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Central Montcalm Public School sets plans for building project

A dozen people, mostly those in the dual roles of staff member/parents, were in attendance Wednesday evening to see a final school improvement plans for Central Montcalm Public School’s upcoming construction/renovation project.

With the main points of focus being traffic flow, student learning, safety and security, architects and designers from Tower Pinkster and Granger Construction have had numerous meetings with the administration, staff and community and were ready to present the final design plan and timeline of construction.

Montcalm County Information Technology Director Eric McLaughlin explains how the county’s computer server operates from the basement of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office in Stanton. McLaughlin recently solicited multiple bids for county computer upgrades and decided on a $54,998 bid from Dell OEM of Grand Rapids for a PowerEdge VRTX Modular Infrastructure, which he says typically retails for $120,000.— Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County upgrades computer system for $55,000

Montcalm County is catching up with the technological times.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Jan. 23 approved spending up to $60,000 for a server and storage project at the recommendation of Information Technology Director Eric McLaughlin.

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Amash, Moolenaar react differently to Trump’s immigration order

Two local Republican Congressmen had very different reactions to an executive order on immigrants and refugees.

On Friday, President Donald Trump announced an executive order intended to prevent terrorists from entering the United States.

Once built, the Veterans Memorial Park would include a trail, four softball fields, parking lot, concession/restroom building, veterans memorial, pavilion, sled hill, disc golf course, mountain bike course, nature path and amphitheater. But first, the Stanton City Commission must find $596,000 to match the Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant. — Courtesy photo

Stanton looking to fund $5 million park project

There’s a $596,800 grant match looming over the heads of the Stanton City Commission. In December, the city was approved for a $296,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), but the grant only covers a portion of the first phase of a planned Veterans Memorial Park.

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Lt. Gov. Calley announces accountable, transparent government initiative

As technology continues to make instantly available information the norm — and the demand — this state’s lieutenant governor is looking to streamline that process for Michigan residents.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced an initiative to make improvements to state accountability and transparency during Friday’s Michigan Press Association luncheon.

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The Daily News is Newspaper of the Year

For the second consecutive year, The Daily News has been named the Michigan Press Association (MPA) Newspaper of the Year.

The award was announced during Thursday’s MPA banquet at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. The Daily News won Newspaper of the Year in the daily newspaper Class D category and Excellence in Advertising for all newspapers in the state, along with 29 additional awards and honorable mentions.

Stanton Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Jamie Blum looks at a broken down Old Dominion Brush Co. leaf vacuum, which the DPW has owned since 1985. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton looking for funds to buy new leaf vacuum

The unseasonably warm weather wasn’t the only thing taking Stanton City Commissioners back to autumn Tuesday night.

Commissioners added to the agenda a discussion on the leaf vacuum, a machine usually associated with the time of year when leaves — not snow — are falling to the ground.

John Axe, an attorney with Clark Hill PLC in Detroit, hands out copies of a resolution to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday evening authorizing Clark Hill to complete an investigation and make recommendations to the board related to the pursuit of legal claims and filing of a complaint regarding the county’s former auditor Abraham & Gaffney. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County hires law firm to investigate former auditor

Montcalm County has hired a law firm to investigate and possibly bring a civil lawsuit against the county’s former auditor.
The resolution was approved during a regular meeting at 6 p.m. after commissioners met in closed session with Clark Hill attorney John Axe during a prior special meeting for nearly an hour.

Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard asks the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday evening to approve a $7,000 stipend for her work in programming county elections. Millard says the work is not part of a county clerk’s statutory job description, but some county commissioners disagree. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County to ask Attorney General for election programming opinion

Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard is confident that programming county elections are not part of her statutory job description.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners isn’t so sure.

Constituents attending the first Legislative Update meeting of the year Monday at Montcalm Community College listen as Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, speak.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Sen. Emmons, Rep. Lower talk future of health care, President Trump

Just three weeks into the new year of the Michigan House and Senate legislative sessions, the first local Legislative Update meeting of 2017 proved to be one of little detail.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, beginning her sixth year as state senator, and Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, beginning his first year as state representative, both shared hopeful messages Monday at Montcalm Community College for the future of the state as they prepare to move forward.