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IN BRIEF: Stanton’s website receives update

This city’s website received a new look thanks to BER Consulting Services of Grand Rapids and Stanton City Commissioner Jane Basom.

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Montcalm County officials sworn into office

The 8th Judicial Circuit Courtroom was filled with a standing-room-only audience for a festive ceremony Thursday afternoon.

Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger swore multiple Montcalm County officials into office, including newly elected Sheriff Mike Williams, who will succeed retiring Sheriff Bill Barnwell.

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Garage, boat, car destroyed in Stanton fire

A Stanton family lost their garage, boat and car in a fire early Friday morning, but the flames only caused exterior damage to the house, which was unattached from the garage.

From left, Montcalm Care Network’s Melissa Bolanos, case manager; Angie Loiselle, recipient rights officer; and Leigha Harris, employment connections, purchased $1,516.68 of Christmas gifts for local families. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Man’s donation in honor of late wife to provide gifts for local families

Typically, the Montcalm Care Network is able to provide two local families with Christmas gifts, but this year something atypical happened and allowed the agency to provide for five families. Erik Halvorsen of Sheridan wanted to honor his late wife, Dolores, and decided to donate $1,500 to the Montcalm Care Network to help local families this Christmas.

Stanton Lions Club President Larry Beardslee thanks members of every police agency in Montcalm County on Wednesday at the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office after presenting each department with monetary donations from every Lions Club in the county. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local organizations give back to law enforcement (PHOTOS)

Local law enforcement agencies celebrated Christmas early when a local man decided he needed to do something to counteract a decreasing public opinion of the profession. Sheridan’s Larry Beardslee was not liking the negative publicity he was seeing about law enforcement officers. Instead of feeling annoyed by it, he opted to do something about it. This week, with the assistance of the nine Montcalm County-area Lions Clubs, local law enforcement agencies each received generous donations.

McCarthy Park on M-91 in Montcalm Township is one of four Montcalm County parks that have not been adopted by community members or local businesses. The future of those four parks remains uncertain for the 2017 season. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County parks face uncertain future

When community members protested the possibility of closing county parks last summer, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners created an Adopt-A-Park program to keep the properties open. Half a year later, only two of six parks have been adopted.

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Stanton hires acting city manager

The Stanton City Commission voted 6-1 during a special meeting Tuesday night to appoint an acting city manager and to re-advertise for a permanent city manager. The City Commission offered a full-time acting city manager job to Elizabeth Pynaert, who works as executive assistant and community liaison for the city. Pynaert accepted the job. She will meet with Mayor Larry Petersen to finalize details regarding duties and salary.

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Central Montcalm approves first phase of school bond project

Central Montcalm Public School is one step closer to the final design for the first phase of a district bond project.

In a 6-0 vote Monday, with Trustee Brandy Ryan absent, the Board of Education approved a four-phase bidding schedule with initial steps beginning as soon as February.

John Axe, an attorney with Clark Hill in Detroit, reports on the slow progress of a Montcalm County financial investigation. Axe is pictured next to Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin during Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Firms still investigating Montcalm County’s financial ‘mess’

Deciphering Montcalm County’s pecuniary puzzle is taking longer than expected.

During Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, John Axe, an attorney with Clark Hill in Detroit, reported on the slow progress.Deciphering Montcalm County’s pecuniary puzzle is taking longer than expected.

During Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, John Axe, an attorney with Clark Hill in Detroit, reported on the slow progress.

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IN BRIEF: Stanton hires acting city manager

The Stanton City Commission voted 6-1 during a special meeting Tuesday night to appoint an acting city manager and to re-advertise for a permanent city manager.

The Commission offered a full-time acting city manager job to Elizabeth Pynaert, who works as executive assistant and community liaison for the city of Stanton. Pynaert accepted the job. She will meet with Mayor Larry Petersen to finalize details regarding duties and salary.