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Robert McConnell, center, poses with a group of 4-H members who recently stopped by the Trinity Food Pantry to drop off donations and volunteer their time. 4-H leader Dianne Hansen is pictured at left. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Many hands make Trinity Food Pantry work

It sometimes takes a village to feed a city. Or maybe it only seems like an entire village putting in the hours at Trinity Evangelical Free Church Food Pantry. Located at 400 N. Lincoln St. in Stanton, the pantry is one of only a few in the area that maintains regular hours. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, city residents and members of the church in need may stop by the pantry for emergency food assistance.

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Sheridan Memorial Food Pantry continues to ‘hold on’

It was one woman’s desire to help needy veterans that birthed the Memorial Food Pantry in Sheridan.

Jacob Eckholm

Future Stanton meetings may be recorded

Residents of this city may soon be able to review and comment on every word spoken at City Commission meetings. That’s if an idea put forth by Stanton City Manager Jake Eckholm comes to fruition. At present, minutes of each meeting are taken and published in the public record. However, some commission members — as well as a handful of community members — feel the minutes don’t go far enough toward portraying the actual events taking place at the meetings.

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Montcalm Economic Alliance sets goals

Members of the Montcalm Economic Alliance gathered for the organization’s second meeting last Wednesday, with discussions focused on looking to the future of the new entity. With a few minor adjustments made during discussion, Alliance members voted unanimously to accept the official bylaws, with a stated purpose to retain, expand and attract business and industry within Montcalm County.

Greenville resident Burton Sly fills up his car at the Admiral gas station on W. Washington St. in Greenville. Sly was able to fill his vehicle at $1.94 a gallon, the cheapest price offered since 2009.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lower gas prices are expected to last through 2015

Burton Sly has a regular routine of filling the gas tank of his vehicle every Sunday afternoon to prepare for the work week, a routine that oftentimes digs too deep into his finances.

But in recent weeks, the Greenville resident has had reason to smile at the pump as gas prices nationwide have plummeted.

Additional funding in the amount of $1.2 billion for Michigan’s roads will be in the hands of voters in May as they vote on whether to increase the state sales tax from 6 to 7 percent.  — File photo

Outman, Emmons cite ‘compromise’ in reaching road funding legislation

With so many minds in Michigan focused on gasoline prices, in Lansing, legislators worked last week during the final hours of the lame duck session to draft a solution to the state’s issues with poor road quality.

After two bills were drafted, one in the House of Representatives and another in the Senate, legislators came together to create a bipartisan bill package that would provide an additional $1.2 billion annually toward road funding.

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How much should elected officials earn? Montcalm County board debating whether to fund wage study

A proposal to conduct a compensation study for elected county officials has stalled … again. The issue originally arose last August when Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard requested an $8,000 salary increase based on how her duties have changed since she first took office in 1998.

Charles Muncatchy

JUST IN: Central Montcalm superintendent resigns, cites health reasons

When Charles Muncatchy was hired as the new Central Montcalm Public School superintendent five months ago, his plans were to serve the district for three to five years.

Instead, Roxanne Switzer, in her last meeting as board president, read a statement at tonight’s meeting announcing Muncatchy’s resignation effective Dec. 10.

Michigan Works and Montcalm Community College hosted a job fair Monday for those interested in careers with the Michigan Department of Corrections. Corrections officer Eric Riggs demonstrates some of the equipment prison guards use during the course of an average workday. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Jobseekers learn about corrections department

It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. On Monday, about 120 candidates gathered at Montcalm Community College (MCC) to learn more about what it takes to be a Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) officer.

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Montcalm County commissioners move PACE district push forward

A push to create a property assessed clean energy (PACE) district in Montcalm County is beginning to move forward. On Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 to obtain public comment about contracting with Lean & Green Michigan to create a PACE district.