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New staff at Central Montcalm Public School this year include Chelsea Stech, Jennifer Dankert, Beth Clingenpeel,Nicole Long, Kasie Adams, Kathleen Stein, Marty James and Superintendent Charles Muncatchy. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Central Montcalm Public School approves new hires

New Central Montcalm Public School Superintendent Chuck Muncatchy sat in on his first school board meeting Wednesday night and watched as the board approved hiring a new high school principal, six new teachers and an athletic trainer to help the district be ready for the influx of students at the start of the new school year.

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Central Montcalm’s new leader is already on the job

Though the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education is still finalizing details of the new superintendent contract, Charles Muncatchy has already started working as the district’s new leader.

House and Senate candidates came together Monday at Twin Ponds Sports Shop in Stanton to answer questions regarding their policies on a variety of natural resource-related issues. On hand were 70th District Rep. Rick Outman and his Democratic challenger Jim Hoisington, 33rd District Democratic candidate Fred Sprague and Will Wagner, a representative from Sen. Judy Emmons’ office. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Candidates discuss conservation issues with voters at forum

Three candidates vying for House and Senate seats in November met Monday evening at Twin Ponds Sports Shop to discuss conservation-related issues with area voters. Attending were 70th District Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and his Democratic challenger Jim Hoisington of Stanton, 33rd District Democratic candidate Fred Sprague of Alma and Will Wagner, a representative for Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan.

Members of the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees discuss items Tuesday morning before voting on a resolution to approve millage renewal language for the Nov. 4 general election. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC board OKs resolution for November millage renewal

This November, voters in Montcalm County will have an important decision to make in the voting booth, a decision worth $25 million in funds to Montcalm Community College (MCC). During Tuesday morning’s MCC Board of Trustees meeting, board members unanimously approved the language for a millage renewal to appear on the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election.

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.