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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.

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ON THE RECORD: Montcalm County cracking down on recycling site abuse

One man has been convicted and fined after dumping garbage at a Montcalm County recycling site, putting a face to a countywide problem.

Kathy Jo VanderLaan, Montcalm County’s business development coordinator with The Right Place, gives examples of economic development within Montcalm County throughout the past year during Thursday’s Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Right Place partnership paying dividends for Montcalm County

After one full year of utilizing The Right Place in Montcalm County, early returns appear to be positive.

According to Right Place Board of Directors member and Montcalm Economic Alliance Board President Rob Spohr, the return on investment in partnering with The Right Place, an economic development agency based in Grand Rapids, has led to a rate of $1,330 to $1 through the first year of the three-year partnership.

Plans for the first Taste of Montcalm event include children’s games, a beer tent, live bands, an arts show and more, all at D. Hale Brake Park on Stanton’s south side. — Courtesy photo

First ever Taste of Montcalm coming to Stanton in June

Everyone has that one restaurant they’ve always meant to try. You’ve heard the food is good and the waitstaff is attentive. And yet, somehow, you’ve never gotten around to it. On June 25 in Stanton, you’ll have your chance. That’s when the city’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) presents the first ever Taste of Montcalm County.

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Central Montcalm school board approves budget amendments

Members of the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved budget amendments and hired a new Upper Elementary School principal during Monday’s meeting.

A Sidney Township home that burned down in February is being rebuilt by Montcalm Area Career Center construction students. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Area Career Center students rebuild home from ashes

Montcalm County construction students are taking their skills outside the classroom. The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education on Thursday heard an update about an ongoing project for Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) construction students.

Commissioner John Johansen, at left, reads a list of proposed questions to be asked at secondary interviews for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator, as Johansen’s colleagues Tom Porter, Ron Baker and Ron Retzloff listen on Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

4 get second interview for Montcalm County administrator job

Four internal candidates will be asked back for second interviews for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to re-interview Commission on Aging Director Robert Clingenpeel, accountant Brenda Taeter and Chief Deputy Register of Deeds Catrina Woodruff.

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CM schools OK financing application

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education took the next step in securing financing in preparation for a two-series bond issue, in anticipation of a voter millage renewal.

From left, Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell, Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines, Prosecutor Andrea Krause and Register of Deeds Lori Wilson discuss pending budget cuts with the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners at a finance committee meeting Monday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County finance committee hears budget cut proposals

Closing county parks, closing MSU Extension one day per week, increasing document fees for residents, sending dead animals to a landfill … These were some of the suggested budget cuts presented to the Montcalm County finance committee on Monday as county officials work to scale back local government operations.

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Should Montcalm County ask local municipalities for money?

Would local municipalities be willing to help fund Montcalm County services as budget cuts loom? Four county department heads approached commissioners with this idea during a finance meeting Monday, but the chairman of the board found the proposal “offensive.”