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Jacob Eckholm fielded questions in a final interview Tuesday evening at Stanton’s City Commission meeting. Eckholm was chosen to replace the city’s previous manager, James Freed, who left earlier this summer to take a post in Port Huron. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton, Lakeview decide on 24-year-old Jacob Eckholm as new manager

After weeks without a manager, the village of Lakeview and city of Stanton have finally settled on a replacement for James Freed, who left the post earlier this summer to take a job in Port Huron. Following an extensive search process and several interviews, Stanton’s City Commission on Wednesday voted to hire Jacob Eckholm as shared manager for both communities. Lakeview’s Village Council had already arrived at the same decision Monday evening.

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Montcalm County controller-administrator praised, earns bonus

After lengthy discussion and one failed motion, the Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee recommended a bonus for their controller-administrator. Montcalm County’s information and technology (IT) specialist position was vacant for several months, after Mary McMillen resigned last December. Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer stepped up and filled the position until April, when Eric McLaughlin was hired to fill the vacancy.

Members of the Lakeview Village Council interviewed the final two candidates vying for the village manager’s position. That manager, when hired, will serve both Lakeview and the city of Stanton. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Finalists interviewed for Stanton and Lakeview manager position

It’s down to the final two candidates in the search for a new manager for the village of Lakeview and city of Stanton. When selected, the new manager will serve both communities, allotting 20 hours per week to each.

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Montcalm County officials continue to work on budget

Montcalm County commissioners continued to hash out the upcoming budget year in another three-hour meeting Monday. Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer led the meeting, along with Finance & Personnel Committee members Commissioners Ron Baker of Howard City, Tom Lindeman of Greenville, Betty Kellenberger of Carson City and Ron Retzloff of Crystal.

The 2014 Miss Stanton court consists of, front row from left, Princess Lilliann McGuire, Junior Miss Stanton First Runner-up Elizabeth Conklin, Miss Stanton 2014 Hailey Hollenbeck, Duchess Emma Burns, Duke Zach Petersen and Prince Gabriel Vansconis; back row from left, Miss Stanton Third Runner-up Kacey Jones, Junior Miss Second Runner-up Keisha Miller, Miss Stanton Second Runner-up Erica Wyatt, Junior Miss Hannah Salliote, Miss Stanton First Runner-up Taylor Skula; Junior Miss Court Member Tori Swan; Jr. Miss Third Runner-up Ally Crippen and Junior Miss Court Member Katie Lilly. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Sidney teen takes advice, wins Miss Stanton title

Hailey Hollenbeck was considering trying the Miss Stanton Scholarship pageant, but was hesitant. Her mom and her sisters, including her twin sister Hannah, encouraged her to go for it.

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Montcalm County budget committee considers requests from 4-H, sheriff

Montcalm County commissioners have begun sorting through a plethora of budget requests for the upcoming fiscal year. Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer led Wednesday’s three-and-a-half-hour meeting, alongside Finance & Personnel Committee members Ron Baker of Howard City, Tom Lindeman of Greenville and Ron Retzloff of Crystal.

Hopeful bidders filled the Sheridan Community Center on Monday for the Ionia/Montcalm county minimum bid land auction. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Bidders take a leap of faith at Ionia/Montcalm county land auction

Hopeful bidders at Monday’s annual Ionia/Montcalm county land auction ranged from the novice (“I am so scared,” admitted Sue Keift) to the experienced (“You really need to do your homework,” advised Brett Freeman).

Sharon Ritter instructs a classroom of children Friday in the historic Heritage Village schoolhouse on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus during the 28th annual Heritage Village Festival. At top left, Keegan MacDonald, of Greenville and the American Mountain Men Association, fires a rifle as part of a demonstration. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Heritage Village gives people a look at the way things used to be

Mary Dyer attended Montcalm Community College (MCC) in the 1970s and has some great memories of being a student of the Sidney school. Dyer, now of San Diego, remembers hearing talk then of the historical buildings that were going to be located near campus. Dyer was one of the large crowd of guests who visited the Montcalm Heritage Village during the three-day Heritage Village Festival this weekend, celebrating the 28th year a small band of volunteers has faithfully put together the unique, hands-on celebration.

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Montcalm County 4-H’ers want full-time coordinator

Supporters of Montcalm County’s 4-H program are hoping the currently vacant 4-H coordinator position will be improved to a full-time job. Local 4-H advocates appeared at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to ask the board to consider improving the part-time position to a full-time position for the upcoming fiscal year.

White Pine Library Director Patty Rockafellow addresses a group of children Wednesday at the library’s end of summer party. Rockafellow recently accepted the library director position after retiring from teaching 30 years. — Courtesy photo

New director settling in at Stanton’s White Pine Library

The headline could read “Hometown girl makes good,” but Patty Rockafellow, who recently took over the director’s position at White Pine Library, has been making good things happen in the Stanton area for most of her adult life.