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Teacher leaves of absence a hot topic at CM board meeting

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved five of six items on its consent agenda and went into executive session for a student discipline hearing at Monday’s regular meeting.

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UPDATE: Sidney woman dies after tractor trailer-car crash

One month after suffering injuries in a tractor trailer-car crash, a local woman has died.

Patricia Wright, 61, of Sidney, died Sunday at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

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UPDATE: Man faces life in prison after stabbing incident

A young man is facing life in prison after allegedly stabbing another young man early Monday morning.

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IN BRIEF: Stanton talks tree removal projects

Two tree removal projects were added to the Stanton City Commission agenda at Tuesday night’s meeting by Commissioner Ken Burris, who was acting as mayor pro-tem in Mayor Larry Petersen’s absence.

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JUST IN: Man stabbed in Evergreen Township

A 19-year-old Gowen man is awaiting arraignment on charges of assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and home invasion in the first degree.

Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead recently accepted an award from the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers for the 2016 Shelter of the Year Award at the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference in Battle Creek. — Courtesy photo

Montcalm County Animal Control named Shelter of the Year

The staff at Montcalm County Animal Control refuse to let budget restrictions compromise the well-being of the animals in their care. As a result, they were recognized at a state level for their efforts.

A pile of trash sits in next to a recycling bin in the parking lot of Leppink’s Food Center in Howard City on Friday, even though the Montcalm County recycling site has signage specifically stating “No Trash.” The recycling site will be permanently closed down by Dec. 23 due to repeated issues of trash abuse, as well as funding problems for the county. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City recycling site to close; county’s recycling future uncertain

Two of Montcalm County’s seven recycling sites will have closed by year’s end, and the future remains uncertain for the remaining five locations.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Nov. 7 to eliminate Howard City’s recycling site due to an increase in county recycling costs.

The Red Barn Theatre on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus was the only facility rated red for the next five years during a facilities evaluation for issues on the interior of the building that will need improvement. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MCC Board of Trustees hear audit report, facilities report

Montcalm Community College (MCC) remains a bright spot in Montcalm County. During a regular meeting Monday afternoon, the MCC Board of Trustees heard an audit report from Lisa VanDeWeert, a certified public accountant with Grand Rapids-based Rehmann Group. Overall, the report was positive for the college and the MCC Foundation.

Clockwise from second to bottom left, Stanton City Commission members Ken Burris, John Seaman, Krista King, Clerk Janet Davis, Mayor Larry Petersen, Lewis Corwin, Jane Basom and Karl Yoder interview city manager candidate Charles Watson of Cedar Springs. Ultimately, the city commission voted against both finalists for the shared manager job with Lakeview and decided to pursue an exclusive city manager. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton wants to end shared manager agreement with Lakeview

At the Sept. 14 Stanton City Commission meeting, Commissioner Ken Burris told his fellow commissioners he didn’t see any reason to change the shared manager arrangement between Stanton and Lakeview. Two months later, his feelings have changed. Now Burris, fellow commissioners, city residents and business owners want a manager they don’t have to share with the village of Lakeview.

Lakeview Police Chief and Interim President Darin Dood, right, and Village President Ed Winter discuss the possibility of Dood serving as dual village manager and police chief for Lakeview. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview interviews 2 finalists for manager job

Lakeview and Stanton have been without a manager since September, when Jake Ekholm left for another job.

During Monday night’s Lakeview Village Council meeting, the council interviewed the two finalists a search committee had narrowed down from 14 applicants.