During Thursday afternoon’s Stanton City Commission meeting, from left, City Commissioner Krista Johnson, City Clerk/Treasurer Lori Braman, Mayor Ken Burris, City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert and city commissioners Charles Miel and Jane Basom discuss Pynaert’s contract. The City Commission also updated the city’s Freedom Of Information Act policy and appointed Jennifer Blum as commissioner. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton commissioners OK changes and updates

Stanton city commissioners spent much of their time during Thursday’s rescheduled meeting discussing and voting on changes, updates and policies. The commissioners voted in a new commissioner, updated the city’s Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) policy and contentiously approved the new city manager’s contract.

Cliff Williams, originally of Stanton, poses for his only granddaughter, Abby Williams. Abby was one of the two teens killed in Delphi, Ind., over a month ago. From 2 to 5 p.m. March 26, local family and friends are hosting a community memorial luncheon at the Stanton American Legion Post to remember the bond between Abby and her grandfather. — Courtesy photo

Memorial to be held in Stanton for murdered Indiana teen

While Indiana State Police continue to investigate a double homicide that occurred over a month ago in Delphi, Ind., relatives of one of the victims plan to hold a memorial in Stanton. Cliff Williams of Grand Rapids is the grandfather of Abby Williams, 13, whose body was found at Delphi Historic Trail on Feb. 14.


MAISD Board hears updates on programs

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education heard about some of the exciting things happening during a regular meeting last Thursday.


IN BRIEF: Stanton commissioners argue over office position

Before City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert was hired as part-time city manager and part-time community liaison, Stanton had a part-time shared city manager a part-time community liaison and a full-time city clerk/treasurer.

Staff changes over the past several months have resulted in a reduced city office staff consisting of Pynaert, City Clerk/Treasurer Lori Braman and Office Assistant Tiffany Kohn. The changes added one part-time office assistant position to the city.

From left, Trustee Patricia Hinrichs, Montcalm Community College President Bob Ferrentino and Debra Alexander, dean of student and enrollment services, listen to a discussion about policy governance during Tuesday afternoon’s MCC Board retreat. 

MCC board talks policy governance

The Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees had a lesson in policy governance during its retreat meeting Tuesday afternoon. The board heard a presentation via video conference from Richard Stringham, a senior consultant with The Governance Coach. The presentation detailed different elements of policy governance, a paradigm created by Dr. John Carver.

Sheridan Village Councilman Derek Wagner and Village President Susan Wyckoff-McFarland review summaries of sealed trash bids Tuesday. Both Wagner and Wyckoff-McFarland were in favor of contracting with Republic Services, which ultimately was approved by the Village Council 4-1. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Sheridan switches trash collection to Republic

Every three years, Sheridan accepts sealed bids for trash collection. During Tuesday night’s Sheridan Village Council meeting, it was time for council members to once again review bids and grant a contract to a trash collection company.

Firefighters work together to extinguish remaining hot spots of a barn fire Monday night at 2571 S. Carlson Road in Sidney Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Several 4-H animals perish in Sidney Township barn fire

A barn fire Monday night resulted in the death of several farm animals.

At approximately 11:18 p.m., firefighters from the Stanton Community Fire Department responded to the barn fire at 2571 S. Carlson Road, just west of Montcalm Community College.


IN BRIEF: Stanton City Commission fails to have quorum

Only seven people, including residents, were present at 7 p.m. Tuesday for roll call at the Stanton City Commission meeting.


IN BRIEF: Sheridan Village Council says goodbye to geese

With spring less than one week away, members of the Sheridan Village Council are already thinking about enjoying Pearl Lake.

Sheridan Community Fire Chief Ed Lingeman carries one of three dogs safely away from a house fire Friday afternoon. Four fire departments worked together to fight the house fire at 1120 W. Boyer Road in Fenwick. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

JUST IN: Family, dogs safe after Fenwick house fire

Erven and Shirley Brokaw sat in their mini van Friday and watched their house burn down. The blaze started just before 5 p.m. at 1120 W. Boyer Road in Fenwick on the home’s front porch.