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Hubbardston Hydro dam may be springing back to life

The long and storied history of this village’s dam dates back more than 160 years, even before “Hubbard’s town” was founded.

It was 1853 when Joseph Brown purchased property from land speculator James Langdon and built a dam and a small sawmill on Fish Creek, a tributary to the Maple River.

Franklin Pierce succeeded Millard Fillmore as the 14th president of the United States that year and multiple Irish families were in the process of following John Cowman from Ireland to a Michigan settlement that would eventually become Hubbardston.

Campbell Industrial Force owner Rick Campbell of Gowen, center, checks in with employees Nikki Vore of Crystal, at left, and Wendy Humpert of Riverdale, at right. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore cardboard packing manufacturer bringing jobs to town

Campbell Industrial Force is experiencing some growing pains. Rick Campbell opened the family-owned business a decade ago in Edmore’s Industrial Park, where he and his employees manufacture custom cardboard shipping containers and wooden pallets. Campbell opened a second factory five years ago in the old Alma Plastics building. The arrangement is been neither practical nor convenient as Campbell, who lives in Gowen, has to drive back and forth between the Alma and Edmore plants every day.

Edmore Village Council President Chet Guild, center, listens during the public comment segment of Monday night’s meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore Village Council to interview 3 manager finalists

After firing their last village manager, the Edmore Village Council is on the search for a new one. The village council will interview three finalists at a special meeting at 7 p.m. next Monday night. The three finalists are James Lower of Ionia, James Moreno of Mount Pleasant and Alan Richard of Howard City.

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Curtis Foundation revokes Edmore’s park grant money

The Glenn D. & Nita Curtis Foundation has revoked $27,500 in grant funding from Edmore due to village council members not following required procedures.

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UPDATE: 6 suspects ID’d in connection to to Spencer Township homicide

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office has identified six people arrested in connection with the killing of a Spencer Township man Brent Luttrell, 34, was shot, stabbed and left to die alongside the road after a home invasion at his home on Pinewood Street just east of Lincoln Lake Avenue in the early morning hours of Sept. 8.

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6 people arrested in connection with murder of Spencer Township man

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office has arrested six people in connection with the murder of a Spencer Township man Brent Luttrell, 34, was shot, stabbed and left to die alongside the road after a home invasion at his home on Pinewood Street just east of Lincoln Lake Avenue in the early morning hours of Sept. 8.

The Clifford Lake Inn near Stanton is reopening next spring. Thomas and Mary Stuit of Grand Rapids recently purchased the 133-year-old landmark and plan to restore it to its former glory. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Clifford Lake Inn to reopen next spring with new owners

A historic landmark for local dining is coming back to life. The 133-year-old Clifford Lake Inn abruptly closed in November 2013. Connie McKeown, who had owned the business since 2010, declined to say why.

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Montcalm County commissioners approve balanced budget

By making some tough decisions, including denying almost all wage increase requests, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved a balanced budget for fiscal year 2014-2015.

Rex, a German shepherd from the Czech Republic, recently retired from his job with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office after being diagnosed with canine degenerative myelopathy. He will live with his trainer, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Williams. — Courtesy photo

Montcalm County police dog retires

One of the most enthusiastic employees of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is being forced into retirement. Rex, a German shepherd, is being retired after seven years of service. His retirement comes on the heels of a diagnosis of canine degenerative myelopathy — a progressive disease of the spinal cord for which there is no cure.

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Several local artists showing their work at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids

Autumn returns next week and, with it, ArtPrize.
The annual contest will officially get underway Wednesday, lasting through Oct. 12. During that time frame, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids will be featuring unique achievements both inspiring and challenging as artists offer up some of their most prized work for the West Michigan community to judge.