalm Community College gathered together Friday at the college’s Sidney campus to create a formation of the number “50” in celebration of the college’s 50 year anniversary. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC kicks off 50th anniversary year

In 1965, a small college opened in the heart of Montcalm County with the purpose of offering knowledge and expanding the minds of local residents eager to take their education to the next level.

New staff at Central Montcalm Public School this year include Chelsea Stech, Jennifer Dankert, Beth Clingenpeel,Nicole Long, Kasie Adams, Kathleen Stein, Marty James and Superintendent Charles Muncatchy. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Central Montcalm Public School approves new hires

New Central Montcalm Public School Superintendent Chuck Muncatchy sat in on his first school board meeting Wednesday night and watched as the board approved hiring a new high school principal, six new teachers and an athletic trainer to help the district be ready for the influx of students at the start of the new school year.

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Central Montcalm’s new leader is already on the job

Though the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education is still finalizing details of the new superintendent contract, Charles Muncatchy has already started working as the district’s new leader.

House and Senate candidates came together Monday at Twin Ponds Sports Shop in Stanton to answer questions regarding their policies on a variety of natural resource-related issues. On hand were 70th District Rep. Rick Outman and his Democratic challenger Jim Hoisington, 33rd District Democratic candidate Fred Sprague and Will Wagner, a representative from Sen. Judy Emmons’ office. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Candidates discuss conservation issues with voters at forum

Three candidates vying for House and Senate seats in November met Monday evening at Twin Ponds Sports Shop to discuss conservation-related issues with area voters. Attending were 70th District Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and his Democratic challenger Jim Hoisington of Stanton, 33rd District Democratic candidate Fred Sprague of Alma and Will Wagner, a representative for Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan.

Members of the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees discuss items Tuesday morning before voting on a resolution to approve millage renewal language for the Nov. 4 general election. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC board OKs resolution for November millage renewal

This November, voters in Montcalm County will have an important decision to make in the voting booth, a decision worth $25 million in funds to Montcalm Community College (MCC). During Tuesday morning’s MCC Board of Trustees meeting, board members unanimously approved the language for a millage renewal to appear on the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election.

Jacob Eckholm fielded questions in a final interview Tuesday evening at Stanton’s City Commission meeting. Eckholm was chosen to replace the city’s previous manager, James Freed, who left earlier this summer to take a post in Port Huron. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton, Lakeview decide on 24-year-old Jacob Eckholm as new manager

After weeks without a manager, the village of Lakeview and city of Stanton have finally settled on a replacement for James Freed, who left the post earlier this summer to take a job in Port Huron. Following an extensive search process and several interviews, Stanton’s City Commission on Wednesday voted to hire Jacob Eckholm as shared manager for both communities. Lakeview’s Village Council had already arrived at the same decision Monday evening.

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Montcalm County controller-administrator praised, earns bonus

After lengthy discussion and one failed motion, the Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee recommended a bonus for their controller-administrator. Montcalm County’s information and technology (IT) specialist position was vacant for several months, after Mary McMillen resigned last December. Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer stepped up and filled the position until April, when Eric McLaughlin was hired to fill the vacancy.