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Naxolone, sold under the brand name Narcan, is an antidote for opioid overdose that works by bonding to receptors in the body and blocking opioids from bonding to those same receptors. The drug is virtually free of side effects aside from inducing withdrawal symptoms in some people. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

County law enforcement receive naloxone kits to combat overdoses

Montcalm County law enforcement officials are armed with something new after a special training session Wednesday. In partnership with the Montcalm Care Network, Brandon Hool and Jonathan Lamaire gave two presentations to law enforcement officers on the drug naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, which acts as an antidote to opioids such as heroin, morphine, methadone and Oxycontin.

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Montcalm County releases sheriff candidates’ personnel files

The Daily News utilized the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain the personnel files of five candidates running for sheriff in two counties, in an effort to research the character and job performance of all five men.

Aaron Reames of Winfield Township breaks down a cardboard box before placing it in a dumpster Wednesday at a Montcalm County recycling site located in the Leppink’s parking lot on Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County recycling service remains uncertain

Montcalm County officials are trying to crack down on littering at recycling sites, even the future of those recycling sites appears uncertain. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday voted 8-1 to ask the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office to look into the possibility of making littering at recycling sites a civil infraction enforced by community members. The recommendation was made by the county’s Solid Waste Management Planning Committee on July 21.

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Montcalm County sues Daily News, sheriff candidates over FOIA requests

The chief judge of Ionia and Montcalm counties has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Montcalm County against The Daily News and two sheriff candidates after The Daily News filed a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain the candidates’ personnel files.

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Montcalm County commissioners left in the dark over lawsuit

The entire Montcalm County Board of Commissioners were left in the dark when Montcalm County sued The Daily News, Undersheriff Mike Williams and Deputy Charlie Mahar on Friday. Commissioners were not told about the lawsuit when they met for their regular monthly meeting Monday and they did not know the case went to trial and was dismissed by a judge Tuesday.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County hears sobering audit report

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard a sobering audit report today and unanimously voted to approve the report.

Bill Tucker from Abraham & Gaffney gave the report based on county financial statements from September 2015. He pointed out several weaknesses and failures in the county’s current financial statements, as well as those from years past.

Contributors to the first annual 100+ Men Who Care event listen Tuesday evening at Montcalm Community College as Mark Bellinger of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office delivers a presentation for charity. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Men Who Care raise money for law enforcement memorial fund

Mike Williams had spent several months wondering what he could do to make a significant difference in the community, and thanks to the charitable spirit of more than 100 women, he found an answer.

On Tuesday evening, the Montcalm County Undersheriff hosted the first 100+ Men Who Care event at Montcalm Community College, following in the footsteps of the second annual 100+ Women Who Care event.

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Montcalm County emergency services on display at open house

Local emergency service departments will host an open house Saturday to showcase the many services they provide.

The public services house will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at 655 N. State St. and will feature the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services, Montcalm County Central Dispatch and the Road Commission for Montcalm County.

Volunteers and employees with the Mid-Michigan District Health Department work together during a preparedness exercise at Central Montcalm High School on Wednesday as officials gather in the center of the gymnasium to evaluate the exercise. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Health department hosts emergency preparedness exercise

Be it a medical epidemic or a release of harmful chemicals by terrorists, preparing for the worst of outcomes is not only important, but required for the Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD). On Wednesday morning, officials with the department did necessary steps to do just that — be prepared — by staging an emergency preparedness exercise.

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Flat River Watershed meetings scheduled for July and August

Four meetings will be held throughout the Flat River Watershed to present water quality data and discuss recommendations to restore and protect the watershed.

Spanning 564 square miles in Kent, Montcalm, Ionia, and Mecosta counties and incorporating three major communities — Belding, Greenville, and Lowell — the Flat River Watershed is home to a lively biotic community and viable small mouth bass fishery. Incorporating 150 miles of stream channel, the Flat River and its tributaries are incredibly scenic and beloved for their recreation possibilities.