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Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Ron Retzloff of Crystal, left, reviews appointments as Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer discusses the annual meeting schedule and committee assignments during an organizational meeting Monday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners OK bylaws, procedures and appointments

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners held a 12-minute meeting Monday to organize for the new year.

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Busy year ahead for city of Stanton

It’s been a busy year for the city of Stanton, though not so busy as it’s likely to be in coming years.

According to City Manager Jake Eckholm, 2015 represented a year of planning and laying out of the groundwork for improvements yet to come.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County Board of Commissioners organize for new year

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners held a brief meeting Monday to organize for the new year.

District 6 Commissioner Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview remains chairman, while District 5 Commissioner Ron Retzloff of Crystal remains vice chairman.

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Montcalm County commissioners hash out Headlee override

What will county residents get for their money if they approve a Headlee override? On Monday, Montcalm County Board of Commissioners discussed how to present the upcoming ballot proposal to the public. Voters will be asked to decide a five-year Headlee override millage proposal on the March 8 ballot. Michigan’s presidential primary election will also take place that day.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County IT specialist promoted to director

Montcalm County’s information technology (IT) specialist has been promoted to IT director, along with a salary increase.

From left, Danielle Pemberton of Reed City, Macie Devries of Greenville, Amber Marchese of Belding, Brock Jackson of Stanton and Taylor Teegardin of Coral, wait in line to apply for the Montcalm Community College nursing program Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Students line up overnight for early enrollment in MCC nursing program

Danielle Pemberton spent her 27th birthday Monday huddled under her coat, sitting in a lawn chair just a few feet outside the front entrance of Montcalm Community College’s administration building.

Settling in at 7 a.m., Pemberton made herself comfortable, taking shelter from the rain under the building’s exterior overhang. Although there was no cake to eat, candles to blow out or gifts to unwrap, it would still likely be a birthday she won’t soon forget.

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Montcalm County Headlee override vote set for March 8

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday discussed how to promote an upcoming ballot proposal to county residents. Voters will be asked to decide the fate of a five-year Headlee override millage proposal on the March 8 ballot. Michigan’s presidential primary election will also take place that day.

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CPL gun board changes will allow ‘one-stop shopping’

County gun boards were eliminated last week per a new state law, leaving concealed pistol license (CPL) applications in the hands of county clerks and state police.

County sheriffs and prosecutors are no longer part of the CPL process, per Public Acts 3 and 4, which Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law last March. County clerks and the Michigan State Police (MSP) are now responsible for issuing CPLs to qualified applicants.

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JUST IN: Headlee vote discussed for Montcalm County

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners today discussed how to sell an upcoming ballot proposal.

Montcalm County voters will be asked to decide the fate of a five-year Headlee override millage proposal on the March 8 ballot. Michigan’s presidential primary election will also take place that day.

A Sheridan man was killed in a car versus tree accident Saturday night. — Courtesy photo

JUST IN: Sheridan man dies in car-tree accident

A Sheridan man was killed in a car versus tree accident Saturday night.

Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident around 10:30 p.m. on West County Farm Road near South Holland Road just west of Sheridan.