IN BRIEF: Montcalm County BOC hosts final meeting of the year

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners took action on multiple agenda items during their last regular meeting of 2016.

Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Bob Marston gives the board an update about the trail he’s working to build on the Sidney campus of the college during a regular meeting Tuesday evening.  — Daily News/Emilee Nielson

MCC board looks at safety and security

Montcalm Community College (MCC) campuses are about to become safer places for students and staff.

Jim Lower, right, standing beside his wife, Kristen, center, is sworn in as the next state representative of Michigan’s 70th House District Monday evening by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley at the Montcalm County Administration building in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lower takes oath of office for 70th District (PHOTOS)

With his right hand raised upward and left hand placed firmly on the Bible, Jim Lower took his oath of office Monday evening to become a member of Michigan’s 99th State Legislature. Standing before family and friends, and a number of constituents who he has now grown to call friends, Lower, with his wife Kristen by his side, repeated after Lt. Gov. Brian Calley from the third floor of the Montcalm County Administration Building, keeping his hand placed on the very Bible his wife’s parents had once given to him upon converting to Catholicis


IN BRIEF: MCC board has vacancy

Montcalm Community College Trustee (MCC) Michael Williams participated in his final meeting of the board of trustees Tuesday evening.

Williams’ term is at an end and the board has a 30 day window to appoint someone new before the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) would intervene and appoint someone. There are four candidates currently vying for the open trustee spot.


IN BRIEF: Stanton positions appointed, reappointed

Six city positions were appointed or reappointed at the Stanton City Commission meeting on Tuesday night.

After “reluctantly” accepting former City Commissioner Lewis Corwin’s resignation, which he turned in on Nov. 23, the commission voted for Charles Miel to fill his vacancy. Miel was sworn in and sat on the board for the remainder of the meeting.

Montcalm Area Intermediate School District  Board of Education members receive a tour of the Seiter Education Center in Greenville on Thursday from Alex Crawford, 15, left, a student at the center. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MAISD Board hears update about Career Center students

Students at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) focus not only on learning a technical skill, but also on core academic concepts. Sometimes, they struggle to grasp those core concepts, just as traditional students do. During a regular meeting Thursday, Celena Mills, associate superintendent for the MACC, told the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education about the ways administrators have been using data from assessments to evaluate what areas students need to work on.

The Stanton Community Fire Department received a call at 10:55 a.m. Thursday for a house and garage fire on Penny Lane in Stanton. Firefighters worked nearly three hours to extingish the blaze. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

4 fire departments battle Stanton house fire

Firefighters from four departments braved cold temps and hot flames for nearly three hours Thursday to extinguish a structure fire.

The Stanton Community Fire Department received a call at 10:55 a.m. for a fire which apparently started in the garage at 268 Penny Lane in Stanton.

Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, at left, assists Kay Westergaard and Reynolds Township Clerk Robin Sholty as they try to determine whether a bin containing presidential election ballots was properly sealed. The women were among 30 volunteers assisting in a presidential recount Wednesday at the former Stanton elementary school building. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County completes presidential election ballot recount

Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard oversaw her first presidential election ballot recount in record time. Wednesday’s hand recount of ballots cast in November’s general election started at 9 a.m. and was completed by 3 p.m. for a total of six hours.

Luke Hevel, owner of Hevel Auto Repair in Stanton, works on the 2004 Ford Focus and Stanton NAPA Auto Parts’ old delivery vehicle to be ready to give away to a local family. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

One-time NAPA delivery car to help local family

A former delivery car for NAPA Auto Parts in Stanton is getting a second chance and helping a local family. NAPA was planning on scrapping the 2004 Ford Focus after the timing belt broke earlier this year, but Store Manager Kimberlie Rivett and her husband Mike Rivett, a mechanic at Hevel Auto Repair in Stanton, had an idea to help someone in the community and “pay it forward.”

Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin explains the county’s delinquent tax revolving fund process to Jeremy Miller of Greenville on Monday morning. Miller, an incoming Montcalm County commissioner for District 1 starting in January, has been visiting all county departments to educate himself about his newly elected responsibilities. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee hears budget update

Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin updated the county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on Monday about a $2.5 million bond aimed at correcting the county’s financial situation. In October, commissioners approved borrowing no more than $2.5 million for the 2014-2015 delinquent tax revolving fund.