SHORT TAKES: Several races decided during primary

Don’t forget to vote tomorrow. It’s the 2012 Primary Election and this year there are several close races and a handful of important issues affecting our area that will be decided by the end of the night.

This is typically the time when a field of candidates from a political party is narrowed to one, who will then run against the candidate from the opposing party in November. But this year, several races will be decided tomorrow including Montcalm County prosecuting attorney and Ionia County clerk. One of the key issues on the ballot is whether to continue the 0.75 mill for the ambulance and medical first response services for Montcalm and Ionia counties for the next four years.

Often times, candidates and issues are decided by a handful of votes. Make sure you go to the polls tomorrow. Every vote counts.

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Main streets around the area are getting a chance to showcase what small towns are all about. On Friday evening, more than 50 people donned pink and danced Zumba in the streets of Belding as part of the first Paint the Town Pink Block Party. Then on Saturday and Sunday, Gus Macker brought out athletes young and old for some good ol’ competition.

Greenville’s main street was lined with cool cars from all eras on Saturday evening. If the crowd was any indication, people loved this event. And this next weekend, Stanton will get its chance to shine during Stanton Old Fashioned Days. Not only are these events great for the folks involved, but also they’re great for our local businesses that can give visitors a reason to return to our area.

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If you’re an early morning person, you’ve no doubt noticed how dark it is when you roll out of bed these days. This morning, it was sweatshirt weather, too. Almost felt like — we hate to say it — fall.

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