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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s down to the final two candidates in the search for a new manager for the village of Lakeview and city of Stanton. When selected, the new manager will serve both communities, allotting 20 hours per week to each.
Montcalm County commissioners continued to hash out the upcoming budget year in another three-hour meeting Monday. Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer led the meeting, along with Finance & Personnel Committee members Commissioners Ron Baker of Howard City, Tom Lindeman of Greenville, Betty Kellenberger of Carson City and Ron Retzloff of Crystal.
Hailey Hollenbeck was considering trying the Miss Stanton Scholarship pageant, but was hesitant. Her mom and her sisters, including her twin sister Hannah, encouraged her to go for it.
Montcalm County commissioners have begun sorting through a plethora of budget requests for the upcoming fiscal year. Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer led Wednesday’s three-and-a-half-hour meeting, alongside Finance & Personnel Committee members Ron Baker of Howard City, Tom Lindeman of Greenville and Ron Retzloff of Crystal.
Hopeful bidders at Monday’s annual Ionia/Montcalm county land auction ranged from the novice (“I am so scared,” admitted Sue Keift) to the experienced (“You really need to do your homework,” advised Brett Freeman).