Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin, left, and newly elected Village President Michael Kotenko are excited to work side by side as the village is experiencing growth, improvements and new businesses. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore community sees growth, improvements

A Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy has succeeded a Montcalm County sheriff’s lieutenant as Edmore’s new leader. Karl Kluwe retired as a sheriff’s patrol lieutenant in 2010. He went to work as Edmore’s manager and police chief from 2010 to 2013, and then again as village president since 2014. He oversaw his final Edmore Village Council meeting in October.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services Supervisor Brandon Mulnix, at right, and Rescue 23 official Steve VanHolstein, at left, show some of the 4,000-plus items collected in a Montcalm County public safety food drive. — Courtesy photo

4,000-plus items collected in Montcalm County food drive

Montcalm County public safety officials were hoping to collect 500 items in a recent food drive. They collected more than 4,000.

Mattson’s Hardware employees are pictured at Howard City’s inaugural buck pole event to celebrate the opening day of hunting season Nov. 15. A total of 18 bucks and more than 300 people participated in the event. Pictured from left to right are Mattson’s employees including Mattson’s owners Ruth and Rick Kilts pictured in center. — Courtesy photo

Buck up: Howard City’s buck pole draws crowd

Opening day of hunting season is practically a holiday in Montcalm County, so it’s no surprise Howard City’s inaugural buck pole event was a smashing success. The buck pole went up in the vacant lot at the corner of Ensley Street and Shaw Street (where the village’s farmers market is held) in the early morning hours of Nov. 15, sponsored by Mattson’s Hardware and Mac’s Rustic Sports. The Howard City Fire Department helped with lighting for the event.

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IN BRIEF: Howard City funeral home faces water shutoff

This village’s funeral home may have its water turned off this morning due to the owner, who is also the village manager-president, allegedly not complying with backflow device testing requirements, according to another village employee.
During Monday night’s Howard City Village Council meeting, Department of Public Works Director Mike Van Wagner informed Manager-President Randy Heckman that Van Wagner would be shutting off the water supply to Heckman Funeral Home at 225 E. Edgerton St. in downtown Howard City at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.

A pile of trash sits in next to a recycling bin in the parking lot of Leppink’s Food Center in Howard City on Friday, even though the Montcalm County recycling site has signage specifically stating “No Trash.” The recycling site will be permanently closed down by Dec. 23 due to repeated issues of trash abuse, as well as funding problems for the county. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City recycling site to close; county’s recycling future uncertain

Two of Montcalm County’s seven recycling sites will have closed by year’s end, and the future remains uncertain for the remaining five locations.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Nov. 7 to eliminate Howard City’s recycling site due to an increase in county recycling costs.

Judge Ray Voet

Ionia County District Court offers bench warrant amnesty

IONIA — Ionia County’s 64A District Court has a special, limited time offer this holiday season. The court is extending a bench warrant amnesty period now through Dec 30. Individuals with open bench warrants for failing to pay fines and costs, failure to appear or failure to comply with a court order can clear their [...]

Jackie Gachter

Fatal farm accident leaves family devastated

Nobody could tell Jackie Gachter what to do. She had a mind of her own. She lived hard and loved hard.

Gachter died Sunday in a devastating farming accident near Sheridan. She was 54 years old.

Kristen Millard

Voter turnout down in Ionia, Montcalm counties

The most divisive presidential election in recent history resulted in a decrease in voter turnout for both Ionia and Montcalm counties Tuesday. Ionia County saw a 61 percent turnout, while Montcalm County was not much better at just under 63 percent.

Voters wait patiently in line Tuesday at Faith Baptist Church in Greenville as they prepare to cast their votes in the general election. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Schafer elected to preside over the 8th Judicial Circuit Court

A former prosecutor appointed judge was handily elected to the bench Tuesday. Voters chose Ron Schafer of Portland to preside over the 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which rotates between Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Residents of Greenville cast their votes in the presidential election at Faith Baptist Church on Tuesday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Amash, Moolenaar both returned to Congress

Incumbents in Michigan’s 3rd and 4th Congressional districts were easily re-elected to office Tuesday. Voters returned Justin Amash, a Republican, to the 3rd District, which covers portions of Barry, Calhoun, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties.