Health Officer Marcus Cheatham, left, listens as Orlando Todd of Local Public Health Services at the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services presents the Mid-Michigan District Health Department with a plaque congratulating the health department on 50 years of public health service. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Health department celebrates 50 years

Jane Keon grew up in St. Louis, a small town devastated by a toxic chemical mix-up that continues to result in elevated poison levels in people’s blood throughout Michigan today. When Keon grew up, she mobilized her community to protect water and fight toxic pollution, taking the fight all the way to the EPA in Washington, D.C. When John Switzer learned there was high levels of fecal matter in the Upper Maple River, he obtained grant funding to implement a watershed management plan, then leveraged a grant to assist other watersheds developing plans for the Flat River and the Pine River.


Central Montcalm school board hears about band and robotics

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education recognized both band and robotics students during Monday evening’s meeting. Members of the high school band, under the direction of Matt Reed, earlier this year earned a Division I rating at the state Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) festival.

Board members Brian Corwin and Bud Longnecker and Board President Stephen Foster listen as Superintendent Ron Simon gives his report. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MAISD board approves retirements, resignations

Four staff members in the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) will be departing during the course of this year. The MAISD Board of Education approved the retirements of special education teacher Annegret Paas, bus driver Betty Sleight and administrative assistant Dawn Lantz and the resignation of plant and animal science teacher Abby Schofield during Thursday morning’s meeting. Paas’ retirement will be effective July 1 and Sleight’s retirement will be effective Sept. 1.

One Book One County kickoff is set for Thursday at 6 p.m.

One Book One County kick-off set for Thursday

Although this year’s One Book One County initiative will likely seem familiar to many, organizers say there have been many changes happening on the “back end.” Chief among these is that many of the program’s activities are now being organized on a local level by libraries on a community by community basis.

The streets of Stanton are considerably cleaner than previously, thanks to the efforts of two city residents who volunteered their time and equipment to help their neighbors comply with a new blight ordinance. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton men help clean up city

He’s the man who cleaned up the city, with the help of one faithful companion. No, not the Lone Ranger.

Retiree Ron Blum didn’t carry a shootin’ iron and his buddy, Frank Sawdy, doesn’t ride a horse named Scout. But together they made Stanton a nicer place to live.


Troy firm to create Stanton’s new online presence

The city has been getting its share of upgrades in recent years. From a new streetscape to roads and infrastructure — even a new festival planned for this summer — Stanton has seen its share of revitalization. Now it is about to see it’s online persona receive a makeover as well.

Montcalm Community College Director of Human Resources Connie Stewart and Vice President for Administrative Services Jim Lantz listen Tuesday as Carson City-Crystal High School Principal Duane Lyons discusses the successes of the school district. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MCC Board of Trustees hears from Carson City-Crystal area leaders

Several guests sat in on the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday evening. Among the guests were Doug Smith, deputy warden for the Carson City Correctional Facility; Gary Copp of Carson City Lumber; Carson City-Crystal Area Schools guidance counselor Grant Woodman and CC-C High School Principal Duane Lyons.


IN BRIEF: MAISD granted early start waiver

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s (MAISD) application for an early start waiver has been approved.

Robert Clingenpeel of Stanton was offered the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator on Monday after his secondary interview. If he accepts, he proposes to do the job in addition to his current position of director of the Montcalm County Commission on Aging. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County’s top job offered to Clingenpeel

After two split votes Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved offering the controller-administrator job to Robert Clingenpeel.

Clingenpeel, the director of the Commission on Aging, was one of four internal candidates for the job. Clerk Kristen Millard and accountant Brenda Taeter were also in the running while Deputy Register of Deeds Catrina Woodruff recently withdrew as a candidate.

Montcalm County Animal Control could be closed in the near future after a budget recommendation by the Montcalm County’s Finance & Personnel Committee. — File photo

County officials recommend shutting down Animal Control, closing parks

Montcalm County’s Finance & Personnel Committee is recommending shutting down Animal Control and the animal shelter and closing county parks to help with the county’s budget situation. Committee members made the recommendations Monday morning at the request of Commissioner Ron Retzloff. He recommended shutting down Animal Control, the animal shelter and all its employees, and having the Humane Society take over local animal services. Retzloff estimates this will save at least $100,000.