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Montcalm County clerk’s office collects $600,000+ in delinquent court fines

About a decade ago, Montcalm County had $2.7 million in delinquent court fines, costs and restitution.

Today, that number has been reduced by more than $600,000, thanks to the efforts of the county clerk’s office.

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CM board elects officials, OKs interim superintendent deal

Interim Superintendent Amy Meinhardt opened the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education organizational meeting Wednesday evening so that the board — with its rookie board members — could elect their officers.

Montcalm Community College student Brittany McCreery, 19, takes time to study one of her subjects Tuesday evening on the college’s main campus in Sidney. McCreery currently receives financial aid while studying to become a medical assistant, as well as working part-time. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Obama’s free community college proposal potentially ‘super’ for MCC

Speaking aboard Air Force One, flying thousands of feet in the air across the country from Detroit to Phoenix, President Barack Obama made an announcement last week that caught the attention of students nationwide.

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Montcalm County officials revisit secondhand dealer proposal

The wording of a proposed secondhand dealers ordinance has been bandied about for so long among Montcalm County officials that the commissioner who originally proposed the idea is no longer in office.

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Montcalm County officials still debating dog kennel rules

Proposed changes to Montcalm County’s dog kennel ordinance are likely headed to a public hearing.

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Montcalm County military department may have its coordinator

The newly established Montcalm County Department of Military and Veteran Services is one step closer to becoming a reality.

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The Right Place and Montcalm Economic Alliance sign partnership

The path to create more economic growth in Montcalm County may finally have been paved on the stable ground of a partnership that aims to bring great dividends to area businesses and residents.

On Monday, The Right Place Inc. and the Montcalm Economic Alliance announced the formation of a strategic partnership to support economic growth in Montcalm County and encourage greater regional collaboration in West Michigan.

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JUST IN: MCC Board discusses President Obama’s free community college plan

If two years of community college tuition ultimately became free for students as President Barack Obama proposed last week, the effect would have lasting consequences for schools such as Montcalm Community College (MCC).

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JUST IN: Montcalm County committee members discuss dog kennel ordinance

Committee members representing the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners discussed and vote on multiple county issues Monday, including a kennel ordinance, a newly created military department and whether to fund a wage study of elected officials.

Firefighters from 16 fire departments worked together Wednesday to extinguish a blaze at Crooks Potato Farms, located at 5450 N. Musson Road near Stanton, where six storage facilities were destroyed resulting in millions of dollars in damages. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New Year’s Eve fire leaves millions in damages at Crooks Potato Farms

This new year will be one of rebuilding and attempting to move forward for the employees and owners of one of the largest potato farms in Montcalm County.