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IN BRIEF: County Commissioners recommend budget request for Heath and Human services

Montcalm County Commissioners voted Monday morning to recommend a funding request for the Ionia Montcalm District Department of Health and Human Services.

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IN BRIEF: MAISD board elects officers

During a regular meeting Monday morning, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District board of education approved the officer positions for the board during the 2016-2017 academic year.

About 60 people attended a forum Thursday evening for candidates seeking election in the races for 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge and Montcalm County sheriff. The forum was held at Six Lakes VFW Post 5602. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Candidates for sheriff, judge make their pitch

Two of the most important decision-making positions in Montcalm County are up for election this year, and the candidates running for those positions are eager to make their voices heard.

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Four individuals, including three small children, were injured after a woman ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle this weekend.

4 injured after car runs stop sign

Four individuals, including three small children, were injured after a woman ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle this weekend.

Kristina Jones of Burton lost her dog, Sammy, while vacationing in Montcalm County in May. It took hours of searching, but after 32 days the two were reunited. — Courtesy photo

Stanton woman helps rescue lost beloved family pet

The plot unfolds like something out of a Liam Neeson movie: A loved one goes missing, search parties are organized, rescuers scour the area to no avail, the loved one is sited but again disappears, as if she doesn’t want to be rescued. Eventually, our protagonist finds herself deep in the woods, wearing camouflage clothing and makeup, hoping to spot the missing family member.

Former Central Montcalm Public School superintendent Jacob Helms of Clifford Lake was one of many residents to address the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday about law enforcement cuts. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Adopt a park, adopt a sheriff’s deputy?

Montcalm County officials have come up with an Adopt-A-Park plan to help keep county parks open amid budget cuts.

But who will adopt a sheriff’s deputy?

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County to implement Adopt-A-Park program

Montcalm County parks will remain open, as long as sponsors and townships agree to to help.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to authorize the county’s Parks & Rec Committee to implement an Adopt-A-Park program for the county’s park system.

Montcalm County 4-H’er of the Year candidates, from left, Hayley Heft, Anne Thompson, runner-up Ericka Haag and 4-H’er of the Year, Rory Eldridge. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Third generation 4-H’er honored as Montcalm County 4-H’er of the Year

Thanks to a love instilled on his grandfather’s farm, Rory Eldridge of the North Central 4-H Club was named the Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year on Saturday.

Rory, of Stanton, is a third generation 4-H’er and got involved with 4-H when he was 10 years old.

From left to right, Mecosta-Osceola 49th Circuit Court Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy, HOPE Program Chief Probation Supervisor Cheryl Inouye, Hawaii Judge Steven Alm and Ionia-Montcalm 8th Judicial Circuit Court judges Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger and Ronald Schafer met Friday at the Montcalm County Courthouse in Stanton to discuss Alm’s HOPE program. — Courtesy photo

HOPEful new approach to probation, parole

A Hawaii judge came all the way to Montcalm County to meet with local judges who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of a successful approach to a probation program.

Judge Steven Alm, who has been a circuit court judge since 2001, created Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement program (or HOPE). He created the program after witnessing a high failure rate in Hawaii’s probation system; offenders who were up to 20 probation violations with no improvement, and the only options being used were talking to them or sending them to prison.

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Household hazardous waste collection is Saturday

Montcalm County will be holding a household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Montcalm Area Career Center at 1550 W. Sidney Road, Sidney.