Brian Smith of Central Asphalt in Mount Pleasant lines up string along Lake Montcalm Road near Vestaburg on Monday, as Matt Toth works nearby. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

$4 million in road repairs underway in Montcalm County (PHOTOS)

Portions of three gravel roads will be restored to asphalt as part of $4 million in road work projects this year. The Road Commission for Montcalm County borrowed $4 million from Chemical Bank (a 10-year loan with a 2.2 interest rate) to get a jump start on repairing roads based on Michigan’s $1.2 billion road funding package approved by legislators last November.

A red 1999 Buick LeSabre and a 2012 Audi S4 collided head-on after the Audi was not able to pass multiple vehicles on M66 on Belvidere Township on Sunday.

UPDATE: Second person dies as a result of Sunday crash

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a two car crash on M-66 near Schmeid Road in Belvidere Township. The crash was reported at approximately 7:18 p.m. on Sunday. Two people have died as a result of the crash.

In about four years, this property in Stanton will look significantly different, as it will be the home to five baseball fields, a veteran’s memorial, hiking trails, disc golf course and more amenities. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Veterans Memorial Park to be a ‘veritable campus’ in Stanton

Plans are firming up fast for the new Veterans Memorial Park and now Stanton’s City Commission is moving forward with gaining the financial wherewithal to turn those plans into reality.

Listening to county budget discussions are, from left, Montcalm County accountant Brenda Taeter, who is also interim county controller-administrator; Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview; and Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, who — like Taeter — is a candidate for the controller-administrator job. (Daily News | Elisabeth Waldon)

Montcalm County commissioners updated on budget situation

Montcalm County officials not only need to stop a bleeding budget — they need to perform open heart surgery on the county’s entire business model.

Dianne Lowell, owner of Birdie’s Antiques and Gifts, is organizing an arts and collectibles show to run throughout the day during the Taste Of Montcalm festival. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

New summer festival in Stanton gains sponsors, plans events

A planned festival celebrating Montcalm County’s purveyors of epicurean delights is attracting the attention of several corporate sponsors.

Greg Colley conducts plumbing and mechanical inspections Tuesday morning at the new Hathaway Hills Assisted Living Facility in Greenville. Colley is one of two part-time inspectors for the Montcalm County Building Department who will be receiving a raise of $2 per inspection, bringing the total from $18 to $20 per inspection. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County building inspectors get first raise in more than a decade

Montcalm County’s two building inspectors are getting their first wage increase in more than a decade. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 on Monday to approve a recommendation from the county’s Finance & Personnel committee earlier this month.

Students will face a $25 per contact hour technology fee starting in this fall at Montcalm Community College after a recent vote by the MCC Board of Trustees. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MCC hikes tuition, adds technology fees

Montcalm Community College (MCC) students are going to see some new fees in the upcoming fall semester. To compensate for falling budgets and rising costs, the MCC Board of Trustees recently voted to raise tuition and to add extra fees to student costs.

United Way Montcalm-Ionia Executive Director  Roger Thelen asks Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, to deliver their opinions Monday on the issue of third grade reading proficiency being discussed through pending legislation in Lansing. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Emmons, Outman weigh in on education legislation

As Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, toured a state prison Monday morning, she received a firsthand encounter on how a lack of early education in life can lead to time behind bars. Observing a new vocational program at the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia, Emmons watched as prisoners took classes and received hands-on training in programs ranging from auto mechanics to computer-aided design.

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Montcalm County undersheriff continues role as interim jail admin

The Montcalm County Jail will be short an administrator and a corrections officer for at least another month. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners reviewed a request Monday from Sheriff Bill Barnwell to fill the vacant jail administrator position, as well as a vacant corrections officer position.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College on the subject of the state’s 2016-2017 fiscal year budget. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Legislators get early start on state budget

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, doesn’t find the state budget an exciting topic, but it is one that he deems important. Outman spent more than 30 minutes on the subject of the upcoming 2016-2017 fiscal year state budget during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College, as two budget bills were introduced in the House of Representatives last week.