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Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Carbonelli and newly appointed Trustee Esther Combs shake hands at Tuesday evening’s regular meeting. Combs was appointed to fill the spot vacated by Sheriff Mike Williams. Combs will serve on the board until December 2018. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MCC Board appoints new trustee

A new trustee has been appointed to the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees. Esther Combs of Crystal was unanimously appointed to the board during Tuesday evening’s regular meeting. Combs fills the spot vacated by Montcalm County Sheriff Michael Williams in December 2016. Statute does not allow Williams to serve as a trustee in his new role as sheriff. Combs’ term will expire in December 2018.

The city of Stanton owned the lot at 111 S. Grove St., but recently received and approved an offer from the owners of the adjacent lot to purchase the property for $5,000. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton sells lot once tabbed for city investment to next-door residents

This city has one less parcel for sale. Stanton previously had four city-owned properties for sale. Former City Manager Jake Eckholm planned on using the properties as part of the Stanton Housing Investment Program (SHIP), which would build homes on the property to be resold for the city’s profit and benefit. However, Eckholm left Stanton for another job, leaving the project to fizzle out.

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IN BRIEF: MAISD board approves new hires, donations

Several new hires were approved by the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education during Thursday morning’s meeting.

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UPDATE: Sheridan man ID’d as second victim of fatal car crash

The second victim of a fatal car accident Thursday night has been identified.

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Montcalm County Parks & Rec Committee fails to have quorum

The Montcalm County Parks & Recreation Committee was scheduled to discuss and vote on the topics of park closure and adopt-a-park applications Tuesday morning.

However, the committee was unable to meet due to the lack of a quorum.

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IN BRIEF: MCC Board appoints new trustee

A new trustee has been appointed to the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees.

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IN BRIEF: Stanton city commissioners say goodbye to clerk/treasurer

After 29 years of service to the city, City Clerk/Treasurer Janet Davis attended her final meeting in Stanton before she retires on Tuesday.

Her departure left the city commission to discuss replacement options.

Montcalm County Animal Control Officer Autumn DeVries, at left, and Director Angela Hollinshead groom Bella, an adult female labrador retriever who’s available for adoption through Montcalm County Animal Control. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Commissioners hear about animals, jail visits, emergency services

New Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams gave his first report to county commissioners during Monday’s Law Enforcement & Courts Committee meeting. Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead and Central Dispatch Director Tim Scott also presented reports to commissioners Monday as part of Controller-Director Robert Clingenpeel’s goal of having more people participate and communicate at monthly meetings.

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UPDATE: Family grieves Stanton man after double fatal car accident

A Stanton man was one of two victims of a fatal car accident Thursday night.

According to the Michigan State Police, troopers responded to the accident at 11:56 p.m. on Evergreen Road east of Town Hall Road. The car had hit a tree after going off the roadway. The car then began burning. The driver and the passenger were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Steve Wyckoff holds a copy of the Montcalm County Forestry & Wildlife Guide, a publication created in part by the Montcalm Conservation District. Wyckoff, a conservation district director, is leading a grassroots effort to explore the possibility of a millage proposal to fund services for the conservation district along with Montcalm County Animal Control, 4-H, county parks and veterans. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County millage exploration group to meet Jan. 18

Animals, conservation, 4-H, parks and veterans.

These five topics may not share the same audience or interest in Montcalm County, but they all have one common need: Funding.