Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Associate Superintendent for Business Stephanie Weese, left, answers questions about the tax levy on behalf of the MAISD from Board President Stephen Foster and Superintendent Ron Simon during Thursday morning’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MAISD prepares for accreditation visit

Even those who work in the field of education get graded from time to time.

In October, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) will host a visit from AdvancED, an accreditation organization with headquarters in Georgia and Arizona.

Julie Stafford, publisher of The Daily News, and Elisabeth Waldon, news editor of The Daily News, testified before the House Oversight and Ethics Committee on Thursday in support of a new law that would prohibit a public body from suing a person for making a FOIA request. The law was introduced by State Rep. Klint Kesto after Montcalm County sued The Daily News over a FOIA request.

Montcalm County lawsuit leads to proposed change in state FOIA law

When The Daily News utilized the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) as part of primary election coverage this summer, Montcalm County sued this newspaper. Now, state legislators are working on amending the law to make sure it doesn’t happen again.


IN BRIEF: MAISD approves hires and resignations

The new school year is underway for the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District and the board of education is approving lots of new hires.

Montcalm County is now contracting with Republic Services of Pierson to pick up corrugated cardboard at county recycling sites, like this one in Lakeview, after Recycle World of Greenville discontinued the service. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County has new cardboard recycling service

Recycle World may have discontinued its cardboard recycling service at Montcalm County recycling sites, but residents won’t notice much of a difference. Recycle World, located at M-91 and Sidney Road just north of Greenville, ended its program of picking up corrugated cardboard at Montcalm County’s six recycling sites effective today. Recycle World owner Kevin Willemstein said he made the decision as he was running out of space to store cardboard at his facility; plus his contract is for residential use, yet many commercial businesses use the cardboard recycling service, which he says has added to the issue of overflowing bins.

Recent Grand Valley State University graduate Jake Eckholm started his new job as village manager of Lakeview and city manager of Stanton on Tuesday. He will divide his time equally between the municipalities. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Eckholm leaving Lakeview and Stanton to manage Muskegon Heights

The dual manager of the city of Stanton and the village of Lakeview has accepted a new job. Jake Eckholm will be the next manager of the city of Muskegon Heights. He accepted the job Tuesday and will start Oct. 1.

Fire Chief Brian Brasington spoke at Tuesday night’s Stanton City Commission meeting regarding options for replacing the fire department’s tanker truck. The city and fire department are looking into a loan/grant option to help pay for the truck. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Stanton considers replacing fire truck

This city’s fire chief wants a new fire truck.

Stanton Fire Chief Brian Brasington spoke to the Stanton City Commission during Tuesday’s meeting about procuring a new truck for the department.

Trees along Camburn Street, south of Main Street, would be included in a proposed removal in the cit of Stanton. City commissioners, Stanton resident and former Judge Charles Miel and the audience discussed the removal again during Tuesday night’s Stanton City Commission meeting. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Pear trees leave Stanton residents divided

The suggested removal of Bradford pear trees along Camburn Street has branched out into a larger conversation.

The topic was brought up again during Tuesday’s Stanton City Commission meeting when Stanton resident and former Judge Charles Miel presented several reasons why he believed the trees should remain.

Megan Ayres, third from left, is pictured with her Polish classmates in Ostromecko, Poland. Ayres visited several places in Poland during her nearly yearlong exchange student program through Rotary Club. — Courtesy photo

Greenville graduate reflects on her 10 months in Poland

After Megan Ayres’s high school graduation in 2015, she decided to take a year to participate in Rotary Club’s exchange student program. During Tuesday’s Greenville Rotary Club meeting, she presented a movie she made about her experience and gushed about the memories she had made.

Auctioneer Marty Spaulding, left, points to a woman holding her bidding card high in the air during Tuesday’s Montcalm/Ionia county public land auction at the Sheridan Community Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Ionia and Montcalm counties recoup unpaid taxes through land auction

On the surface, a piece of vacant, foreclosed property in Edmore would attract little to no attention to anyone driving past it. But at Tuesday’s Montcalm/Ionia county public land auction, nearly every piece of property up for grabs, including small empty parcels such as that rural roadside lot on North Cedar Lake Road, commanded attention.

Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen stands to address Jim Lower, the Republican candidate for the 70th District State House during Monday evening’s Mid-Michigan United Sportsmen Alliance candidate forum. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Forum discusses conservation issues with 70th District candidate

State House candidate Jim Lower had the opportunity to talk conservation with potential constituents Monday evening. Twin Ponds Sports Shop in Stanton hosted what was supposed to be a candidate forum to talk about various conservation issues that affect the 70th District and the state of Michigan as a whole. However, Lower of Cedar Lake was the only candidate to attend.