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Sheridan Community Fire Chief Ed Lingeman carries one of three dogs safely away from a house fire Friday afternoon. Four fire departments worked together to fight the house fire at 1120 W. Boyer Road in Fenwick. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

JUST IN: Family, dogs safe after Fenwick house fire

Erven and Shirley Brokaw sat in their mini van Friday and watched their house burn down. The blaze started just before 5 p.m. at 1120 W. Boyer Road in Fenwick on the home’s front porch.

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Firefighters battle wind and flames in Sidney

On top of 46 power line calls and eight wildfire/grass fire calls Wednesday, three fire departments also responded to a structure fire. Sheridan Community Fire Chief Ed Lingeman received the call from Montcalm County Central Dispatch at 9:30 a.m. for a pole barn fire at 6571 S. Miller Road in Sidney.

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FOIA request reveals Stanton city manager applicants had experience

New Stanton City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert was one of six applicants who applied for the position.

In selecting Pynaert at the Feb. 14 meeting, city commissioners claimed she was the only applicant with municipal management experience, but the applications submitted suggest otherwise.

Mr. Orange (who’s unadoptable) perches on the cat room sink and watches the other cats in Cannonsville Critter’s cat room. The no-kill, nonprofit cat rescue is raising money to build a bigger cat building. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Local cat rescue raising money for expansion

Driving down Cannonsville Road in Stanton, the house atop the hill doesn’t look like it accommodates over a dozen cats, but that’s how many rescue cats Tom and Michelle Hocking care for in their house.

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Dollar General coming to Pine Township

It only took 10 minutes for the Pine Township Zoning Board to give the go-ahead for a proposed Dollar General during Monday’s zoning board of appeals meeting.

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Software changes follow change in leadership in Stanton

During Stanton’s City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert’s first two weeks as full-time city manager, she has started to make some changes.

Local clerks stand silently in a show of support for Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard on Monday night as Cato Township Clerk Louis Morse and Belvidere Township Clerk Sheila Smith ask the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to continue paying Millard for her election programming work. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

County removes itself from election programming to resolve dispute

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners have finally found a way to resolve an election programming payment dispute — by removing themselves from the equation entirely. The issue was hammered out during a nearly three-hour meeting Monday night, which was attended by nearly 50 people, including multiple local clerks.

Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, speaks Monday in a room full of constituents at the Legislative Update meeting held at Montcalm Community College.

Lower discusses failed effort to cut income tax

In just his second month in office as a state representative, Jim Lower experienced a legislative session last week typically reserved for long, lame-duck negotiating evenings in December. Rep. Lower, R-Cedar Lake, spent the majority of Feb. 22, along with his fellow members of the Legislature, tweaking, negotiating and eventually voting on House Bill 4001.

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IN BRIEF: Stanton City Commission endorses Taste of Montcalm

It may only be February, but Stanton City Commissioners discussed the June Taste of Montcalm festival at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Stanton City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert asked city commissioners to endorse the festival, which had it’s inaugural event last year.

Dumpsters for multi-family trash services, such as apartments, are part of the sealed bids proposals the Village of Sheridan is collecting. Granger, a Lansing-based trash and recycling collection, bought Sidney Sanitation in 2016 and has a contract for trash service in Sheridan until May. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Sheridan accepting trash collection bids

Village residents could see a change in trash service later this spring.