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During Tuesday’s Stanton City Commission meeting, Mayor Ken Burris and City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert review some of the changes — outlined in green — to the proposed 2017-2018 budget.

Stanton city manager continues budget work

This city’s fiscal year will end June 31 and a new budget laid out by City Manager ElizabethPyneart will begin. During Tuesday’s Stanton City Commission meeting, Pyneart presented an updated 2017-2018 budget.

Montcalm County Maintenance Director Scott Wright gestures in frustration as he eyes the eroding hillside along the exit driveway of the Montcalm County Administrative Building property in Stanton. Pictured behind Wright is the Michigan State University Extension Office, which has a rotting porch deck. The county has no money to fix these and other infrastructure problems. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County stuck with aging infrastructure and no way to pay

Montcalm County’s 107-year-old courthouse is showing its age … and a little makeup won’t be enough to smooth over the wrinkles.

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IN BRIEF: Water tower maintenance added to Stanton’s budget

In two years, Stanton’s water tower is due for overcoating and engineering, and the estimated cost is $60,000.

The Stanton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was reinstated in 2014 to help improve downtown Stanton. For the first time since 2014, the DDA is expected to earn revenue through the Taste of Montcalm festival on June 24. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton DDA expects revenue through Taste of Montcalm

For the first time since being re-established in 2014, Stanton’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is expected to bring in revenue. “I’m just ecstatic about that (making revenue) and what they’re going to do for the city,” City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert said while going over the city’s budget on April 25.

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Montcalm County commissioners approve budget calendar

Montcalm County’s Finance & Personnel Committee on Monday approved a variety of budgetary motions, including a 2018 budget calendar to help them stay on track.

Montcalm Community College President Bob Ferrentino welcomes graduates and family members of graduates to the college’s 50th commencement ceremony on the Sidney campus Friday evening. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Community College celebrates 50th commencement ceremony

Fifty classes of Montcalm Community College (MCC) students have walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. Those students came from all walks of life and worked toward receiving their associate’s degrees for myriad reasons.

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Montcalm County investigation nears $400,000 in bills at 9-month mark

Montcalm County is approaching $400,000 in legal costs as a financial investigation of this county hits the nine-month mark.

The Daily News submitted a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request to learn how much county commissioners have approved paying in legal and accounting bills since the investigation got underway in August 2016.

Stanton City Commissioner Karl Yoder, right, discusses the confusion for filing to run in the city’s election this year. Yoder’s position, along with two other commissioners and the mayor are up for election this year. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton mayor, 2 commissioners miss state election filing deadline

Between turnover on the Stanton City Commission and regular term limits, four out of six commissioner positions and the mayor’s seat will be on November’s ballot.
However, only Commissioner Charles “Chuck” Miel filed for re-election before the 4 p.m. April 25 deadline.

Heather Simon is graduating from the early college program at Montcalm Community College tonight, along with her classmates. Simon came to the program from Ionia High School and has worked over the last few years not only to meet academic demands but extracurricular demands as well. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Early college participant to speak at MCC graduation

Heather Simon is a busy woman. She’s the president of the Culture and Travel Club at Montcalm Community College (MCC), the president of Alpha Tau Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa and a tutor.

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Trufant man identified after fatal accident on M-66

A Trufant man has been identified as the victim of a fatal accident last week at M-66 and Sidney Road.