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Montcalm County commissioners approve balanced budget

By making some tough decisions, including denying almost all wage increase requests, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved a balanced budget for fiscal year 2014-2015.

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Mid Michigan Motorplex races helps local Toys for Tots fundraising

For well over a decade, Mary Ledford, of Mid Michigan Motorplex, has been hosting an annual race to help support Montcalm County’s Toys for Tots program. On good years, the effort has raised as much as $2,000; bad years have brought in as little $500. But every race has gone a long way toward brightening the Christmas mornings of the county’s neediest children.

Stanton Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws and City Manager Jake Eckholm discussed several possible municipal improvement ideas with commissioners at Tuesday’s regular City Commission meeting. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton City Commission turns to downtown improvements

New City Manager Jake Eckholm has been busy during his first few weeks on the job and is already formulating plans for various improvements around the town. At Tuesday evening’s meeting of the city commission, he laid out some of those plans.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks with residents of Montcalm County on Monday at the monthly Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College in Sidney. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons return to everyday work in Lansing

The return of fall provides many physical and cultural changes throughout Michigan, not to mention the reconvening of a full-time Legislature in Lansing. With the return of everyday politics at the Capitol, EightCAP Inc. welcomed the first Legislative Update meeting Monday at Montcalm Community College since the Legislature adjourned last May for summer recess.

Rex, a German shepherd from the Czech Republic, recently retired from his job with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office after being diagnosed with canine degenerative myelopathy. He will live with his trainer, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Williams. — Courtesy photo

Montcalm County police dog retires

One of the most enthusiastic employees of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is being forced into retirement. Rex, a German shepherd, is being retired after seven years of service. His retirement comes on the heels of a diagnosis of canine degenerative myelopathy — a progressive disease of the spinal cord for which there is no cure.

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Former Montcalm County sheriff dies in Florida

A former Montcalm County sheriff, a man who dedicated most of his adult life to law enforcement, died Aug. 29 in Sun City Center, Fla. Thomas Hebert was 83 years old.

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CM continues contract with school nurse

Years ago, every elementary school had its own school nurse to clean and bandage playground scrapes, provide a cot to rest on with an upset stomach and to hand out an aspirin for a headache. Those days have gone by the wayside.

The Central Montcalm High School Marching Band plays the national anthem prior to the start of last Friday’s varsity football game at Central Montcalm High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm band gets $2,500 from Sheridan VFW

The quest to purchase new uniforms for the Central Montcalm High School Marching Band took a big step forward at last Friday’s varsity football game. Before the game began, Sheridan VFW Post 5065 Commander Donald P. Rule and Senior Vice Commander Ronald Kessler donated a check in the amount of $2,500 toward the new uniforms.

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Central Montcalm school board maps out year

When the school year started, many teachers passed out rubrics so their students would know the expectations for the class.

On Wednesday, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education and superintendent met at a special meeting to do a similar task.

A 61-year-old Stanton man was hospitalized in serious condition after a rollover crash on Carson City Road (M-57) near Town Hall Road around 3:32 p.m. Thursday. The man crashed into a utility trailer being pulled by a truck, the driver of which which failed to stop at a stop sign. — Courtesy photo

Stanton man seriously injured in M-57 crash near Carson City

A man has been hospitalized in serious condition after a rollover crash on Carson City Road (M-57) on Thursday afternoon.