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CM board wraps up school year business

Although Central Montcalm Public School students have been done with school for a few weeks, the school year does not wrap up for the district until June 30. At its regular meeting Monday, the school board closed up this school year and jumped into the business of the 2016-2017 school year. The board also approved amendments to the 2015-2016 general fund budget and food service budget to balance books, and approved hiring staff for the upcoming year.

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Two sheriff’s deputies leaving Montcalm County amid budget cuts

As budget cuts loom for the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, two deputies have left or are leaving for other jobs and a third colleague is interviewing for new employment.

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MCC board OKs master agreement contracts

Together with joint bargaining teams and third-party mediators, Montcalm Community College (MCC) has master agreement contracts. During Tuesday morning’s regular meeting, the MCC Board of Trustees approved contracts for support staff and administrative council.

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Fee hikes coming to Montcalm County offices

Montcalm County residents will notice a variety of fee increases for local services starting this summer. On Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved fee increases in the clerk’s office and register of deeds office to help with the county’s $1.5 million budget deficit.

Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel, left, explains his approach to county budget cuts as Commissioner Patrick Q. Carr listens. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 6-3 on Monday to authorize Clingenpeel to make necessary budget reductions. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners pass budget decisions to controller

After months of being unable to agree to take action on budget cuts, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners have decided to allow their new controller-administrator to take over those decisions. The board voted 6-3 on Monday to approve Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel’s recommendation that the board authorize him to “make necessary budget reductions” effective that same day. The proposal is part of Clingenpeel’s effort to help the county’s $1.5 million budget deficit leading up to approval of the 2016-2017 budget. He will make budget reductions in conjunction with county department heads, and will report his action back to the board.

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IN BRIEF: MCC board approves contracts

During a regular meeting Tuesday morning, the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees approved several contracts.

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UPDATE: Sheridan man arrested for fraudulent credit card use

A Sheridan man has been arrested for the fraudulent use of a credit card stolen from a 65-year-old Vestaburg woman.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County commissioners turn over budget cuts to new admin

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners have decided to turn over budget cut decisions to their new controller-administrator.

The board voted 6-3 on Monday to approve Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel’s recommendation that the board authorize him to “make necessary budget reductions” effective that same day on an ongoing basis.

Zaria Wilks, 18 months, of Edmore, enjoys her carseat in the 2017 Chrysler 2017 Pacifica. Her father is one of the sales and leasing staff members at Ed Koehn in Greenville. (Daily News | Amanda Leitch-Lee)

REVVED UP: Safety and style merge in latest family vehicles

Most of us remember the “family truckster” station wagon in the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” It was what we typically thought of as the perfect vehicle for a growing family.

Montcalm County Sheriff's Deputy Charlie Mahar

Montcalm County sheriff’s candidates weigh in on budget

Three law enforcement men are vying to be elected the next sheriff of Montcalm County.

Longtime Sheriff Bill Barnwell is retiring at the end of this year. Whoever voters choose in the Aug. 2 primary election to succeed Barnwell will be tasked with overseeing a department that has been hit with repeated budget cuts over the years.

The Daily News asked the three candidates — all Republicans — for their thoughts about the budget crunch and their plans for the future, if elected.