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Montcalm County Household Hazardous Waste Day is June 21

Montcalm County’s Household Hazardous Waste Day will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Howard City Municipal Building at 125 E. Shaw St.

Beagles run, jump and climb in excitement at Rick Snow’s kennels in Greenville. Snow says his kennels offer plenty of space and houses for each dog and he is concerned about Montcalm County kennel ordinance updates, which would require him to build a building to house his dogs. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Dog owners say Montcalm County kennel ordinance could do more harm than good

Montcalm County’s kennel ordinance was updated last year with the goal of enacting stricter, more specific requirements. However, a number of dog owners think county officials are barking up the wrong tree.

From left, Trustee Michael Williams, Chairwoman Karen Carbonelli, Vice President for Administrative Services James D. Lantz and President Bob Ferrentino listen to a presentation Tuesday on a public outreach program focusing on a possible millage renewal for Montcalm Community College in the November election. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC Board of Trustees discusses millage renewal

The fate of more than 60 programs and affordable tuition at Montcalm Community College (MCC) will likely come before the eyes of voters at the ballot box this November. During Tuesday’s morning MCC Board of Trustees meeting, board members, accompanied by several task force members, discussed the likely possibility of asking voters to renew the current 10-year millage.

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Stanton aims for manager interviews within 30 days

The search is on for a new city manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of both the city of Stanton and the village of Lakeview. James Freed, who previously held those positions, left recently to take a job in Port Huron.

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Commissioners continue to grapple over economic development plans

The city of Greenville is moving forward with hiring an economic development service. The question is whether the rest of Montcalm County will follow.

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Central Montcalm names interim superintendent

Amy Meinhardt may be starting a fashion trend for the Central Montcalm Public School district. Meinhardt currently wears three hats in her roles as special education coordinator, technology coordinator and half-time Central Montcalm Elementary School principal.

A fourth hat was added at a special meeting Wednesday night as the school board voted unanimously to name Meinhardt as interim superintendent.

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Central Montcalm Public School votes against privatizing noninstructional services

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education voted against outsourcing noninstructional services at their May 28 meeting.

In a 6-0 vote, with Trustee Mike Barnwell absent, the board voted against privatization and discussed other options for the delivery of non-instructional services.

The 2014 graduating class of the West Michigan Virtual School consisted of 46 students from area school districts who received their high school diplomas. — Daily News/Cory Smith

46 students graduate from West Michigan Virtual School

The West Michigan Virtual School continues to grow in its second year, which was made evident Wednesday evening by the successes of 46 students who earned their high school diplomas through the educational institution. The virtual school, which began its local roots in Greenville in September 2012, launched with 17 students, 10 of them graduating last year.

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Ionia-Montcalm 4-H coordinator moving on

Rebecca McCafferty may be resigning as 4-H coordinator for Ionia and Montcalm counties, but she is going to continue her career with 4-H … albeit in the deep south.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic discusses how to fund economic development in Montcalm County at community forum Monday night at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

PA 88 discussed again as economic development solution

Local officials are still trying to figure out how to make Montcalm County “the right place” for progressive marketing. An economic development discussion took place Monday evening at Montcalm Community College, hosted by MCC President Bob Ferrentino and Vice President of Academic Affairs Rob Spohr. About three dozen local business and government officials attended the gathering to talk about the growth and advancement of commerce in Montcalm County.