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The Stanton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was reinstated in 2014 to help improve downtown Stanton. For the first time since 2014, the DDA is expected to earn revenue through the Taste of Montcalm festival on June 24. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton DDA expects revenue through Taste of Montcalm

For the first time since being re-established in 2014, Stanton’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is expected to bring in revenue. “I’m just ecstatic about that (making revenue) and what they’re going to do for the city,” City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert said while going over the city’s budget on April 25.

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Montcalm County commissioners approve budget calendar

Montcalm County’s Finance & Personnel Committee on Monday approved a variety of budgetary motions, including a 2018 budget calendar to help them stay on track.

Montcalm Community College President Bob Ferrentino welcomes graduates and family members of graduates to the college’s 50th commencement ceremony on the Sidney campus Friday evening. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Community College celebrates 50th commencement ceremony

Fifty classes of Montcalm Community College (MCC) students have walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. Those students came from all walks of life and worked toward receiving their associate’s degrees for myriad reasons.

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Montcalm County investigation nears $400,000 in bills at 9-month mark

Montcalm County is approaching $400,000 in legal costs as a financial investigation of this county hits the nine-month mark.

The Daily News submitted a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request to learn how much county commissioners have approved paying in legal and accounting bills since the investigation got underway in August 2016.

Stanton City Commissioner Karl Yoder, right, discusses the confusion for filing to run in the city’s election this year. Yoder’s position, along with two other commissioners and the mayor are up for election this year. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton mayor, 2 commissioners miss state election filing deadline

Between turnover on the Stanton City Commission and regular term limits, four out of six commissioner positions and the mayor’s seat will be on November’s ballot.
However, only Commissioner Charles “Chuck” Miel filed for re-election before the 4 p.m. April 25 deadline.

Heather Simon is graduating from the early college program at Montcalm Community College tonight, along with her classmates. Simon came to the program from Ionia High School and has worked over the last few years not only to meet academic demands but extracurricular demands as well. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Early college participant to speak at MCC graduation

Heather Simon is a busy woman. She’s the president of the Culture and Travel Club at Montcalm Community College (MCC), the president of Alpha Tau Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa and a tutor.

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Trufant man identified after fatal accident on M-66

A Trufant man has been identified as the victim of a fatal accident last week at M-66 and Sidney Road.

Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) Executive Director Steve Currie updated the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday about MAC’s legislative priorities for Michigan counties. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners hear from new MAC director

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard an update about state priorities for counties from the new leader of the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) on Monday.

Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, speak about the state’s 2017-2018 fiscal year budget during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local legislators talk about unfunded pension liabilities

In making their trips to Lansing in recent weeks, Rep. Jim Lower and Sen. Judy Emmons have found their time occupied by the looming state budget. During Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College, Lower, R-Cedar Lake, and Emmons, R-Sheridan, discussed their focus on the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget, with a goal to have it passed through the Legislature by Gov. Rick Snyder’s deadline of June 1.

A Trufant man was killed in a two-car accident April 26 at the intersection of Sidney Road and M-66. — File photo

Man killed in crash Wednesday at Sidney Road and M-66

A 59-year-old man was killed in a two-car accident Wednesday morning.