Elisabeth Waldon

Rep. John Moolenaar, at right, talks agricultural issues with Stephanie Kipp, field and storage manager for Andersen Brothers farm, and John Kran, associate national legislative counsel for the Michigan Farm Bureau. — Daily News/Elisabeth WaldoN

Rep. John Moolenaar talks agriculture and refugees with farmers

Local farmers had a chance to share their thoughts with the Congressman for Michigan’s 4th District on Friday. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, toured Andersen Brothers, a centennial farm in rural Blanchard, and met with constituents to discuss agricultural issues, such as food labeling and environmental standards, as well as concerns about ISIS and refugees.


Ionia County’s physical plant director resigns

Ionia County’s physical plant director resigned this month after only one year on the job.

Joseph Cusack, 35, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Fenwick, was originally hired in 2003 to work as a probation officer for Ionia County’s Juvenile Court. In October 2014, he was hired as the county’s plant director.

The 2015-2016 Montcalm County tourism magazine, designed to highlight communities and attractions throughout the county, doesn’t include the city of Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Greenville omitted from Montcalm County’s new tourism magazine

Readers paging through Montcalm County’s tourism magazine may notice the omission of a certain community — the county’s largest city. Greenville was not included in Montcalm County’s 2015-2016 tourism magazine.

Alan Morse

UPDATE: Morse pleads guilty to murdering Sidney Township man

A Sidney Township man pleaded guilty this morning to murdering an elderly man during a series of home invasions on Nevins Lake last spring.

Alan Morse, 48, was charged with the murder of Alan “Dale” Nelson, a charge with a possible penalty of life in prison, along with seven related felony charges.

Howard City Department of Public Works Director Mike VanWagner writes job assignments on a whiteboard in the DPW office. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council voices multiple complaints about DPW

A report about a water leak turned into a litany of complaints about the Department of Public Works at Monday’s Howard City Village Council meeting. The council received a written report from DPW Director Mike VanWagner — who was not in attendance at the meeting — about a water leak the DPW has been investigating since last spring.

Bruce Peterson of Blanchard uses a computer program to design a forklift at A&O Forklift in Edmore. Peterson earned a degree in architecture before going to work as an engineer at A&O. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

MADE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD: Business booming for forklift company

Beekeeping and forklifting continues to be a successful combination for an Edmore business. A&O Forklift has doubled its production in the past four years and shows no signs of slowing down. Located in the Sunrise Industrial Park — formerly home to Hitachi Magnetics Corp., which shuttered in 2004 — the business is on track to produce 250 forklifts this year. That’s steady growth from previous production of 140 forklifts in 2012 and 180 forklifts in 2013.


JUST IN: Howard City learns about $25,000 water leak

The Howard City Village Council learned the village’s Department of Public Works has finally discovered the source of a water leak … eight months after it began.

Village President Randy Heckman reported at tonight’s council meeting that the DPW noticed the village had been losing a lot of water since last spring, about $25,000 worth, to date.

Montcalm County Jail Administrator Mark Sabin will be retiring Dec. 11 after three decades of working at the jail. He was hired as a corrections officer at the Stanton jail by Sheriff Don Godell in 1985. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County Jail admin retiring; jail may contract for Wayne County inmates

Changes are coming to the Montcalm County Jail. On Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners learned the longtime jail administrator will soon be retiring, along with another corrections officer.


Voters to decide Montcalm County millage proposal March 8

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-0 on Monday to place a five-year Headlee override millage proposal on the ballot. Commissioner Ron Retzloff was absent from Monday’s meeting.


JUST IN: Montcalm County BOC approves Headlee override ballot proposal

Montcalm County voters will likely be deciding more than a presidential primary in the March 8 election.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners today voted 8-0 to place a five-year Headlee override millage proposal on the ballot.