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Montcalm County creates PACE district

Montcalm County has become the 10th county in Michigan to create a property assessed clean energy (PACE) district.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 9-0 Monday to adopt a resolution creating a PACE district.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks on the topic of the May 5 ballot proposal to increase the Michigan sales tax during Monday’s Legislative Update at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

State Rep. Outman undecided on Michigan road funding proposal

Pick a road — any road — in Michigan, and one is bound to find themselves grumbling about the cracks, bumps and potholes they encounter along the way. It’s fact more than argument that the mitten state is ranked as one of the worst in the nation for road quality.

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Kennel ordinance continues to dog Montcalm County Board of Commissioners

That doggone kennel ordinance. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners has been actively discussing updating the county’s dog kennel ordinance for more than a year now.

Farmers, business owners, educators and politicians met Friday at Montcalm Community College to hear about a cooperative agreement now underway between MCC and Michigan State University. Pictured here, MSU Director of the Institute of Agricultural Technology Randy Showerman, standing, addresses the gathering. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

MCC putting the focus on the farm

Area students considering a career in agriculture just got a serious leg up thanks to a cooperative agreement signed Friday between Michigan State University (MSU) and Montcalm Community College (MCC). That agreement brings many new agriculture resources to MCC while at the same time streamlining the degree process and reducing overall tuition costs.

Firefighters work through frigid temperatures Tuesday morning in an effort to extinguish a house fire at 1701 W. Boyer Road in Fairplain Township.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fenwick house destroyed in fire

A Fenwick couple is scrambling to put their life back together after watching their residence and possessions inside go up in flames Tuesday morning.

Lorri Sobie was at her home at 1701 W. Boyer Road near Sheridan when she smelled “something electrical” burning in her home at approximately 7 a.m. She called 911 and her husband, Roman, who rushed home from Greenville.

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2 clerks resign post in 2 weeks in Pine Township

Two clerks have resigned in as many weeks in Pine Township due to a variety of issues. Roberta “Bobby” Yaw of Lakeview was elected clerk in November 2012. She submitted a resignation letter to the township board effective Feb. 9.

From left, registered nurses Kathy Raby and Amber Ryan and emergency room physician Mike Cearlock listen as Sheridan Community Hospital Administrator Randy Fleschig takes a moment to check up on the day’s activities Thursday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Sheridan Community Hospital the last independent hospital in county

Sheridan Community Hospital is in the minority, but continues to serve the majority of those who live in the heart of Montcalm County. Carson Health, which has been an affiliate of Lansing-based Sparrow Heath Systems since 1997, officially merged with Sparrow on Feb. 1 and is now known as Sparrow Carson Health.

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CM school board OKs superintendent salary

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved a contract for their new superintendent Monday, and then discussed ways to ease the burden of the multiple roles of the district’s leader. The board approved a $115,000 annual salary for Amy Meinhardt, who was recently promoted from interim superintendent to superintendent of the school district.

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VIDEO: Montcalm County firefighters participate in ice rescue training

In spite of the 2 degree air temperature, which dropped even lower with the wind chill, Montcalm County firefighters braved the frigid weather to participate in an ice training on Sunday. Michigan Rescue Concepts (MRC) hosted the training session in Crystal Township, which included a morning classroom session and an afternoon hands-on training session on the ice of Crystal Lake. MRC is an 18-year-old Michigan-based company which have trained more than 500 fire departments in ice and water rescue training.

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Montcalm County wage talks continue

A sub-committee of Montcalm County’s Finance & Personnel committee met this week to discuss whether to conduct a wage study of elected county officials — a debate that’s been simmering since last summer. Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer chaired the Feb. 9 meeting alongside Board of Commissioners Chairman Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview, Commissioner Betty Kellenberger of Carson City and Commissioner Ron Retzloff of Crystal.