Cory Smith

Edmore Village Manager James Lower, left, listens as Village President Karl Kluwe expresses his thoughts on raising the community’s water rate during Monday’s Edmore Village Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore water rate to increase by 7.2%

Residents of Edmore are about to see a rise in their monthly water bill, but it’s a step deemed necessary by Village Council members to prepare for future expenditures. At Monday’s Edmore Village Council meeting, council members voted unanimously to approve a raise in percentage at 7.2 percent for the township’s water rate, beginning with the June 2015 billing cycle.

Edmore Village Police Chief Luke Sawyer was recognized by the Edmore Village Council Monday evening for his time served as the chief before becoming a deputy with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office on May 1. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore police department set to merge with Sheriff’s Office

As Edmore Village Police Chief Like Sawyer prepares for the switch of the community’s law enforcement to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, members of the village council made sure to recognize him during his final days as the community’s chief. A contract was approved by the Edmore Village Council on March 10 and by the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners March 21.

Visible rust spots and faded paint have led to members of the Edmore Village Council to vote on a new paint job for the village’s water tower, which will occur this summer. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore water tower to get new paint job

With fading discolored blotches and growing areas of visible rust, the Edmore’s water tower will finally receive a new paint job this summer. After a year of weighing its options, members of the Edmore Village Council voted to approve a fresh paint job of the village’s water tower during Monday evening’s village council meeting.

Belding resident and attorney Katherine Henry speaks at a Belding City Council meeting during public comment in December 2014. — File photos

Belding resident, city settle federal lawsuit for $250

The federal lawsuit filed by Belding resident Katherine Henry against former City Manager Meg Mullendore and the city of Belding came to a settlement conclusion last month upon an agreement between all parties involved.

The Edmore Village water tower will receive a fresh paint of coat this summer after members of the Edmore Village Council approved the decision during Monday evening's council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Edmore water tower to receive new paint job this summer

After a year of weighing its options, members of the Edmore Village Council voted to approve a fresh paint job of the village’s water tower.

Tri County School Board President Jill Fennessy, right, shakes hands with Montcalm Area Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht after received the Level 4 Master Certification for improving her leadership skills and becoming a more effective school leader March 30 during the countywide school board meeting in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tri County board president elected to MASB Board of Directors

Tri County Area Schools Board President Jill Fennessy approaches her position with an energy and passion that is sometimes lacking in today’s world of public education. And now, Fennessy will take that dedication to public education to the state level, as she has been elected to serve on the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) Board of Directors.

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Crystal Township approves brine contract

Members of the Crystal Township Board approved a number of contract agreements Wednesday evening for the overall improvement of local roads.

Greg Wing, a field operative with Heritage Ag, tows one of the company’s planes through the parking lot at Anderson and Girls Orchards Thursday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crop-dusting pilot makes successful emergency landing

In a matter of only a few seconds, flying at a speed of nearly 150 mph, pilot Mordecai “Deke” Walker’s routine crop dusting flight was suddenly thrown askew. As he was making his return trip to Lakeview on Tuesday after a morning of dusting crops in Stanton, a “chip detector” alarm light quickly grabbed his attention.

From left, Belding City Councilman Jerry Lallo recognizes Belding Area Schools Athletic Director Joel Wilker, Belding resident Rick Beckett, girls varsity basketball coach Brad Wilson and (not pictured) boys varsity basketball coach Michael Redell with the Good Neighbor Award for organizing the “Fill the Gym” event at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s ‘Fill the Gym Night’ organizers recognized

Who could ask for better neighbors than those who bring together 1,400 people in a celebratory event overflowing with community pride? It’s been two years since a Good Neighbor Award was bestowed upon a resident or group organization in this community by the Belding City Council, but January’s “Fill the Gym Night” at Belding High School caught the attention of Councilman Jerry Lallo.

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JUST IN: Crystal Township approves $33,433 brine contract with Road Commission

Members of the Crystal Township Board approved number of contract agreements Wednesday evening for the overall improvement township roads.