Elisabeth Waldon

John Compton is manager of the Edmore Inn, which participates in the Michigan Prisoner Re-entry Initiative, a program with the goal of helping paroled prison inmates find housing and employment. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Prisoner re-entry initiative aims to help parolees become success stories

One might think the most violent offenders are being encouraged to come to town and run about unchecked, according to repeated comments voiced by audience members at recent Edmore Village Council meetings.

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6 murder suspects bound over for trial

Six men with multiple charges related to the murder of a Spencer Township man were bound over for trial Tuesday in a Kent County court.

Howard City Village President S. Michael Scott is stepping down after 40 years on the village council. He is the fourth generation of his family to serve on the council. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Retiring Howard City village president is a fourth generation public servant

A member of the Scott family has sat on the Howard City Village Council for four generations in a row — three times as village president. That notable feat ends tomorrow.

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The Howard City Village Council discusses how to hire a village manager at Monday night’s meeting, from left to right, retiring Village President S. Michael Scott, incoming village president Randy Heckman and council members Tom Harris and Janice Williams. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council to interview new batch of manager candidates

Three candidates have been interviewed and found wanting for this village’s manager position. The Howard City Village Council voted tonight to forgo three finalists and interview three new candidates.

Surveyors are using these markers, known as “monuments,” to replace ancient markers as part of a remonumentation project throughout Montcalm County.

State remonumentation project sees funding setbacks

A statewide surveying project two decades in the work has hit a funding roadblock … and state and local officials are confused as to why.

Cedar Springs City Manager Thad Taylor, standing, shakes hands with Howard City Councilwoman Jodi Cummings after Taylor’s job interview Tuesday evening, while Councilman Max Gondre, far left, and Village President S. Michael Scott, far right, look on. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Cedar Springs manager interviews in Howard City

Thad Taylor didn’t have to travel far to his job interview Tuesday evening. The Cedar Springs city manager drove a dozen miles north to interview as a finalist for Howard City village manager.

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Montcalm County raises $150,000+ to bring on Right Place coordinator

Montcalm County is quickly becoming The Right Place for economic development. The Montcalm Economic Alliance has raised more than $150,000 to hire a business development coordinator for the next three years with The Right Place, a West Michigan economic development organization.

Daniel Faulkner, center, is quizzed by members of the Howard City Village Council at a special meeting Monday evening. Faulkner is one of three finalists for the village manager position. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Village Council interviews first manager finalist

This village’s council interviewed the first of three finalists for village manager Monday evening. Daniel Faulkner was quizzed by all seven members of the Howard City Village Council. The village’s manager job is a part-time position.

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‘Apathy’ blamed for 41 percent voter turnout in Montcalm County

More political ads were aired on one West Michigan TV station than anywhere else in the United States, but the majority of voters chose not to go to the polls Tuesday. Just 41 percent of Montcalm County’s registered voters participated in the general election, down from almost 44 percent in the 2010 general election and 56 percent in the 2006 general election.

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Hemingsen easily re-elected 64B District Court judge

The sitting judge of Montcalm County 64B District Court was handily returned to the bench by voters Tuesday.

Judge Donald Hemingsen won the non-partisan election with 9,407 votes, compared to challenger Kathleen Dunne’s 4,568 votes, or 67 percent to 33 percent.