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IN BRIEF: MCC Board appoints new trustee

A new trustee has been appointed to the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees.

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IN BRIEF: Stanton city commissioners say goodbye to clerk/treasurer

After 29 years of service to the city, City Clerk/Treasurer Janet Davis attended her final meeting in Stanton before she retires on Tuesday.

Her departure left the city commission to discuss replacement options.

Montcalm County Animal Control Officer Autumn DeVries, at left, and Director Angela Hollinshead groom Bella, an adult female labrador retriever who’s available for adoption through Montcalm County Animal Control. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Commissioners hear about animals, jail visits, emergency services

New Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams gave his first report to county commissioners during Monday’s Law Enforcement & Courts Committee meeting. Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead and Central Dispatch Director Tim Scott also presented reports to commissioners Monday as part of Controller-Director Robert Clingenpeel’s goal of having more people participate and communicate at monthly meetings.

John "Johnny" Miller Jr.

UPDATE: Family grieves Stanton man after double fatal car accident

A Stanton man was one of two victims of a fatal car accident Thursday night.

According to the Michigan State Police, troopers responded to the accident at 11:56 p.m. on Evergreen Road east of Town Hall Road. The car had hit a tree after going off the roadway. The car then began burning. The driver and the passenger were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Steve Wyckoff holds a copy of the Montcalm County Forestry & Wildlife Guide, a publication created in part by the Montcalm Conservation District. Wyckoff, a conservation district director, is leading a grassroots effort to explore the possibility of a millage proposal to fund services for the conservation district along with Montcalm County Animal Control, 4-H, county parks and veterans. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County millage exploration group to meet Jan. 18

Animals, conservation, 4-H, parks and veterans.

These five topics may not share the same audience or interest in Montcalm County, but they all have one common need: Funding.

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JUST IN: Two dead after late night car crash, fire

Two people died as a result of a car accident Thursday night on Evergreen Road, east of Town Hall Road.

Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview, at right, was unanimously re-elected chairman of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners by his colleagues during Tuesday morning’s organizational meeting. Also pictured is Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel, at left. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County BOC switches to night meetings for more attendance

If your New Year’s resolutions included attending more Montcalm County Board of Commissioner meetings — but you work a day job — you’re in luck.

Commissioners voted 8-1 during Tuesday’s annual organizational meeting to start meeting at 6 p.m. each month for full board meetings, instead of the usual 1:30 p.m. meeting time. All full board meetings take place the fourth Monday of each month.

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JUST IN: Greenville police chief arraigned on healthcare fraud charge

The director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety was arraigned this morning on a charge of felony healthcare fraud.

Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel, Commissioner Patrick Q. Carr, Clerk Kristen Millard and commissioners Betty Kellenberger, Tom Lindeman and Dale Reyburn listen to budgetary concerns during a meeting earlier this year. The county made $1.7 million in budget cuts and hired three legal and accounting firms to investigate what went wrong with the county’s financial situation. — File photo

2016 Daily News Top Local Stories of the Year

This year, Montcalm County lost a controller-administrator and hired a new leader, made $1.7 million in budget cuts equating to a loss of 30 jobs, fired its auditing firm and contracted with three new firms to investigate what went wrong with the county budget over the past decade.

From left, Stanton City Clerk/Treasurer Janet Davis, Mayor Larry Petersen and acting City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert along with city commissioners discussed several items during Tuesday’s meeting, including the upcoming retirement of Davis. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton’s longtime clerk/treasurer to retire

All the chairs at the table were filled during Tuesday night’s Stanton City Commission meeting with Elizabeth Pynaert working as acting city manager.

In the new year though, there will once again be an open seat.