Elisabeth Waldon

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Updated state law affects costs for county records

A newly updated state law that hadn’t been revised in 120 years should benefit taxpayers, as well as county offices. House Bill 4075, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Rendon, R-Lake City, places a cap on the amount county treasurers can charge for an electronic copy of a property tax record at 25 cents per record and caps the total at $1,500.

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New Detroit Red Wings coach keeps family, Irish heritage close

Speak the name Jeff Blashill and hockey fans will immediately associate him with the Ferris State Bulldogs, the Grand Rapids Griffins and — most recently — the Detroit Red Wings.

But it’s his lesser known middle name, Owen, that holds the key to unlocking the rich and storied history of the generations of people who helped make Jeff Blashill who he is today.

Adam Eggleston was recently appointed the new magistrate of Montcalm County’s 64B District Court in Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

New magistrate appointed to Montcalm County’s District Court

When it comes to practicing law, Adam Eggleston is a triple threat. He has worked on the prosecution side, the defense side and now he’s on the bench as the newly appointed magistrate of Montcalm County’s 64B District Court.

Little Whitefish Lake Association President Matt Matlosz listens as Montcalm County Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines attempts to explain the status of an ongoing financial discrepancy involving the sewer fund of Little Whitefish Lake in Pierson Township during a special meeting Monday in Stanton. (Daily News | Elisabeth Waldon)

Montcalm County officials debate Pierson Township sewer fund

Well, this stinks. That was the consensus at Monday’s subcommittee meeting during which Montcalm County officials attempted to sort out a sewer fund discrepancy involving Little Whitefish Lake in Pierson Township.

Jim Kersjes of Grand Rapids, a volunteer with the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, prepares to help kayakers portage around fallen trees in the Tamarack Creek. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Traversing the Tamarack: Behind the scenes with a backyard treasure

A group representing the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly recently kayaked down a local tributary, and I went along for the ride. A banner boasting the epic title “Voyage of Discovery” was on display last Friday morning at Minnie Farmer Park on the east side of Howard City. The voyage covered about three miles of the Tamarack Creek from Minnie Farmer Park’s artesian well to Artman Park on Howard City’s west side.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County medical responder requests move forward

Several requests involving medical first responder vehicles and equipment moved forward at today’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Finance & Personnel Committee meeting.

The 96 graduating seniors of Lakeview High School’s class of 2015 toss their caps into the air at the conclusion of Sunday’s commencement ceremony. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview High School graduates 96 seniors

Graduation caps are traditionally thrown into the air at the end of a commencement ceremony, but Lakeview seniors had to hold onto their hats Sunday afternoon while a strong wind played toss-up with caps and honors cords alike.

This white bridge is a popular draw for photographs and weddings at Artman Park, located on the Tamarack Creek just west of Howard City. The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly has a project underway to stabilize the park’s streambanks, which have been eroding. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Muskegon River Watershed projects in the works for Montcalm County

The Muskegon River travels through 12 counties in Michigan, playing a major role in the Great Lakes State moniker. A group of river-lovers have been working for almost two decades with the mission to preserve, protect and restore the Muskegon River Watershed, which encompasses more than 2,700 miles in west central Michigan.

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Future uncertain for Greenville Area Senior Center

A Greenville gathering place for senior citizens over the past two decades may not be around much longer. The Greenville Area Senior Center at 715 S. Baldwin St. has experienced a slew of resignations and declining active membership in the past year.

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JUST IN: Muskegon River Watershed Assembly projects underway in Montcalm County

The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly (MRWA) is working on some exciting projects in Montcalm County.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard an update today from MRWA Director Terry Stilson. The Muskegon River is the second longest river in Michigan at 217 miles long. The Muskegon River Watershed is situated in west central Michigan and encompasses more than 2,700 miles.